Texas Longhorns not there just yet

AUSTIN, Texas -- The long wait, the one that has lasted for more than two years, continues for Texas.

The No. 11 Longhorns (4-1, 1-1) are not back. Not yet. Not after getting beat by a conference newcomer and national-stage neophyte, No. 8 West Virginia (5-0, 2-0), 48-45 in front of the largest crowd ever -- 101,851 -- at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium Saturday night. Oh sure, the Mountaineers have Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith, a coach that goes with every wild hair he has on his head, and speed and swagger.

Wait, isn't all that what Texas used to have? (Minus the 'do of course.)

It was.

But the Longhorns had more. They had tradition, moxie and a mojo that had been built up over a 12-year tenure that was witness to 10-win season after 10-win season and a national title. All of that seemingly has slipped through Texas' fingers, much like so many opposing runners this season.

Yep, the wait continues. Texas, which is 1-8 against ranked teams since the start of 2010, doesn't consistently win the big ones anymore.

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