The 'Big 12' Keys To Texas' 55-16 Road Win

First of all, 55-16 at nationally ranked Oklahoma State is beyond anything any of us could have imagined when we sought solace on Oct. 11. Scoring 48 unanswered points on the road against a nationally ranked squad, Texas will be a Top 10 team when polls are released Sunday. With Miami, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Iowa losing this weekend, the Horns (8-2) solidified their BCS Bowl resume as they prepare for their final home game against high-flying Texas Tech.

Second of all, we resist the temptation of saying ‘Welcome Back’ Roy Williams, even though this was the wideout’s first 100-plus yard game since the Arkansas game. His 162 yards on six grabs, including a 67-yard TD run, was vintage Roy. This season, his downfield blocking in Texas’ new-found rushing offense is indicative of his unselfish play while making all the right moves away from the ball. Off the field, Williams has rallied the troops when spirits were low and represents the indomitable spirit of the 2003 Longhorns. Roy, you will be a millionaire in six months. You have been priceless at Texas.

Third of all, CB Nathan Vasher shut down Big 12 leading receiver Rashaun Woods the same week he was cut this week as a Thorpe Award finalist for nation’s best DB. His first quarter INT led to Texas’ first TD, regained valuable momentum when the game was very much in doubt and moved him to No. 2 all-time on the Texas career chart (tied with All-American Jerry Gray). Vasher is one pick away from equaling Noble Doss’ lifetime INT record that has stood since 1941.

Fourth of all, Vince Young, you make offensive coordinator Greg Davis look like God (or, at least like USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow). More than any off-season staff change, Young has resuscitated the Longhorn ground game while improving as a passer. Vince, please stay for all four years.

Fifth of all, props to Davis for molding a devastating offensive game plan around this phenomenal freshman QB. Davis is still a midget when it comes to Bob Stoops and company but has unleashed both Young and RB Cedric Benson.

Sixth of all, why, why, why can’t this Texas team show up against OU? Not that the Horns would have won in Dallas last month but, jeez Louise, for the fourth straight year Texas hasn’t found its dominating identity until after the OU alarm clock aroused this team. This time, Texas has outscored opponents 182-42 in the four games since the Debacle.

Seventh of all, it helped that LB Derrick Johnson knocked RB Tatum Bell out of the game in the first half. Bell was the Big 12’s leading rusher (133 ypg) until he met the Butkus Award Semifinalist. We wish Tatum well and an expedient recovery.

Eighth of all, the Texas defense held Oklahoma State to one TD while tallying two defensive TDs on the night. Just as impressive, the Longhorn D pitched a shutout in second half. Defensive Coordinator Carl Reese, your unit has bought you another year.

Ninth of all, SS Michael Huff has turned in four career INT (including one Saturday that put the game on ice) and all have gone for TD returns. Can we have four next week against Texas Tech?

Tenth of all, three TDs for FB Will Matthews? Did a Texas FB get three carries all last season?

Eleventh of all, not enough has been said of P/K Richmond McGee. After his two devastating first-half shanks against Arkansas, the sophomore has settled down and been instrumental in winning the all-important field position battle for the Horns. And with freshman All-American transfer Greg Johnson waiting in the wings, Texas may finally have the kicking game next season that is truly of championship caliber.

Finally, it must hurt to be an Aggie. 77-0? The worst loss in program history? The horror, the horror.

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