The past four seasons for Texas and head coach Mack Brown have not been memorable ones. Four seasons ago, in 2010, the Longhorns experienced their worst season in 16 seasons under Brown, ending up 5-7, and in 2013 they started off losing two of their first three games in a year in which a number of experts picked Texas to win the Big 12.
The Longhorns rose from the ashes, however, this season, winning six in a row to once conference play began before dropping two of their final four games, including Monday night’s 30-7 beatdown to 10th-ranked Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
Oregon (11-2) was in control 0f the game throughout, desite scoring only a single touchdown on offense. The Ducks did score twice on defense, intercepting two of Texas quarterback Case McCoy’s passes and returning them for touchdowns. Oregon sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariotta accounted for 386 of the 469 total yards of offense for the victorious Ducks. Mariotta ran for 133 yards on 15 carries and completed 18 of 26 passes for 253 more yards.
This was Brown’s final game as the Longhorns’s head coach. In 16 seasons in Austin, Brown won 158 games and lost 48, giving him 244 overall victories in his long head-coaching career.
The longtime Texas head coach received a warm salute from the capacity crowd, and the Texas band spelled out his name in honoring the second winningest coach in Longhorn history during its halftime performance.
Brown said after the game that he had no regrets about making this his final game coaching at Texas. “I think it’s best for Texas. It’s best for the players,” he said in his distinctive Tennessean drawl. “We need to win more than eight games. I really thought we had a chance to win all the games this year. It didn’t work. It’s my job to make that work. I told them (the team) tonight, the only regret I had is we didn’t win enough games this year.”
Notes & Quotes: A Few More Things From This Game You Might Not Know:
- This was Texas’ 52nd appearance in a postseason bowl game, second most in NCAA history. The Longhorns have a record of 27-23-2 in those 52 bowl games.
- The Longhorns played the Alamo Bowl game without 13 players who appeared in the team’s season-opening game.
- Mack Brown’s 244 career wins as a head coach (158 at Texas) ranks him 10th on the all-time NCAA win list for head coaches.
- Sophomore Malcom Brown’s 130 yards rushing against Oregon gave him five games this season of more than 100 yards. He is the 11th player in Longhorn history to ruch for more than 100 yards five or more times in a single season.
Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, on how Oregon put the clamps on the Longhorn offense:
“They (Oregon) were doing some things on first down. They obviously knew we wanted to run the ball and protect our quarterback a little bit so we came out in the second half with a little bit more quick game, throwing the ball a little more on first down just because they were loading the block so much. Sometimes it was helping us and sometimes we got behind the chains.”
Texas All-American defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, on the departure of his head coach, Mack Brown:
“Coach Brown loves us. He is never shy to show that he loves us. He cares about us other than football. So it’s tough to see him go. Even though me an Case are moving on, I mean, we are Texas. I mean this is the place we want to come back to and see coach Brown. It’s always going to be tough not having him there.”
“Quarterback Case McCoy, on what happened to the Texas passing attack in the Alamo game with Oregon:
“We just did a couple of things wrong. Dropped a couple of third-down conversions. They played a couple of right coverages on the third downs. That’s basically what happend in the passing game. We were trying to run the ball, control the clock most of the downs, got some third-down situations, had a couple drops, a couple missed cues. Played some bad balls.”