UT seethes after humbling loss
By Mike Finger – Express-News
AUSTIN — Many of those who stayed, booed. Many of those who played figured they would soon be subjected to worse. And in the locker room after the latest unfathomable debacle at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Mack Brown gave it to them.
At Texas, where a program accustomed to competing for championships was inexplicably and humiliatingly dominated at home by a huge underdog for the second time this season, the stages of denial and disappointment officially ended Saturday.
After a jaw-dropping 28-21 loss to Iowa State, the No. 22 Longhorns moved full-bore into anger.
They seethed during the traditional postgame playing of “The Eyes of Texas,” with defensive end Eddie Jones’ wild gesticulations looking more intimidating than anything UT had done in the four hours before. Then an infuriated Brown unleashed the kind of harsh, unfiltered emotion he had never shown after even his most bitter previous defeats.
“What we did was totally unacceptable,” Brown said. “There’s no way to hide from that.”
More than once, Brown said his team “stunk.” More than once, he criticized his team’s “arrogance.” After conceding that Iowa State — which was blown out 52-0 by Oklahoma last week and had never defeated UT — was better coached than the Longhorns, Brown said he’s “mystified” by why his team wasn’t ready to play.
“I’m trying,” Brown said. “I’m fighting my guts out to get them turned. … You can’t trust your team.”
ISU (4-4, 2-2 Big 12) began the day ranked 112th nationally in total defense and 104th in total offense. The Cyclones had been outscored 120-27 in their last two games and hadn’t won a game against a ranked opponent on the road in 20 years.
UT (4-3, 2-2) was coming off what appeared to be a season-saving victory at then-No. 5 Nebraska. But despite the fact that they followed an impressive road performance at Texas Tech with an embarrassing home loss to UCLA in September, the Longhorns thought it was inconceivable it could happen again.
“Nobody for a second thought we could lose,” running back Tre’ Newton said.