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Inside Texas' Mike Blackwell gives his notes from the Texas-Ohio State game.

Point blank: did Tarell Brown's suspension hurt Texas against Ohio State?: Yes, but not enough to have made a difference against Ohio State, which could very possibly use Saturday's game as a springboard toward a national title – just as Texas did last year. Consider: on the first Ohio State touchdown, Anthony Gonzalez turned Brandon Foster completely around to score. Brian Robiskie also made a key third-down conversion in the fourth quarter which led to another Buckeye touchdown, also working against Foster. Aaron Ross also lost his battle with Ted Ginn, who burned him for a touchdown at the end of the first half, and he also helped keep a scoring drive alive for Ohio State in the fourth quarter with a facemask penalty. Would Brown have made some of these plays that Foster didn't? Would he have covered Ginn instead of Ross if he hadn't been suspended? No one will know, but a whole lot of folks will speculate, speculation that probably began well before the game ended.

Lost points: Texas had at least two golden opportunities to score in the game and came away with nothing. The first time was the huge play in the first quarter when Donald Washington returned a Billy Pittman fumble from the Ohio State two yard line to the 50-yard line, setting up a Buckeye touchdown. And with 12:18 left to play and Texas trailing 17-7, kicker Greg Johnson hooked a 45-yard field goal attempt. However, Ohio State fans will counter and mention Aaron Pettrey's 29-yard field goal miss on the Buckeyes' first drive of the game.

Turnovers: Ohio State won the turnover battle by a score of 2-0. The big one, obviously, was Washington's recovery that led to an Ohio State touchdown. The other turnover came when James Laurinaitis picked off McCoy on the first drive of the second half, a pick that led to a Buckeye field goal.

Gonzo goes nuts: Ohio State's Anthony Gonzalez torched Texas with eight catches for 141 yards and a touchdown.

Opening drive streak intact: The Longhorns have now held their opponents scoreless on the opening drive in the last 18 consecutive games. Of course, they were helped by Pettry's miss.

‘Hi, I'm Derek Lokey, and I'm a fullback.': Texas defensive tackle Derek Lokey came into the game at fullback in an I-formation midway in the second quarter and helped the Longhorns pick up a critical 3rd-and-1 with Selvin Young running behind him. Chris Ogbonnaya, an actual fullback, also contributed a block on the play.

The Tyler statue: Earl Campbell was honored prior to the game with the unveiling of his new statue at the southwest end of Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium. In addition to Campbell and his friends and family, in attendance was Royal, Ohio State two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.

Celebrity watch: The list of well-knowns in attendance included former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith. The University of Florida alum was sporting a University of Texas hat. Others in attendance included former Texas coach Fred Akers, ever-present actor Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong, who gave head coach Mack Brown a pregame hug. Also seen was Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James. The last Ohio State Heisman winner, Eddie George, was in attendance along with ex-Buckeye wide receiver Cris Carter.

The running backs: Jamaal Charles and Selvin Young were both effective in the game, Young especially so. Young gained 95 yards on just 11 carries, and also contributed six receptions (tops on the team) for 42 yards. Charles gained 76 yards on 16 carries.

The kicking game: Greg Johnson's consecutive PAT streak is now at 36, including 27 in a row with Vanderbilt in 2002. He punted six times for a 42-yard average. However, the best kicker on the field was Ohio State punter A.J. Trapasso, who kicked it 6 times for a 51-yard average.

Winning streaks end: The Texas win streak ends at 21, and the Longhorns' home winning streak is stopped at 16.

Opening drives impressive: Texas has now held opponents scoreless on their first drive of the game for 17 consecutive games.

Runs = wins: Texas was 72-0 when outrushing opponents in the Mack Brown era. That record is now 72-1; Texas rushed for 172 yards and Ohio State finished with 79.

Corso picks Texas again: ESPN/ABC commentator Lee Corso, one of the few national analysts who picked the Longhorns to defeat USC in last year's Rose Bowl, donned a University of Texas rubberized helmet and picked the Longhorns to defeat the Buckeyes just prior to kickoff.

Musburger muffs: Play-by-play announcer Brent Musberger bungled a couple of plays early in the game. First he said Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith shouldn't have been flagged for an early intentional grounding violation because he threw the ball past the line of scrimmage, ignoring the fact that Smith, however, threw the ball while still in the pocket. Then, when Marcus Griffin was injured prior to a punt, he said that Marcus was Texas' best punt blocker with six in his career, confusing Marcus with his twin brother Michael.

Bob Davie comments: ABC color commentator Bob Davie had this to say in the second quarter about Texas quarterback Colt McCoy: "Look into his helmet and he looks like he's 12 or 13 years old."

Kudos from Herbstreit: ABC analyst Kirk Herbstreit said this about McCoy after the 13-play, 72-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter in which the redshirt freshman connected on all four of his pass attempts: "Colt McCoy is coming of age right before our eyes."

Halftime heroes: Ohio State coach Jim Tressel usually doesn't lose when he leads at halftime, and that was certainly the case Saturday night. His Buckeyes are now 38-3 when leading at halftime, and 40-3 when leading at the end of the third quarter.

Buckeyes' Pittman scores again: Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman has now scored at least one touchdown in each of the last seven games.


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