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Time for the Defense to Git'R Done
My bad. It's on me. We're disappointed. We'll step up. These were Co-Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik's sentiments after the Texas defense uncharacteristically floundered at key moments during Saturday's loss against top-ranked Ohio State. How quickly can they become the consistently stalwart unit expected to carry the load until the offense settles in with its new QB?

'Major' Opposition
Former Texas QB Major Applewhite called Longhorn Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis the night before Texas' national title bout against USC, but not necessarily to wish him well. Instead, he sought Davis' advice about whether he should accept the opening as Rice's offensive coordinator.

Inside Texas Blog: What I'd Like To See
The Horns have three games to get ready for the Sooners. IT's Clendon Ross has several preparation suggestions.

Audio: Clendon Ross on ESPN Radio
Inside Texas' Clendon Ross joins ESPN Radio's Kevin Scott, AJ Hoffman and former Longhorn All-American Dan Neil.

Are Horns still a contender? Most likely
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas offense could muster only one touchdown last week, and the Longhorn defense wasn't much of a barrier to Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith in a 24-7 loss. Looking less than championship-like on both sides of the ball, the results now prompt this question: Should the defending kings of college football still consider themselves championship contenders?

Notes: Offensive linemen will rotate
Austin American-Statesman
Mac McWhorter, the Longhorns' offensive line coach, only used five linemen Saturday night against Ohio State. "We had the coolest night in two months," McWhorter said. However, he plans to continue to build a rotation of linemen, so that the starters will get a break.

Mea culpa on rules changes
Austin American-Statesman
A thousand apologies. As for my endorsement of the rules changes concerning the running clock that make college football games shorter, I was dead wrong and beg your forgiveness.

Applewhite's roots run deep in heart of Texas-Rice game
Houston Chronicle
THE bio on page 88 of Rice's 2006 football media guide lists the hometown of Owls offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite as Baton Rouge, La. Before returning to spend the bulk of his teens in the city of his birth, Applewhite spent nine years living in Texarkana; Savannah, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. But although he hopscotched around the South and graduated from Catholic High in Baton Rouge, Applewhite is a Texan. He was long ago claimed as a native son by football fans throughout the state thanks to his exploits as quarterback for the University of Texas.

Owls new Major spreads wings
Daily Texan
As a player, Major Applewhite was famous for upsetting higher-ranked opponents. He doesn't want his coaching career to be any different.

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Justin Johnson: Impressed with UT/OSU Game
Gilmer running back Justin Johnson was in Austin over the weekend for the showdown between Texas and Ohio State. Johnson is possibly the best junior running back that the state of Texas has to offer. He raved about his experience and the incredible atmosphere inside Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.


Kainer resting after transplant
Austin American-Statesman
University of Texas outfielder Carson Kainer was in good spirits Wednesday afternoon after receiving a kidney from his father, Ron, during transplant surgery Tuesday afternoon at Texas Children's Hospital.


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