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Brown, Gatewood Suspended
Starting RCB Tarell Brown and backup safety Tyrell Gatewood, booked Monday on misdemeanor drug possession charges, will not play in Texas' Saturday showdown against top-ranked Ohio State, Longhorn coach Mack Brown announced Tuesday.

Poll Report: It's No. 1 vs. No. 2
It hasn't happened in Division-I college football's regular season in 10 years, and it's never happened in the history of Memorial Stadium: Saturday's seismic tilt between Texas and Ohio State will pit the nation's top two football teams, following Tuesday's release of the Associated Press national rankings.

Culpepper's Commentary: Ohio State Preview
Yes, this is B-I-G big. This Saturday in Royal-Memorial Stadium will be college football at its very best.

Lawyer: sheriff's deputies used a Taser in arrests of Gatewood, Brown
Austin American-Statesman
The lawyer representing two suspended Texas football players said Travis County deputies unnecessarily used Tasers on Tarell Brown and Tyrell Gatewood before they were arrested early Monday morning. Jamie Balagio, the attorney for Brown and Gatewood, requested that a videotape of the arrest be made public.

Sweed's catch made him an instant legend
Austin American-Statesman
You think Vince Young's fourth-down, late fourth-quarter glide in the Rose Bowl was the biggest play of the year? Or maybe the most memorable was the fourth-down stuff of Southern California tailback LenDale White by Brian Robison and Aaron Ross, which allowed Young to get the ball back and have time to score the winning touchdown in the national championship game. Or how about this one — "9-99-Leak-Go"? That's the play that unfolded this time a year ago, when then-lightly regarded receiver Limas Sweed caught a high pass from Vince Young in the Ohio State end zone with 2:37 to play.

No cornerback, no nickname
Austin American-Statesman
Bad, bad sign. It's just Wednesday with three more days until the Game of the Year, and our Texas Longhorns are already down a cornerback and a nickname.

Tressel says he voted Texas No. 1
Austin American-Statesman
The debate about who's No. 1 has split even the Ohio State football team. "I've got them (Texas) ranked No. 1 on our ballot because I think they deserve that," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, a voter in the USA Today coaches poll, said Tuesday. "I think they deserve that top to bottom." Tressel's quarterback, Troy Smith, countered, "I'd vote us No. 1."

Buckeyes-Longhorns matchup
Austin American-Statesman

Notebook: UT-Sam Houston start time may change
Austin American-Statesman

UT suspends arrested duo
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown on Tuesday suspended starting cornerback Tarell Brown and backup linebacker/special teams player Tyrell Gatewood for Saturday's game against top-ranked Ohio State.

Torch passed on Buckeyes 'D'
Dallas Morning News
The enormity of Ohio State's defensive losses hit defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock during spring practice. "I looked around," Pitcock said, "and everybody was gone."

Ohio State fears damage a loss can do
Dallas Morning News
or Ohio State, it's not just No. 1 vs. No. 2. It's bigger than that. The Buckeyes worry that one loss, even to second-ranked Texas on Saturday, will dash their national title hopes.

Longhorns defense sheds pounds but carries bigger load
San Antonio Express-News
Tim Crowder disdained sweets all summer, giving up candy and his mom's cherry Kool-Aid to prepare for the season. Brian Robison similarly took a vow of abstinence at the buffet table, disavowing sugary lemonade and chocolate bars as he readied himself for his senior season. Texas' skinnier pair of defensive ends will face a bigger challenge Saturday night than merely trying to overcome hunger pangs. A visit by top-ranked Ohio State will do that.

Buckeyes intent on leaving Austin with a better taste
San Antonio Express-News
Kirk Barton's major at Ohio State is history. This weekend, he wants to make some.

Texas' Memorial memories
San Antonio Express-News
Many of the Texas Longhorns' most storied football moments didn't happen in Royal-Memorial Stadium. The famed "Big Shootout" between UT and Arkansas in 1969 took place in Fayetteville, Ark. The Cotton Bowl in Dallas was the scene of UT's national-title clinching victories over Navy on Jan. 1, 1964, and Notre Dame six years later. The Longhorns wrapped up the 2005 national title by beating Southern California in the Rose Bowl. Still, Royal-Memorial hasn't been short-changed on memorable games and magic moments.

Three-point stance to stop Ohio State
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In one of life's cruel ironies, Texas built college football's longest active winning streak largely on the legs and arm of multi-talented quarterback Vince Young. To extend the streak past 21 games in Saturday's showdown against No. 1 Ohio State, the second-ranked Longhorns must corral this year's version of Vince: Ohio State's Troy Smith.

Mack does right thing this time
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
At the University of Texas, they apparently have it all these days. The national championship football trophy. The adulation of the state. Full-ride scholarships. And, it appears, all the lawyers, guns and marijuana that a college football team could want. Fortunately for the Longhorns, however, they also now have a head coach who isn't afraid to care.

Poll shift means 1 will play 2
Houston Chronicle
It's the dream showdown college football fans go crazy for and coaching staffs and players live to see but rarely do. It's so rare it's happened only 36 times in NCAA history, and not in the regular season in nearly a decade. Come Saturday, Ohio State will be only the second top-ranked team to come to Austin.

Top 5 ways to beat Ohio State
Daily Texan

OSU offense seeks polishing
Columbus Dispatch
In the wake of the season-opening victory over Northern Illinois, quarterback Troy Smith said one thing is clear about the Ohio State offense as the top-ranked Buckeyes gear up for the showdown at No. 2 Texas on Saturday night. "One thing that I hope everybody learned, that I feel, is any time we touch the ball, we should be able to score," Smith said. "Without a doubt. There should be no reason why we can't. If we don't score, then it is our wrongdoing."

Tressel votes Texas No. 1
Columbus Dispatch
Ric Flair and Jim Tressel think alike. Go figure. The two men couldn't be more different. Flair is a professional wrestler, flamboyant and colorful, who in his heyday sported a flowing mane of blond hair. Tressel is Ohio State's football coach, strait-laced and understated, whose short, graying hair lines up as neatly as hash marks. But the two may share the same philosophy. This was apparent yesterday, when the coach of college football's topranked team revealed that he voted for OSU's opponent this week, Texas, as the No. 1 team on his USA Today poll ballot.

Wisdom of playing Texas now in question
Columbus Dispatch
Is it a good idea for Ohio State to play Texas? Before you give yourself an acute case of whiplash by nodding your head at the speed of light, remember that's a lot different than asking whether you're "excited" that the Buckeyes are playing Texas. It's not the same as asking if you're "happy" about it, or even as asking if this game won't be a lot more "fun" than watching just about any game besides OSUMichigan.

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Texas Does Two-Step
One day after receiving a commitment from big man Clint Chapman, the Texas Longhorns nabbed another frontcourt player: Cameroon native Alexis Wangmene, who played in San Antonio last year before moving to Blair Academy this season.


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