It’s that time of year when coaches around the country really begin to put an emphasis on situational football. Coaches want to see their teams perform in short yardage, third-down, red zone, coming out, going in, and 2-minute drill situations.
At Texas, Mack Brown looks to past in-game situations involving the Longhorns to help his team.
Alan Trubow of the Austin-Statesman writes, “Texas will set up the exact same situations as its final drive of the 2009 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State, or the final drive of last year's Big 12 championship game against Nebraska. And fans might not want to hear it, but they also put the defense in the same final drive situation as the last-second loss to Texas Tech in 2008.”
Mack Brown said the repeat of the final drive situation from Lubbock 2008, ala Crabtree, a certain play oddly enough turned out just how it happened two years ago.
Mack Brown said, "You're not going to believe this, but when we did that, a ball went right through one of our cornerback's hands. It wasn't Blake (Gideon), and I'm not going to tell you who it was. But I thought ‘Oh, man, we are in Lubbock here.'?"
Texas will play Rice in the season-opener in Reliant Stadium in Houston.