Applewhite Talks A&M Win, Baylor Game

How do you know when a team has a good offense? When the opposing team's offense, as well as its defense, is worried about how to contain it.

"It's kind of that Texas Tech theory when they're throwing around a whole bunch and scoring a ton of points," said Major Applewhite, Texas co-offensive coordinator. "Taking care of the ball is obviously number one. So you can maintain possession. Long drives. Take as much time off the clock as you can. Those are important because they're an explosive offense. Those are some things we'll talk about. Then obviously there are some things schematically that we'll do. But obviously you want to keep the ball out of [Baylor's QB] Robert [Griffin III's] hands."

The Longhorns enter Saturday's contest with a chance at eight wins after pulling out a last-second 27-25 victory at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving.

"Relief," Applewhite said about what he felt after getting the win. "I know that meant a lot to a lot of people on both sides. So there was a sense of relief after it was over. I felt very fortunate because we didn't play very well on offense at all. So I felt fortunate that our defense and special teams kept us in there. Then we made enough plays on that last drive offensively to win the ball game.

"So I'm happy for the guys," Applewhite said. "This will be a memory that those kids will have for the rest of their lives. That they were the last team to beat A&M. So happy and relieved. At the same time it was a little weird. Because now all of a sudden you've still got a game left. For those who have been here for a while, you've always ended it with that one. But everybody was just extremely happy to win in their place."

Applewhite had plenty of praise for cornerback Quandre Diggs as well, who helped Applewhite's special teams unit in a huge way.

"He wants to be on the field," Applewhite said. "So he does whatever his coach asks him to do. Regardless of if it's Duane [Akina], or me on kickoff returns. He does exactly what the coaches ask him to do. He loves football. He has a tremendous amount of self-pride. So he doesn't want to let himself down or the other teammates down. So he gives it his all. Listening to the coaches and his athletic ability combines into a great player.

"And then when a guy's like that, when he listens to you, when he does what multiple coaches tell him to do, he's just a guy that you trust," Applewhite said. "Because he's got so much pride in his job. So you say, 'That guy. I trust him to go out there on the field and field that ball.'"