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UT coaches say all was not negative against Mountaineers

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There you are sitting at home -- you're still disappointed the Longhorns couldn't finish-off West Virginia. And who can blame you.

But before you go thinking Texas is headed for a tailspin, Mack Brown says there's reason to be upbeat.

"As bad as it looks to give up 48-points and lose, I thought we did make some improvements this week," Brown said.

With the offense again humming along nicely, it's the defense that continues to live under the microscope.

Sure, it allowed the Mountaineers almost half-a-hundred, but according to Mack and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, there were positives. Specifically, the third down defense was strong, and missed tackles were cut down significantly to just seven.

"I think it was natural for our guys to feel bad about the way the game transpired, but there were a lot of positives that have me excited going forward," Diaz said.

So now the Longhorns are faced with the challenge of moving on from the their first loss and finding a way to conquer the year's most emotional game.

To a man, the team says that shouldn't be a problem -- that confidence remains unfractured. That's good, because as always, Oklahoma will be a mighty tough out, and if the Horns want to remain in the race for a Big 12 title, Saturday is a must win.

"There's no questions asked. That's what we have to do, and if we're going to be the team we need to be, we've got to go through Oklahoma first," safety Kenny Vaccaro said.

That's something the Horns haven't been able to do since 2009. But back to that positivity.

"If we can get 11 guys to do their job, we've got the ability to win this game," quarterback David Ash said. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP