Texas offense ready for Alabama defense

Greg Davis (WBRC photo)
Greg Davis (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis knows his team's weakness on offense, and makes no excuses.

"I think it's probably valid," Davis said.

Davis responded Sunday to a question from a reporter about the Longhorns' inconsistent ability to run the football. Davis admitted his offense had not been able to run the football as consistently as he would like, but also said there's more to winning than running the football.

"We're not interested in any kind of special number of rushing yards," Davis said. "We talk to our team about being consistent when we choose to run the ball. We need to stay balanced, especially in this ball game. A lot of what we do comes off play action."

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy agreed.

"We just need to be more consistent," McCoy said. "I think this game is going to come down to execution and not turning the ball over."

The No. 2 Texas Longhorns, 13-0, will play the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, 13-0, Thursday night in the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.  Texas made the game after narrowly defeating Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game. Davis said he and head coach Mack Brown challenged the team to do better.

"We did challenge the team," Davis said. "They have responded well. We've had great practices, both in Austin, and I thought we had a really good first practice yesterday. We know it will be a challenge, and we need to be able to do some things to help."

McCoy said the team has worked hard to get to this point.

"We've had some really good practices," McCoy said. "Our team is really close. We're confident heading in as well."

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