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Defense's Mid-Term Grade: 'P' for Physical
Texas' defense just pitched a second-half shutout against Oklahoma, is finally getting an honest pass rush from its front four, has produced nine turnovers in the last two games and boasts one of the best run defenses in program history. So, why isn't Co-Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik smiling?

Culpepper's Commentary: Oklahoma Game
The real test has been there for over 46 years: at The University of Texas, a player, a team, even a coach is judged by what they do versus Oklahoma. I know from personal experience.

Audio: Lyle Sendlein
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger sits down with Longhorn center Lyle Sendlein.

Baylor's Wilson forecasts 'The I-35 Surprise'
Austin American-Statesman
Listening to C.J. Wilson hold his interviewers captive with his biting wit can overshadow the less obvious: he's a good football player. Baylor's yappy senior is one part cornerback, one part comedian, and maybe one part "Looney Tunes." He will have you believe the unranked Bears (3-3, 2-0 Big 12) are going to stroll into Royal-Memorial Stadium this weekend and pull a Buster Douglas on the defending national champions.

Longhorns notebook
Austin American-Statesman

UT has examples to encourage Snead
Dallas Morning News
Redshirt freshman Colt McCoy appears to be solidifying his position as Texas' starting quarterback. That could mean a decreasing opportunity for freshman backup Jevan Snead to get on the field. Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis was asked if Snead was getting frustrated and possibly entertaining thoughts of transferring.

UT had a shot at Missouri's Daniel
Dallas Morning News
Chase Daniel did everything he could to impress the University of Texas coaching staff – except grow a couple of inches. The 6-footer posted staggering numbers as a junior, leading Southlake Carroll to the 2003 state championship game. He put together a great summer camp in Austin. His first color was burnt orange, which was reflected by his bedroom. Still, nobody from Austin called.

In Colt They (Now) Trust
San Antonio Express-News
If the Texas Longhorns go on to accomplish everything they believe they still can this season, one down-and-distance will stand out as the season's watershed moment. Third-and-three. That's the situation the Longhorns faced near the end of a miserable, soul-searching second quarter Saturday against Oklahoma. They responded by throwing a 2-yard hitch pattern to Billy Pittman, then settled for a punt. That play did more than just nudge UT finally into positive yardage for the quarter. It, at long last, convinced coach Mack Brown he'd seen enough.

Baylor defense relies on local pair
San Antonio Express-News
Channel surfing on a Saturday afternoon two years ago, Baylor cornerback Anthony Arline came across a high school football game that piqued his interest. He recognized the name of one school in the game (Smithson Valley) but not the name of the wrecking-ball linebacker the announcers kept raving about. Joe Pawelek? "I had never really heard of him," Arline said. Now Arline, a former prep All-American at Madison, counts himself as one of Pawelek's biggest fans. Pawelek, the once-in-a-lifetime standout at Smithson Valley, now starts at linebacker for a rejuvenated Baylor defense that has helped usher the Bears into unlikely territory. They enter Saturday's game at No. 6 Texas tied with the Longhorns (5-1, 2-0) atop the Big 12 South.

Baylor's Wilson vows closer game vs. Texas
San Antonio Express-News
Baylor cornerback C.J. Wilson more or less guaranteed a victory before last year's game against Texas. That didn't work out so well for the Bears, who lost 62-0. With the two teams set to meet again Saturday, Wilson will only make one vow: The game will not be a blowout this time.

Better to receive than to give
Houston Chronicle
"Two we're in, four we win." Baylor defensive coordinator Bill Bradley came up with the catchy mantra describing the importance of creating turnovers, one that has become as unlikely as another catch phrase being heard aroundcampus entering Saturday's showdown with No. 6 Texas in Austin. "Big 12 South co-leaders."

Texas guards against a letdown
Daily Texan
The Sooners have been disposed of and confidence is restored in Longhorn nation. Now with one of college football's biggest midseason games won and the Baylor Bears up next on the schedule, the inevitable question has arisen. Is Guy Morriss and his squad poised to surprise Texas?

So long, Longhorn: Bevo XIII dies
Associated Press
Bevo XIII, the longest-tenured mascot in Texas Longhorns history, is gone to the big ranch in the sky. The retired mascot died Monday on the private ranch where he lived with his successor, Bevo XIV, the Silver Spurs spirit club announced Tuesday.

BU won't settle for door prize at UT
Waco Tribune-Herald
While the talent gap between Texas and Baylor has started to narrow, Guy Morriss said his Bears have to "go down there and let it all hang out."

Football recruiting:

Justin Johnson: Impressed by Texas-OU Game
Justin Johnson attended the Red River Shootout this past weekend. He had a great time in Dallas and was fascinated by the magnitude of the rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma. Johnson has already picked up nine scholarship offers from schools all over the nation.

Keon Furtch: Back from Red River Shootout
Paris wide receiver Keon Furtch attended the Red River Shootout this past weekend in Dallas. He was very impressed with the fans on both sides and the atmosphere inside the stadium. Furtch raved about his visit and updated where he stands as far as recruiting goes.


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