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Texas’ Strong hopes road struggles end Saturday in Lubbock

Texas coach Charlie Strong says no reason for more losing records in Austin

Texas coach Charlie Strong says Longhorns have "no reason" to continue recent struggles this season and the goal is to win every game in 2016. Texas has been 5-7 and 6-7 in Strong's first two seasons. Video by Jimmy Burch.
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Texas coach Charlie Strong says Longhorns have "no reason" to continue recent struggles this season and the goal is to win every game in 2016. Texas has been 5-7 and 6-7 in Strong's first two seasons. Video by Jimmy Burch.

Texas football coach Charlie Strong says his team needs to prepare better and play smarter in Saturday’s game against Texas Tech in Lubbock if the Longhorns (4-4, 2-3 in Big 12) are to post their first victory of the season in a venue outside of Austin.

Texas is 4-0 at home, 0-4 in other stadiums as the team prepares for its final four games of the regular season.

“We’ve got to do a better job preparing for road games,” Strong said during Monday’s teleconference with Big 12 coaches. “We haven’t played well defensively on the road. We’ve just got to be smart and we haven’t been very smart.”

The Longhorns are coming off a 35-34 upset of No. 13 Baylor that gave the Bears (6-1, 3-1) their first loss of the season. Strong said he’s hoping the team can build on the positive vibes from that triumph and carry it through in a road environment for the first time this season.

“We played well on Saturday and I think that will help us,” Strong said of this week’s matchup against the Red Raiders (4-4, 2-3). “We’re very close to getting things turned. But we have to play better on the road. That’s where our Achilles heel is right now. We’re going to play well at home.”

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