The Texas players arrived in San Diego separately before getting together as a team Saturday evening. "We had a great welcome dinner last night and had a great meeting," the head coach said. "All of them understood that we had a great season and a tough game in the Championship Game and we came here to right it and make sure we win 11 games and finish in the top 10. There's a whole lot of things to fight for."
Brown said his Longhorns practiced with "great spirit" and had a "tremendous" workout Sunday morning.
"Washington was a team that many thought would beat Miami and screw up the BCS and they got started off wrong in that game but they also beat top-ranked Washington State, Stanford and Michigan, so we're not talking about a team here that ours doesn't respect," the coach added. "Matter of fact, this may be one of the best bowl match-ups of the year like the Oregon game was for us last year."
Holiday Bowl notes: The Horns will practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and have a Qualcomm Stadium walk-through on Thursday before Friday's game. . . . ESPN.com reported Sunday that Huskies coach Rick Neuheisel has emerged as a leading candidate for the Notre Dame job.