Tired Strong maybe happiest Big 12 coach after opening games

Texas coach Charlie Strong went home and sat around for a couple of hours after the Longhornsopened their season with a double-overtime victory over No. 10 Notre Dame. Then, without any sleep, he went back to work Monday morning.

"It was just an impressive win and I was just so happy for the players. It was hard to just rest your mind after that win," Strong said during the Big 12 coaches teleconference, often clearing his throat while sounding excited and exhausted after the 50-47 victory Sunday night.

"I was rooting for Texas to be able to win that game," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said, knowing that big wins like that are good for the conference overall.

That was also a great way for the league to finish the opening weekend after falling in other big games. The Longhorns, coming off consecutive losing records in Strong's first two seasons, were the only winner among the three Big 12 teams with non-conference openers against top-15 opponents, though West Virginia did win over Missouri, now in the SEC after previously being in the Big 12.

Kansas State lost 26-13 at No. 8 Stanford on Friday night before No. 3 Oklahoma, the overwhelming preseason favorite to win its 10th Big 12 title, fell 33-23 to No. 15 Houston.

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