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Short-Yardage Backs
Few doubt that Texas' RBs are running hard; it's just that they're not running very far. The Horns have just 29 explosive running plays (12+ yards) through seven games this season.

Culpepper's Commentary: Baylor Game
Two things stand out at this game and one of them had nothing to do with what was happening on the field.

Improved rushing game helps Nebraska's Taylor
Austin American-Statesman
In the Osborne days, you could count on the Nebraska Cornhuskers to run opponents into submission. If it wasn't Mike Rozier stepping off 200 yards, it was Tommy Frazier racing down the field after one of his trademark option fakes or, in more recent years, Eric Crouch slipping through tackles. A few of those concepts are still part of the Big Red's offensive makeup, but the forward pass has taken on more importance under Huskers head coach Bill Callahan, a former NFL coach.

Longhorns football notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Injuries could affect UT's depth in secondary
Dallas Morning News
Texas has prided itself on depth, but there is clearly a drop-off in the secondary when starting safety Marcus Griffin and cornerback Tarell Brown are out of the game.

Longhorns Insider: UT on the road again ... and loving it
San Antonio Express-News
Attention Nebraska football fans. Texas offensive tackle Justin Blalock would like very much for you to curse him out this weekend. Tell him he stinks. Do that obnoxious double-handed "Horns down" gesture, right in his face. Then throw stuff at him. "Well, maybe not throw stuff," Blalock said. "That could get dangerous." But that other stuff? When the Longhorns come to visit your lovely stadium on Saturday, do that to them. All that cuss and circumstance is part of what Blalock loves about playing on the road. And, he says, part of what makes the Longhorns nearly unbeatable there.

Beating UT would restore Nebraska's prestige
San Antonio Express-News
Tired of all those high-scoring games where passes and points are becoming way too commonplace? Nebraska and Texas won't be wearing leather helmets Saturday, but maybe they should be. It figures to be that kind of throwback game between the Big 12's two best teams.

Nebraska craves national spotlight
Houston Chronicle
The road back to national prominence for the Nebraska football program lacks one key element. It's called a signature victory. That could change Saturday when the No. 17 Cornhuskers host fifth-ranked Texas in a meeting of Big 12 division leaders in Lincoln, Neb.

Cornhusker fans well-known as conference's classiest
Daily Texan
Ricky Williams was eight games through his Heisman Trophy winning season in 1998 when he and the Longhorns exited the field at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., after a 20-16 victory over the Cornhuskers. Famous for being well-mannered and respectful, the Nebraska faithful stayed true to form and gave Williams a standing ovation as chants of "Heisman" echoed throughout.

McCoy no typical freshman
Kerrville Daily News
It was the kind of start that might have had a freshman quarterback sitting on the sidelines, looking for answers or watching his replacement take over. But then, it seems, Colt McCoy is not your typical freshman quarterback.

Huskers' running backs will try to dent Longhorns
Associated Press
Nebraska I-back Cody Glenn listened in Tuesday as receiver Maurice Purify was telling reporters that a team can't expect to beat Texas by running the ball 50 or 60 times. Glenn smiled and nodded from the back of the room, as if to say, ''Yes, you can.''

Taylor aims to improve completion percentage
Lincoln Journal Star
His completion rate has fallen of late and he admits he's simply misfired at times. It's not as if Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor is slumping miserably — after all, he ranks ninth nationally in pass efficiency — but he hasn't necessarily been hitting on all cylinders in Big 12 play. If this all seems like nit-picking, well, if there were ever a week to nit-pick on Taylor this might be it as fifth-ranked Texas comes to Lincoln on Saturday hitting on all cylinders, Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said Tuesday.

Horns say they're OK with change of venue
Lincoln Journal Star
The last time Texas played a true road game, in 1998, the Longhorns came to Nebraska and halted the Huskers' 47-game winning streak in Memorial Stadium. Only kidding on the first part of that, folks. But dang, it sure seems like it's been that long since Texas traveled. Would you believe that Saturday's clash between the Big 12 Conference division leaders in Lincoln will mark the first time in eight games this season Mack Brown's mega-talented club will face a real hornet's nest?

Callahan: Texas is a different challenge than USC
Lincoln Journal Star
Initially, Bill Callahan said Texas would be the "most complete team" the Nebraska football team has played to date. When asked if the Longhorns were more complete than USC (a team that defeated the Huskers 28-10 earlier this season), the Nebraska coach backed off a bit, saying he wouldn't make that comparison. Whatever the case, Callahan made this much certain during his weekly media luncheon Tuesday: Don't expect the same type of game Saturday against No. 5 Texas as the Huskers played against then-No.4 USC.

The Word with Cody Glenn
Lincoln Journal Star
Cody Glenn is Nebraska's first-, second- or third-string I-back. Take your pick. Some weeks are really good — like his 148-yard, two-touchdown performance against Iowa State — others are quiet. Glenn had 10 carries for 22 yards Saturday against K-State. Glenn, a 230-pound sophomore from Rusk, Texas, says he doesn't care about the carries as long as the Huskers are winning. After surviving a scary automobile accident last spring — his Nissan Sentra got tangled up with an 18-wheeler — he's just glad to be here.

Longhorns long a thorn to Huskers
Omaha World-Herald
Tom Osborne got hooked. Frank Solich, too. Will Bill Callahan be next? Look back at 10 years of Husker heartache and it's hard to imagine otherwise. Texas has foiled national championship runs, undefeated seasons and home winning streaks. They've even helped get a coach fired. Texas and Nebraska aren't exactly rivals - they don't play every year. That's probably a good thing for NU, which is 1-5 against the Longhorns since 1996 - the only win came in the 1999 Big 12 championship.

Pass or run? Huskers will do 'what it takes'
Omaha World-Herald
It was an amusing little exchange Tuesday, because of the perfect timing and the two individuals involved, but also the perfect precursor to the interest brewing in what the Nebraska offense might do Saturday against Texas. As a receiver, Maurice Purify couldn't stand to think that the Huskers wouldn't throw the football at the Longhorns... As an I-back, Cody Glenn begged to differ.

An angry Patrick is an effective Patrick
Omaha World-Herald
Chris Patrick has been called angry, intense. Even violent. In this case, all are compliments.

Meet NU's hard-working Hunter
Omaha World-Herald
Nebraska tight end Hunter Teafatiller likes to mention that nothing has been handed to him in life.

Husker Q&A: Maurice Purify
Omaha World-Herald

Football recruiting:

Dynamic ATH at Aledo High
Aledo High School is always a hot spot in the recruiting world. The Texas Longhorns already have commitments from two seniors from a very talented team. The junior class at Aledo is also very strong and is led by quarterback Cole Loftin. Head Coach Tim Buchanan raved about Loftin?s versatility and talked about several other juniors that should receive Division I interest.


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