Texas coach Mack Brown has had plenty of frustrating moments throughout his worst season as the Longhorns' coach. A sixth loss -- 33-16 to Oklahoma State at home -- did little to lessen the frustrations.
But 2010 will not be the start of a program decline, Brown says.
"This is a one-year deal. We’ve had the perfect storm of all bad things that could possibly happen, and we haven’t done as good of a job as we could have as coaches," Brown said. "In my estimation, we should have won three, maybe four extra games. We should be 7-3 probably sitting here now, and that’s the disappointing thing for me, for the players and the fans, that we could have done a better job."
Injuries to key players at receiver, running back, offensive line and defensive back have forced Texas to play young talent on an already young team. Losses to Oklahoma, Iowa State and Baylor came by one possession. Texas also turned the ball over four times in the first half in a loss to UCLA.
The Longhorns have lost four consecutive games at home for the first time since 1956, only the latest in a handful of records set for futility from Texas.
That streak could come to an end on Saturday when the Longhorns host Florida Atlantic before a season finale in Austin against Texas A&M. A win on Saturday would move Texas' home record to 2-4 and still keep them within an upset over the rival Aggies of a bowl berth.
"You’d love to get this one on Saturday and then at least give yourself a chance on Thanksgiving to get to a bowl and get 13 extra practices to practice your young guys and take some momentum into next year," Brown said.