Injury report: Defensive end Brian Robison, who suffered a minor knee injury last week against Iowa State, did not play against the Beakats, nor did running back Selvin Young, nursing an injury to his rib cage.
Melton starts: Henry Melton started at running back for Texas. He finished the game with 63 yards on 19 carries and a pair of short touchdown runs.
Spread the field: The Texas quarterbacks completed passes to nine different receivers against the Bearkats. Limas Sweed had the best stats with three catches for 70 yards, the most spectacular being a 42-yard touchdown bomb from McCoy just before the end of the first half.
"Block that kick": The Longhorns picked up their first touchdown of the game with 11:27 remaining in the first quarter when Tyrell Gatewood blocked a Curtis Parks punt and linebacker Robert Killebrew recovered the ball in the end zone. Killebrew was then flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, causing the Longhorns to kickoff from their own 20 yard-line. Texas has now blocked 54 kicks in eight-plus years under Brown, an average of nearly seven per year. Gatewood also picked up some playing time at safety for the Longhorns.
Colt's numbers: Quarterback Colt McCoy started hot and stayed hot against the Bearkats, hitting his first nine passes attempted. He finished the game with 13 completions on 15 attempts for 178 yards and two touchdowns.
Snead watch: Backup quarterback Jevan Snead entered the game with 13 seconds left to play in the first quarter. He finished the game with seven completions in eight attempts for 122 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown, an eight-yarder in the second quarter.
Run ‘D' good again: Texas held Rice to -12 yards rushing two games ago, and Iowa State didn't fare too much better with 26 attempts for 46 yards last week – a paltry 1.8 yards per-carry average. Sam Houston rushed 24 times for 87 yards against the Longhorns, who played a great many backup players defensively in the second half.
No kick returns for touchdowns…again: The Longhorns have gone 63 games without allowing a kickoff return for a touchdown, and no opponent has returned a punt for a score in 90 games.
Opening drive streak intact: The Longhorns have now held their opponents scoreless on the opening drive in the last 21 consecutive games.
Runs = wins: Texas is 75-1 when outrushing opponents in the Mack Brown era.
Tops in Texas: Texas is now 34-3 versus teams from within the state's boundaries. In the Brown era, the Longhorns are 20-0 at home against their Texas brethren.
Bearkats vs. Big Boys: Sam Houston is now 2-20 in meetings against NCAA I-A opponents, defeating Louisiana-Lafayette 21-14 in 2000 and Louisiana-Monroe 20-9 in 2001.
Bearkat flyboy: Sam Houston junior kicker Stewart Pearcy is a licensed pilot who owns his own airplane.
Did you know? Sam Houston wide receiver Michael Malone is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone…Sam Houston tight end Black Martin is the son of champion bass fisherman Tommy Martin…Sam Houston offensive lineman Ryan Dretke is the son of Doug Dretke, director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice…Bearkat running backs coach Tommy Mainord is the son of Texas Tech safeties coach Carlos Mainord…Sam Houston defensive coordinator Duane Dirk has a son and daughter playing for the Bearkats – John is an offensive lineman, and Jennifer is on the soccer team.
"Courage": Former CBS newsman Dan Rather is a Sam Houston alum and recently made the largest single contribution of money the school has ever gotten - $2 million.