Texas Naashon Hughes (40) tackles Iowa State's Jacob Park( 10) in the second quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Golden: Texas defense’s confidence starting to emerge

Posted October 18th, 2016

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In today’s Golden’s Nuggets, Cedric touches on a couple big Bevo-related items: Here’s what he had to say about the defensive matchup versus Kansas State:

Kansas State is a good matchup for the Texas defense.

Did I really just write that?

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Yes, friends, I did.

I know, it’s a scary statement. Maybe not as scary as clowns appearing out of nowhere in parking lots and on golf courses, but given what the Longhorns have done on that side of the ball, it’s scary to think there’s actually some confidence starting to emerge.

Clown talk aside, the Big 12 scoring circus will continue to light up scoreboards on Saturday, but the Horns will actually have a chance to get some stops against the Wildcats, who are the most ball-control oriented offense in this league. The Wildcats aren’t a wide-open offense in the mode of a Texas Tech, a Baylor, or an Oklahoma. Quarterback Jesse Ertz is a go with a shoulder injury and will split snaps with last season’s starter Joe Hubener. Either way, the Horns have a chance to make some noise away from home.

There’s a first time for everything, right?

“We didn’t play well at California, didn’t play well at Stillwater, and even in Dallas we didn’t play well, and we’re going to have to,” Longhorns coach Charlie Strong said Monday. “We always just talk about packing your defense. The defense has to come alive, and we just need to go from the start.”

The Horns have lost five of their last six true road games dating back to last season. Worse yet, Texas is 1-6 all-time in Manhattan. So the law of averages should be in their favor, for whatever that’s worth.

Strong has said before each of the last three road games that Texas needs to pack its defense. Hasn’t happened yet. This would be a great time to take an Iowa State-type of performance to the Little Apple.

“We’re going to embrace the challenge of people saying we have been horrible on the road,” said defensive end Breckyn Hager. “We need to accept this challenge and take advantage of the moment.”

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on the Big 12 non-expansion and the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback situation, click here.

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