South champs! (updated)

The Horns are headin' to Dallas for the Big 12 Championship Game next Saturday after Oklahoma State's 16-13 win over Oklahoma Saturday in Norman. Texas, at 7-1 in league play, will represent the Big 12's South Division in the title game, taking on surprise North champ Colorado.

UT, now 10-1 overall, beat the Buffs 41-7 in Austin back on Oct. 20, but CU, now 9-2 and 7-1 in conference play, may be the hottest team in the country after stomping second-ranked Nebraska Friday 62-36. Against the Huskers, Colorado running back Chris Brown ran for 198 yards on 24 carries, Bobby Purify added 154 yards and QB Bobby Pesavento completed nine of 16 pass attempts for 202 yards. In Austin, Brown rushed eight times for 29 yards, Purify had seven runs for 51 yards and Pesavento connected on 15 of his 27 attempts for 165 yards. Texas racked up 425 yards of total offense (264 passing yards and 161 rushing yards) in the teams' first meeting.

"Beating Colorado like we did at home, we pretty much dominated the game after some turnovers," Mack Brown said Saturday evening. "This isn't the same Colorado team that we played at midseason. Anybody that can get 62 points against Nebraska gets your attention. It's obvious Colorado is a great football team. They're running the ball as good as anybody in the country and what a great challenge for a defense that's played as good as anybody in the country. That'll be a great match-up."

"If our guys weren't convinced before yesterday, watching the Nebraska film will convince them that this Colorado team is different," the Texas head coach added.

"We'll be primed for the rematch," Colorado head coach Gary Barnett told the AP. "We know we didn't play very well the first time and we'd like to think that wasn't who we really are."

Brown said the Horns will hold their regular team meeting Sunday evening and will probably resume a regular game week schedule on Monday.

The UT coach said any talk of Texas backing into the title game is ridiculous. "Maybe it was the Missouri game or the Baylor game or one of those they could have taken for granted, but they did their business every week," he said. "They didn't worry about the BCS and now they've got themselves in position for a championship game for the second time in four years . . . Give credit to our team for being mature and playing hard and putting themselves to have a rematch with Colorado."

Despite the fact that the trip to Dallas, if it results in a loss, may jeopardize what looked to be a probable trip to the Sugar Bowl, Brown said the Horns are exactly where they want to be.

"This is our second opportunity to win a conference championship in four years," the coach said, "so BCS is not an issue today, the bowl game is not an issue today, this is what you fight to get into and we said you fight to get to the championship game but you get there you need to win."

"We've been (in the championship game) before (but) we haven't taken the other step yet and this is the week for us to take the other step and win the championship."

The Championship Game will kick Saturday at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ABC.


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