What We Learned From Texas' 49-31 Loss To Oklahoma State

The Texas Longhorns suffered their second straight loss on Saturday, falling 49-31 in an embarrassing defeat to Oklahoma State. Texas was coming off a bye week, yet didn't seem to have the answers for the Cowboys' high-powered attack. Here are three things we learned from the game:

3) They need to improve the kicking game...NOW
It's really kind of embarrassing that this needs to be addressed, but....the Longhorns had three extra points blocked? Really? Oklahoma State players were shooting right through the line on several occasions, and on others, they blocked the kick by simply getting their hands up. This is normally an afterthought for most teams, but after this performance, it needs to be stressed every day in practice.

2) Defense is a major, major concern
Outside of their game against UTEP, Texas has given up at least 47 points in every game. They also gave up 555 yards to Oklahoma State's defense, which is the second time they've given up over 500 yards - and the third time they've given up at least 440. Something needs to chance sooner rather than later, and if this defense continues to struggle, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford could be out of a job.

1) Charlie Strong is right back on the hot seat
Speaking of coaching for your job, the loss has Strong trending back towards the hot seat. They appeared to be headed in the right direction under after beating Notre Dame in the season opener, but after two consecutive road losses - plus the realization that Notre Dame really isn't that good - doesn't do Strong any favors. Plus, he had a bye week to fix the issues that plagued them against Cal - and they only got worse in those areas. Another couple losses and Strong will practically be on his way out.

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