Texas football loses its title to Florida for third straight time

Texas is off to its worst start since it won the American Athletic Conference title in 2004, with the Longhorns’ record-setting 3-1 loss to the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Texas coach Charlie Strong, who guided the Longhorn team to the title game in 2016, said after the game that his team didn’t play well and didn’t win because it didn’t put together the right combination of offense and defense.

“I think the game was not in our control,” he said.

“I think we played well but not enough.

I think we had too many plays in the first half that were really bad.”

Florida had a chance to tie it up late in the fourth quarter before Texas had to settle for a field goal with 13:30 left.

The Gators scored a touchdown with 5:16 left to take the lead.

But the Longhanders, who were already down 10-6 at halftime, were unable to rally to tie the game after a fourth-quarter field goal.

Texas’ defense struggled to contain the Gators’ offense in the second half, giving up touchdowns on a pair of third-down plays and a field-goal attempt.

Florida was able to make several late adjustments, but the Longholes couldn’t get anything going.

Florida finished with 5,834 fans at the Alamodome, down 24 percent from the season average.

The average attendance is more than 2,000 per game, but it’s also significantly higher than the 4,715 fans who attended last year’s game.

The Longhorns, who are playing the first of three consecutive games against ranked opponents in this week’s Pac-12 South championship game, were also without starting running back Justin Jackson, who is recovering from an ACL injury suffered during the Texas-Oregon game last season.

Jackson has yet to practice this week.

Texas is off to its worst start since it won the American Athletic Conference title in 2004, with the Longhorns’…