Even before the Texas Longhorns-UCLA Bruins game got underway, there was plenty of action in AT&T Stadium.
As rules expert Mike Pereira explained above, when UCLA won the coin toss and chose to defer that gave Texas the option to kick, receive, or choose a goal to defend. Texas chose to kickoff to start the first half. Since UCLA chose to defer, they would have the option to receive to start the second half.
Not surprisingly, Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong was less than pleased.
Texas coach Charlie Strong is FURIOUS on the sideline at Tank Jackson, according to UT radio. Kicking off is not what they wanted.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) September 14, 2014
Texas went into the game probably needing quite a few things to go their way to pull off an upset over the No. 12 team in the country. They didn’t do themselves any favors before the opening kickoff.