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Pushing the Tempo
When Texas prepared for the Alamo Bowl without season-long offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, the plan was to go up-tempo after successful running plays. The Longhorn staff knew that they had an advantage in depth of talent over the Beavers and wanted to tire them out. But there was just one problem — Texas didn't have successful running plays in the first half (the lone truly successful carry went for a long Marquise Goodwin touchdown). The Longhorns didn't get a chance to speed the game up and went into the halftime locker room with a 20-10 deficit. At halftime, the Texas coaches decided to go up-tempo regardless. And with a few other shifts in emphasis, there were the Longhorns, charging forward, in the fourth quarter while the Beaver defenders had their hands on their hips, panting for air. The result was a 21-7 drilling in the second half, with Texas coming from behind to post a 31-27 victory over a solid nine-win Oregon State squad. Shortly...
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