Texas hopes to leave road baggage in the past

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FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, Texas head coach Charlie Strong calls to his players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, in Austin, Texas. One weekend has already changed the tone of the Big 12, and teams on opposite sides of the Red River separating […]

AUSTIN (KXAN) — This weekend, Texas will leave the comfort of Austin for the…comfort of Berkeley, California. The home of the Cal Golden Bears isn’t exactly the definition of a hostile environment, but it is the site of the Longhorns first road test.

As for those Texas road games, it left a lot of baggage for the Longhorns last season.

This time, Coach Charlie Strong needs his team to bring three things with them on the plane to ensure success.

“We’ve got to pack our defense. We’ve got to pack our kicking game. We’ve got to pack our togetherness,” Strong said.

Last season, the Longhorns didn’t bring a lot with them on road trips and often they left empty-handed. Texas was 1-4 on the road in 2015, but appeared to turn the corner in the regular season finale with the 23-17 win over Baylor.

“It is a totally different team from last year and you have a group of seniors now that really understand what the mission is all about. They’re carrying the torch for us. We don’t want to look back to last season because we aren’t the same football team as before,” Strong said.

Senior leadership will be key for a team that counts on so many underclassmen. The 11th-ranked Texas Longhorns (2-0) face Cal (1-1) Saturday at 9:30PM in what is Cal’s home opener.

The Golden Bears beat Hawaii in Australia to open the college football season, and lost on a last second Davis Webb interception at San Diego State this past weekend.

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