The Texas defense matched the inconsistent output of the Texas offense. If I’m going to hold that the Texas offense wasn’t quite as good as 63 points on the scoreboard suggests, it’s only fair to point out that the Texas defense wasn’t quite as bad as a series record 56 points allowed implies.
While Texas was doing what it wanted to UTEP (though the Miners bounced back against Abilene Christian and are now 2-1 - look out, y'all) Texas Tech was struggling with the Houston Baptist Huskies, narrowly edging them 35-33. This single data point doesn't suggest that Texas Tech is particularly awesome at football, but opening game struggles and quick fixes are not uncommon in the college football world. If you would like to argue about the potential for a team to grow from Game 1, I have some Texas-Maryland game film to show you, if I hadn't set it all on fire and mailed the ashes to Tom Herman.
That was really fun, even factoring in my many disclaimers about about UTEP's quality. How badly Texas beat a bad team doesn't really matter. What mattered was how Texas did it. Over the last few years, this is the kind of team the Longhorns would have screwed around with for three quarters before wearing them down and pulling away late 42-17. It would have been 14-10 or some bull**** in the mid-2nd quarter until an Ehlinger 2:00 minute drill made it 21-10 going into the half.