Five thoughts from Alamo Bowl

Not exactly the start Texas wanted ...

Fifteen plays for 23 yards was the first quarter of the play-calling career for Major Applewhite at Texas. The team committed three penalties. The initial first down for the Longhorns came on a penalty.

David Ash, historically, has not recovered well or was not given the opportunity to recover from these rough starts.

Against Oregon State, Ash recovered and recovered well. He threw the off-schedule touchdown pass to Johnathan Gray, hit Jaxon Shipley on timely first-down passes over the middle and then pitched a perfect, 36-yard pass to Marquise Goodwin for the game-winner.

Ash, or any quarterback for that matter, grows in this kind of contest. Does he still have a lot of things to work on? Yes. Is he better right now than he was when he finished the Holiday Bowl win over California last year? Yes.

Texas did not get the start it wanted but finished in a way that will help it grow going forward. Kenny Vaccaro talked after the game about the team wanting to win for the seniors and the seniors wanting to win to set up the team going into the spring.

They were both successful. After being 10 points down, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to win the game helped everyone grow going forward.