Texas getting scarier by the week

They're not back yet.

Oklahoma proved that for four hours in Dallas back in October.

Texas is building up steam to a big finish with its best performance of the year on Saturday, a complete victory over Texas Tech, 52-20.

The Longhorns finally look like they're running the ball like Mack Brown wanted them to all last season.

A week after rushing for 441 yards against Kansas, the Longhorns racked up another 439 against Texas Tech.

Both rush defenses rank in the bottom 10 nationally, but Texas has executed well for two consecutive weeks. The Longhorns don't need 400 yards rushing to win games, but when they run the ball like they did today, Texas showed how dominant it can be.

An offense reduced to a single dimension like Texas Tech's today is a welcome sight for defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. He loves the tastes of blitzes on a fall Saturday, and leads that balloon to 31-6 at halftime make him salivate.

His defense has answered.

Throw out that Oklahoma loss, and Texas has looked excellent every week this season. Undefeated Oklahoma State's passing game was held to its lowest total of the season and its second-lowest margin of victory against the Longhorns.

Since making the switch from Garrett Gilbert, Texas has won four games by an average of 33.5 points.

And, of course, Texas has officially qualified for a bowl game with its sixth win after last year's 5-7 season.

Today's effort was without two of the team's best players, too. Leading rusher Malcolm Brown and leading receiver Jaxon Shipley both sat out the game.

The big wins and return to the elite probably won't happen this year.

But Texas is moving in that direction fast, and picking up speed by the week.