Brown: Biggest Obstacle Is Emotion

Last week, Texas coach Mack Brown tried to produce it. This week, on the cusp of the program's first conference title in 10 seasons, Brown is simply trying to manage it among Longhorn players: raw emotion.

"The biggest obstacle is managing our emotion," said Brown following Wednesday's practice. "Our goal early on was to win a conference title and we know from there, we can play for a national championship."

Last week, Brown wore a photograph of a mouse trap around his neck to try to convince his players that a struggling Texas A&M team still represented one of those trap games that could torpedo a season. Now, Brown doesn't want his undefeated squad to get tripped up on the BCS championship implications of Saturday's game against Colorado at Houston's Reliant Stadium. In other words, the eighth-year Longhorn coach wants his team to remain confident and take care of business as they have all season.

"We have asked our guys to not do any more than they have been doing," said Brown. "I tell them to just be who they are."

Despite Texas’ success this season, which includes a 42-17 victory over the Buffaloes on October 15, there is still one area where Colorado may have an edge heading into the title game.

"They have been in this game three of the last four years," said Brown. "They have handled this championship game before, so they know more about it than we do."

Colorado has not come out victorious since upsetting Texas in December, 2001. The Buffs rushed for 224 yards that night in Dallas, but have struggled to run the ball as of late this season, totaling just 395 yards in the past four ballgames.

"What we see from them is a lot of balance," said Brown. "They use play action off of their running game. They do a great job with field position because of their kicking game and a tremendous job managing the game. Defensively, they stop the run as good as anyone in the country. All those things makes it difficult to beat these guys."

Colorado currently allows just 79 rushing yards a game, which ranks second in the nation behind only Ohio State. When Texas faced Colorado on Oct. 15, the Buffaloes held Texas to just 145 yards on the ground. But QB Vince Young set a new school record for completion percentage by going 25-of-29 (86.2 percent). He also passed the 300-yard mark in passing yards for the first time in his career with 336 yards.

Even so, Brown plans to showcase the same rushing attack that has helped make Texas so effective this season and enabled the Horns to rank No. 3 in the nation in rushing with 274 rushing yards a game.

"We have won 11 games being who we are, so we won’t change anything."

In other words, it sounds a lot like dancing with the one who brung ya.

Kickoff is set for noon Saturday on ABC.

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