Texas continued its two-game streak of offensive balance, running 40 times for 161 yards and passing 33 times for 264 yards. Brown said he was particularly pleased with the increased use of misdirection. The Horns ran several different plays off of fake reverses after tagging the Colorado defense early with a 35-yard reverse to B.J. Johnson. Chris Simms also used play action successfully again this week, rolling counter to the run fake and completing among others a three-yard TD pass to Roy Williams on the team's opening drive. . . .
Simms earned offensive player of the game honors after completing 17 of 28 passes for 234 yards and three TDs (with no INTs). D.D. Lewis and Ahmad Brooks shared the defensive honors. The Big 12 also named Lewis the league's defensive player of the week following his eight-tackle (including a sack and a TFL) performance. The senior MLB also had two QB hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The fumble recovery, the 10th of his UT career, moved him into sole possession of first place on the Texas all-time fumble recovery list. Lewis also started his 45th consecutive game in the Orange and White, second on the UT all-time list, tied with Lance Gunn and Anthony Curl. Dan Neil holds the record with 49 consecutive starts. "(D.D.) is playing as well as I've seen him play," Brown said. "(He and Ahmad) are showing great leadership on the sideline. D.D. took over in the Oklahoma State game at 10-0." Dusty Mangum and Nathan Vasher snagged the special teams player of the game honors. Mangum turned in a near-perfect place kicking performance, hitting both of his field goal attempts (from 21 and 34 yards) as well as all five extra points. The true freshman also pinned Colorado at its own eight with a pooch kick out of a field goal formation. Vasher, after a quiet four-game stretch following his spectacular performance against North Carolina, busted loose for a 44-yard punt return vs. the Buffs. Not caught in the box score, though, is the fact that Vasher made better decisions on catching short punts rather than allowing them to bounce, at times costing the Texas offense 15 or more yards in field position in previous games. . . .
The Nov. 3 game at Baylor will kick at 11:30 as part of the Big 12's syndicated television package.