For Iowa State, it was a historic day Saturday as they beat Texas for the first time in the school’s history. It was also the first time the Cyclones had beaten a ranked team on the road since 1990.
For Texas? It was yet another forgettable day in a season that’s quickly unraveling at the seams and imploding at its core, losing at home for the second straight game for the first time since 1997.
While there was much joy in Ames, there was nothing but the wailing and gnashing of teeth in Austin. It’s so bad in Longhorn country that one headline in the Austin American-Statesman referred to the “languishing Longhorns” as “listless, leaderless”.
Described as angry as anyone has ever seen him, Mack Brown joined the postgame crowd in wondering just what in the hell is going on with a team that saw its record fall to 4-3 on the season.
“I don’t think it’s (a lack of) talent,” the head coach said. “It’s attitude. We played well against Nebraska, and I’m mystified. We stunk and played bad today, and I get mystified.”
In order to demystify the situation he finds himself in, perhaps Brown should read a quote from one of his players and glean a little insight into the attitude he very publicly questioned.
“It’s bad for the program,” Texas defensive tackle Kheeston Randall said. “They beat us today, but we just shouldn’t lose to certain teams here at Texas.”
And there’s your sign, Coach Brown. There’s the attitude you referred to. Thinking that you can just show up and be handed a win because you’re Texas? That’s simply not how it works nowadays.
If Brown wants to alter the course of what’s quickly turning into a lost season, he might want to rid the sense of entitlement some of his players appear to possess.