AUSTIN — The Texas Longhorns have a chance to get back to a level they haven't seen in nine years.

Ten wins in a season.

Mack Brown's Longhorns hit the double digit mark on a regular basis. For nine seasons, from 2001 to 2009, they won at least ten games every year.

2001: 11-2

2002: 11-2

2003: 10-3

2004: 11-1

2005: 13-0

2006: 10-3

2007: 10-3

2007: 12-1

2009: 13-1

But since the 2009 season, the Longhorns have been stuck in mediocrity, with single digit wins every year.

2010: 5-7

2011: 8-5

2012: 9-4

2013: 8-5

2014: 6-7

2015: 5-7

2016: 5-7

2017: 7-6

The Longhorns take a 9-4 season record into the Sugar Bowl, and an upset win over Georgia would get them back to the double digit level.

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger knows it would be a big step for his team, saying, "It'd be great. They are one of the top teams in the country. And if we're able to win it would be incredible for us as a team just knowing we put in so much work together and give us great motivation for next year."

Senior Charles Omenihu has won 26 games and lost 24 games in his time at Texas. Now he sees the light at the end of the tunnel.

"It just shows the steady rise this program has been on," said Omenihu. "I'm very confident that UT will get to a point where just making it to a New Year's Six Bowl is a disappointment."

Texas plays Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

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