After their season-altering 36-20 win over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, the Longhorns had to wait two weeks before stepping on the field again.
And once they did, they didn't even get to play a full half before they had to wait more than three hours because of a lightning delay.
With 6:08 left to play in the second quarter, a 3 hour, 6 minute lightning delay began at 7:50 p.m. Texas waited 1 hour, 47 minutes before its game against BYU last month and it did not respond as well to that delay as it did to the one during its game against TCU.
"We handled the three-hour delay much better than the two-hour delay out at Brigham Young," Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "We were so much more organized and more aware of the things they needed this time than we were out at Brigham Young and we thought that helped."
The Longhorns fell to the Cougars, 40-21, in their second game of the year. They took a 17-7 lead into the delay this Saturday and did not let up once it was over.
Case McCoy hit Mike Davis for a 44-yard gain with six seconds remaining in the second quarter, setting up a 37-yard field goal by Anthony Fera as time expired in the first half. Malcolm Brown's second three-yard touchdown run of the night capped an 8-play, 89-yard drive to begin the second half for the Longhorns.
"I definitely didn't do the same thing I did at BYU, I made sure," senior quarterback Case McCoy said. "That was what we had focused on, just keeping our mind right and getting some points before the half. That deep ball to Mike and the field goal, I think that was huge for us."
Texas ended up scoring 13 unanswered points after the delay and did not allow another point the rest of the night. It was obvious the lessons the Longhorns learned in Provo had been applied in Fort Worth.
"We learned from the BYU game," co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said. "You have all that idle time. You're in there for two hours... We rested for a while. We talked about our schemes offensively, defensively, special teams. Just tried to come up with a plan based on how they were attacking us."
The Longhorns even ate during the delay, something they obviously don't do very often during games.
"I didn't have any because I'm always worried about my figure," said 6-foot-6, 320-pound senior offensive guard Mason Walters.