Tuesday Longhorn Sports Page

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Football:

B-Rob: 'We're the Better Team'
InsideTexas.com
"On paper, we're the better team," Brian Robison said Monday, speaking to the media for the first time since he suffered a bruised quadricep against Iowa State on September 22.

It's Tuesday 'Night Lights' for Brown
InsideTexas.com
It amounts to less than 15 minutes of fame for Texas coach Mack Brown, but it's as good as a recruiting visit in every home in the country. Nope, it's not Saturday's national telecast of the Texas-Oklahoma game; it's Brown's cameo appearance in the season premiere of the new weekly series "Friday Night Lights", 7 p.m. (CDT),Tuesday, on NBC-TV.

Sam Houston State Game Report Cards
InsideTexas.com
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 56-3 win over Sam Houston State.

Game Observations
InsideTexas.com
The quarterbacks are developing, the M-Train is still waiting to leave the station and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from the Sam Houston State game.

Texas doesn't yet know what it's working with
Austin American-Statesman
After five games, it is distinctly possible that Texas could be the best college football team in 49 states. Of course, it's also entirely possible it isn't.

Not much electricity to this Texas-OU game
Austin American-Statesman
Usually, there's an electric current that adheres itself like glitter to the Texas-Oklahoma game, a thick buzz elevating the annual throwdown in the Cotton Bowl to a national story. The theme this week in Austin, however, is decidedly different. There no longer are questions regarding whether Texas can ever beat Oklahoma or whether head coach Mack Brown can ever win a big game.

'No regrets at all' for Peterson
Austin American-Statesman
Adrian Peterson never imagined that he would be in this position, never thought he would be asked about regrets.

Notebook: Robison expects to play
Austin American-Statesman

Cotton Bowl UT's proving ground again
Dallas Morning News
Justin Blalock got so used to miracles from the man who led them to the Promised Land that it made him wonder if the skill set transferred, now that Vince Young is on the other side of the vale.

Texas defense faces tough task
Dallas Morning News
When the Texas Longhorns last saw a healthy Adrian Peterson, they were staring at his back.

OU's venables a venerable force
Dallas Morning News
Most Oklahoma fans see Brent Venables as the wide-eyed firecracker who romps up and down the sideline as the team's defensive coordinator.

Tuesday's UT-OU notebook
Dallas Morning News

Bright lights shine on Mack, Young
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown and former Longhorns quarterback Vince Young will make their prime-time television debuts this week.

OU's Adrian Peterson is healthy again — and hungry
San Antonio Express-News
Watching the Heisman Trophy presentation on television rather than attending the ceremonies last December was a letdown for Adrian Peterson. That realization hit the Oklahoma tailback when he compared the excitement and glitter of the 2004 presentation in New York with what he was doing when Reggie Bush was awarded college football's top individual award a year later.

Longhorns' defense prepares for 'total package'
San Antonio Express-News
Last year, Texas co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik learned a valuable lesson in his first experience with the UT-Oklahoma rivalry. "I learned that winning is a lot of fun," Chizik said.

UT defensive end expects to play vs. OU
San Antonio Express-News
Texas defensive end Brian Robison, nursing a bruised left knee, said he expects to play Saturday against Oklahoma.

Red River Rivarly can help make or break a Heisman run
San Antonio Express-News
The Texas-Oklahoma game has served as a stage for Heisman Trophy contenders to gain national recognition over the years. Here's a list of some of the more notable contenders and how they performed in the Red River Rivalry during their season of Heisman contention:

Tackle is the strength of the 'Horns' defensive line
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As the point man for Texas' defensive line, his responsibilities are pretty low-key. Line up over the center, draw a double team and push the pocket into the quarterback. The job is simple for Derek Lokey. At 6-feet-2 and 275 pounds, the junior might seem undersized, but his strength is rarely matched.

Longhorns feeling good, even 'great'
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas defensive end Brian Robison said the seventh-ranked Longhorns have made significant improvement in the past month, enough to be considered one of college football's "great" teams and a clear favorite Saturday against No. 14 Oklahoma.

OU's Peterson hoping to build on quick start
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Though everyone expects him to be off to the riches of the NFL after this season, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson said Monday he's not looking at Saturday's Red River Rivalry as his last.

Texas run defense vs. OU ground game
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Peterson's 225 serve as motivation for UT
Houston Chronicle
If there ever was any doubt, the Texas Longhorns identified Public Enemy No. 1 on Monday: His name is Adrian Peterson.

Longhorns healthy, ready for OU
Daily Texan
The memory of losing to Ohio State may still sting, but the Longhorns have been able to draw on the experience as they prepare for another game in the national spotlight. No. 14 Oklahoma is next on the schedule and attention is starting to focus around the two teams.

UT offense dangerous right before halftime
Associated Press
Few teams manage the final two minutes of the first half like No. 7 Texas. The Longhorns have scored a touchdown in that window in every game this season. Stretch it back to last year, and they have 12 touchdowns and three field goals in the last 18 games. That's just the sort of extra punch that demoralizes opponents heading to the locker room.

Peterson's ex-con father will miss Texas game
Associated Press
Adrian Peterson's father won't be able to attend the Red River Rivalry game Saturday between No. 14 Oklahoma and No. 7 Texas, but the Sooners tailback expects him to be in the stands the following week.

Texas can play
Norman Transcript
Since the new millennium, Texas had become synonymous with second-place finishes in the Big 12. From 2000-2004, the Longhorns went 52-13 and never finished worse than 12th in the final Associated Press Top 25. Yet the Longhorns failure to win a Big 12 Championship in any of those seasons seemed to be inscribed on every season's tombstone. Oklahoma was the reason all those wins never amounted to a conference or national championship. The Sooners rolled off five straight victories in the Red River Shootout, twice setting records for most-lopsided wins in the fabled rivalry's history. Most reasoned the Sooners held a mental edge or at the very least some sort of mojo when they walked down the Cotton Bowl ramp. That all changed last year.

McCoy has edge on Young
Daily Oklahoman
So word is out, Colt McCoy is no Vince Young. "That's no big secret," Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. Yet in at least one respect, that's not necessarily a good thing for the Sooners.

McCoy still big news in small town
Daily Oklahoman
Over at the convenience store, they're still debating the long-term impact of the new sewer system, which was installed last May. Up at the high school, they still talk about the tornado, which blew through - but thankfully, didn't touch down - a couple years back. And then there's Colt McCoy.

OU football notebook
Daily Oklahoman

Texas-OU coverage from Scout's Oklahoma site
OUInsider.com

Football recruiting:

Lennon Creer: Likes the Horns again?
InsideTexas.com
Tatum, Texas is home to one of the nation's top running backs in Lennon Creer. He's picked up offers from just about everyone, including Texas. However, Texas gave him a deadline to commit, which Creer let pass, but does he have a renewed interest in the Horns?

Andrew Luck: Star QB in the Making
InsideTexas.com
Houston Stratford quarterback Andrew Luck may be the best pure passer in the state of Texas for the class of 2008. He has been lighting it up this season with pinpoint accuracy and a great arm. He already has two scholarship offers from Big 12 schools and more are on the way. Head Coach Elliot Allen talked about what his star quarterback brings on and off the field.

Alumni:

VY looking like his old self in first NFL start
Daily Texan
Believe it or not, that was the Vince Young you were used to seeing. Not last year's national championship winning Young, but the pre-Rose Bowl, sophomore Young.

Other:

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Austin American-Statesman

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Dallas Morning News

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