Longhorns kickoff tough Big 12 stretch against OSU in Stillwater

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Texas Longhorns players celebrate following a touchdown. (Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE)

The Longhorns (3-0) begin conference play in Stillwater against the defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1). Coming in at just 6-11 in conference play over the last couple of seasons, Texas hopes to start a reversal to that trend with a win in Stillwater.

“This is the first step. The goal is to win the conference,” defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said. The 12th ranked Longhorns will take that first step with a high level of confidence gained from their performance in Oxford, where they romped over Ole Miss 66-31.

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That’s the highest offensive output from Texas since Vince Young was under center. “It’s been a long time around here since people were pleased with what they saw offensively,” coach Mack Brown said.

People were especially pleased with what they saw from David Ash who solidified his position as the starting quarterback, throwing for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns. “Before last week, I don’t think there was anybody that liked me,” Ash said. “Now everybody likes me.” After beating out Case McCoy for the starting job, Ash is ranked third in passing efficiency nationally with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

Ash will likely have to keep winning fans over in the next stretch of games for Texas to remain a Big 12 contender. After their matchup in Stillwater with the top-scoring team in the nation, Texas will host Big 12 newcomer West Virginia before the Red River Shootout in Dallas.

“I want to see our toughness,” Brown said. “I want to see how good we are nationally. We’re going to see that here soon.” Mack Brown knows the next month or so will determine if the Horns are really ready to return to their 2009 form, when they last won the Big 12. “We can show everybody we’re better,” Brown said. “Or we can show we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Information from TexasSports.com was used in this article.

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