Saturday, September 25, 2010
Longhorns conspiring against own defense
By David Ubben
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas' defense is dominating. It allowed minus-six yards of offense and just one first down in the first quarter and forced a turnover that set up Texas' only score -- a field goal that came on a four-yard scoring drive.
But twice, the defense has been put in compromising positions, once by the offense and another by special teams.
Curtis Brown fumbled a punt return inside Texas' 5-yard line that led to a four-yard scoring drive to put UCLA up early in the second quarter, 7-3.
The touchdown pass from UCLA's Kevin Prince was the Bruins' first completed pass of the game.
Earlier in the first quarter, quarterback Garrett Gilbert was sacked and fumbled, giving way to a Bruins return down to the Texas 20-yard line. The Longhorns came up with a big third-down sack to push UCLA back into a 49-yard attempt, which it missed.
It's hard to ask for much more from Texas' defense. But with the turnovers deep in its own territory, that's exactly what the Longhorns offense and special teams are doing.