Texas Football Head Coach Charlie Strong Still Relishing Win over Notre Dame
Texas Longhorns football head coach Charlie Strong spent 30 minutes with the Austin media today and exactly 10 seconds talking about UTEP.
"We'll get ready for UTEP. I know they had an offense last week that had over 500 yards, and their running back that ran for 200 yards himself. So it will be another challenge for our defense."
That was it, and understandably so. Strong, who is in his third season as Longhorns head football coach, just won the biggest game of his Texas career last night. A double overtime thriller against a Notre Dame team that began the season ranked 10th in the country. Anyone who watched the game arguably witnessed one of the most exciting contests in the history of Darrell K. Royal Stadium. Strong gave his team the day off today, so nobody in Austin has any idea what to expect from the Miners Saturday evening.
Can Texas just show up and hang 50-plus points on UTEP? Most Longhorns fans are betting on it, especially after watching their offense carve up the Irish defense for 517 yards and 50 points. The UTEP defense did not look dominant against their I-10 rivals from Las Cruces, and new coordinator Tom Mason will have his work cut out for him this week. The Miners will try and slow down freshman quarterback Shane Buechele and their up tempo, no-huddle system. When Buechele is not under center, the Horns will use 6-4, 249 pound senior Tyrone Swoopes. All he did last night was rush for 54 yards and three touchdowns.Then there's D'Onta Foreman, the 249-pound junior running back who is a load to bring down.
On the flip side, the Texas defense did not look particularly great against Notre Dame, and they allowed the Irish to come back from 17 points down only to take the lead in the fourth quarter. UTEP junior star running back Aaron Jones is chomping at the bit to show off his skills in the open field against the Texas defense. New UTEP offensive coordinator Brent Pease will try and establish the running game early, but junior quarterback Zack Greenlee showed the ability to throw the ball downfield well against New Mexico State.
It all adds up to an offensive slugfest that should produce a ton of points and plenty of excitement. Are the Miners truly 28-point underdogs against a team that won only five games last season? Probably not, but the Longhorns earned a lot of respect in Vegas after last night's win.