What We Learned From Texas' 45-40 Loss To Oklahoma

The Texas Longhorns lost their third straight game on Saturday, falling 45-40 to rival Oklahoma. Even though the loss was disappointing, there were a few positives to take away from Texas' performance. Here are three things we learned from the game:

3) These players will play their hearts out for Charlie Strong
Strong came into this game firmly on the hot seat, and while a loss doesn't help matters, his players did help him by how much harder they played. Everyone on the field was visibly more alert, more aggressive, more energetic and more focused in this game than they had been in past games when the effort simply wasn't there. That wasn't the case today, showing how much these players love Strong.

2) The defense is improving
One of the worst units in the country coming into this game, the Longhorns did show needed improvement on that side of the ball with Strong taking over defensive coordinator duties. Yes, they did give up 672 yards to the Sooners (ouch), but they did force four turnovers on Saturday after creating just one in their previous four games combined. Obviously this unit has some major work to do, but their aggressiveness is a good sign moving forward.

1) Texas NEEDS to turn turnovers into points
As you could imagine, the Longhorns hadn't scored a single point off a turnover coming into this game. Considering they only had one opportunity, that's not necessarily a surprising stat. However, they only managed three points off of Oklahoma's four turnovers - and that cost them this game. That's an area that needs a LOT of improvement.

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