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Iowa State Game Report Cards
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 37-14 win over Iowa State.

Poll Report: Texas is No. 7
With the 37-14 win over Iowa State, the Longhorns are now No. 7 in both college football polls.

McCoy has walk of a winner
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown's last redshirt freshman threw only two touchdown passes in his first four starts. Vince Young came in as a runner, morphed into the nation's most versatile quarterback somewhere in between, then sprinted through the Rose Bowl end zone and into Longhorn lore last January. Mack's newest redshirt freshman gets it. He's not blown away by the pressure of quarterbacking a national power. His teammates see authority in his face in the huddle. And he carries himself like a winner, just like Vincent did.

Linebackers are back, at last
Austin American-Statesman
Call off the search. Texas' linebackers have been found, safe and sound.

UT's bridled Colt can't make strides
Dallas Morning News
No need to waste time arguing about Colt McCoy's numbers. They're great. His only loss came against Ohio State, the nation's top-ranked team. No shame in that. And in case you didn't know, he's the first UT freshman to start and win a Longhorns season opener since Bobby Layne did it in 1944. But if he doesn't win the next eight games, the conference championship game and a BCS bowl game, he'll end his career as the answer to a trivia question: What quarterback followed Vince Young?

Big 12 Chase is officially on
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The warm-up acts are over. It's time to decide a Big 12 title in what should be the most balanced and dramatic race the league has seen since 2002. Maybe longer. After sifting through four weeks of box scores, here's what we should have learned -- and have yet to discover -- about league teams. We'll divide everything into keepers and sleepers.

Injured Texas DE could play against Sam Houston
Houston Chronicle
Texas defensive end Brian Robison could play Saturday against Sam Houston State after an MRI on his right leg revealed no structural damage, his mother Terri told the Houston Chronicle on Sunday. X-rays taken Saturday showed no breaks or ligament damage, Terri Robison said. She added that MRI results showed a deep bruise of the patella tendon and quadriceps muscle. Robison no longer is using crutches.

Texas handles Iowa State
Daily Texan
For 70 minutes during Texas' bout with Iowa State, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium looked like a ghost town. There was not a body to be found in the stands. Debris tossed around in the wind like tumbleweed. A throng of lightning bolts and eventual thunderstorms interrupted the game at the end of the third quarter. The suspension only delayed the inevitable. Colt McCoy had his most productive day through the air as a Longhorn, and Texas' defense found itself in the Iowa State backfield consistently on its way to a 37-14 victory to open conference play.

Run defense takes it to Iowa State
Daily Texan
He found out the game plan on Tuesday and made it four days without spilling the beans. As Iowa State found out - Rashad Bobino was about to run wild.

Longhorn injuries could affect season
Daily Texan
Defensive end Brian Robison was carted off the field Saturday, horns held aloft. The blow dealt by Cyclones right tackle Aaron Brant didn't impact only his knee. It reverberated through the Texas defense. The Longhorns' vaunted depth will be tested early as injuries pile up.

Football recruiting:

J.B. Shugarts Reacts to UT/OSU Game
J.B. Shugarts is possibly the most sought after junior prospect in the nation. He has already racked up 13 scholarship offers and many more are on their way. The offensive tackle from Klein High School was in Austin for the highly anticipated game between Ohio State and Texas. He had a great visit and talked about his experience.

Ivan Delgado Talks Recruiting
Ivan Delgado is off to a great start. He has led Ellison High School in Killeen (Texas) to an impressive 4-0 start. The junior signal caller is one of the most coveted quarterbacks in the state of Texas for the class of 2008. He is drawing interest from several big time programs and is on the verge of securing his first scholarship offer.


Simms has spleen removed
Austin American-Statesman
TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms had his spleen removed Sunday, and the rest of his season is in jeopardy after he suffered an injury in a 26-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Simms, 26, who played with the Texas Longhorns from 1999-2002, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital immediately after the game and rushed into surgery. At one point early on, he reportedly was in critical condition, but he was upgraded to stable after surgery.


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