AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Charlie Strong posed for pictures with his family, sang "The Eyes of Texas" and walked off the field to fans chanting his name. On the way to the locker room, school President Bill Powers stopped him for a handshake and a big hug.

Yes, it was quite a debut for the new coach of the Texas Longhorns. One win down and who knows how many to go?

David Ash passed for one touchdown and ran for another and Texas started the Strong era with an overpowering 38-7 win over North Texas in the season-opener for both teams on Saturday night.

Malcolm Brown ran for two touchdowns and Texas held North Texas to 94 total yards.

"You like to get the first one in and get it out of the way," Strong said. "Nine months ago I thought I walked in and saw a team that had no identity ... a team that just really didn't care about nothing ... and had no pride. I told them they'd work harder than they ever worked before. They answered the challenge."

Strong replaced Mack Brown, the coach who led Texas for 16 seasons and guided the Longhorns to the 2005 season national championship. Brown was pushed out after four sub-par seasons that failed to produce any Big 12 titles.

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