Poll Report: Movers and Shakers
The Longhorns stayed put in one poll and moved up one spot in the other, but the rest of the country went through dramatic changes as 14 Top 25 teams played each other on Saturday.
Offensive report card---Rice
This offense has a bunch of quality football players that somehow only scored seven points last week. The coaches were concerned that Rice's 3-3-5 would throw a ton of stunts at the offense and cause enough confusion to overcome the size/talent level advantage UT enjoyed. The UT OLine decided to remove any cause for worry as they finished quality blocks while giving our two RB's several untouched passages into space against the outmanned Owls. Texas threw the ball well, caught the ball well, and the entire bunch blocked very well. The defense added two scores of their own to help lead by example.
Defensive report card--Rice
You just knew that the defensive troops would show up ready to play after spending all last week with coach Chizik. The Horns brought tremendous pressure from the front four all night to force an outmanned Owl unit into a night where most everything went wrong. Texas scored a defensive td with a sack and strip and two td's on punt returns but lost one due to a penalty. UT accomplished one feat that was a first for me--all four DL made the tackle on the same screen pass. The Horn defenders were relentless in their intensity and reduced missed tackles with a determined effort to show strong improvement.
Texas is sporting a new nation's-best streak
Earlier this month, Texas' national-best winning streak was snapped at 21. But one week later, the Longhorns have a nice consolation prize: 96 straight weeks in the national top 25 polls.
Throw the flag at Horns
A week after a stunning setback against top-ranked Ohio State, the Texas basketball team . . . oops. Pegged as a four-touchdown underdog, the Rice Tigers were overwhelmed by . . . Let me start over. Mack Brown watched his eighth-ranked Longhorns annihilate the Owls 52-7 and stood the entire game on the sidelines in his continued recovery from major bunion surgery . . . darn. Sorry about all the false starts.
Longhorns off to false start
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By the end of Saturday night's victory over Rice, it was easier to count the Texas offensive linemen who hadn't been flagged for a false start than counting those who had. The Longhorns had a team-record 19 penalties for 148 yards, replacing the previous mark of 17 flags suffered in a game against Rice in 1978.
Longhorns fly high over Owls
A week after falling to No. 1 Ohio State, Texas went on the road and steamrolled Rice on their way to a 52-7 win. The scoring included five offensive touchdowns, plus one from the defense and another on special teams.
Three Longhorn touchdowns taken away by referees en route to school-record 19 penalties.
Aaron Ross needed some redemption, a good pick-me-up for being posterized on the cover of Sports Illustrated earlier in the week by a touchdown catch from Ohio State's Ted Ginn Jr. He quickly got his with 8:10 left in the second quarter against Rice with a school-record-tying third career punt return for a touchdown - a 46-yard whirly, twirly return that was good enough to be featured into SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day. But Ross wasn't finished ... at least he didn't think he was.
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