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Things have been rough in Austin lately, so they have to take their wins where they can get them. Even if they’re more moral, and less actual victories.

In case you’ve forgotten already, Texas lost in heartbreaking fashion to California over the weekend. After playing California tough the first half, it looked like the Longhorns lack of depth would be their demise in the second. After going into the locker room tied at 24 at the half, the Golden Bears jumped out to a 45-24 lead in the third quarter. The Longhorns showed a lot of mettle though, and the fourth quarter belonged to new Longhorn QB Jerrod Heard. With 1:11 left in the game and down by seven, Heard showed shades of Vince Young as he scored on a 45-yard scramble to bring the Longhorns within an extra point of tying the game. An extra point that went careening into the fans wide of the right upright.

To the Longhorn’s credit, it was a game many didn’t expect them to be competitive in, but still, it’s hard to fathom anyone in burnt orange feeling like they won that game after watching Nick Rose shank the extra point. It’s a brutal way to lose a game.

Johnson’s comments are telling to where the Longhorn program is at right now. We’re just three games into the season, and Texas already has more losses than wins. The rebuild has to start somewhere though, and it’s no secret coach Strong is a little short on depth. One thing is for sure though, the Longhorns definitely look better with Heard behind center.

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