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See how they run?
Curious about Texas' stalled drives inside the Red Zone at Nebraska? Or, the play selection near the goal line? Or, the ground game in general? Longhorn coaches have answers, plus some questions of their own.

Audio: Aaron Ross
Texas cornerback Aaron Ross talks to Longhorn beat reporters about the win over Nebraska, defending the Texas Tech attack and more.

Culpepper's Commentary: Nebraska Game
If you were watching this one on television, it is difficult to really know the effect of the wind, the cold, the rain and the snow in Lincoln. And, make no mistake, the Longhorns' failure to score touchdowns and two missed field goals, whatever the reason, greatly aided Nebraska's ability to make a comeback.

'Is that my son?' Yes, and a UT hero to boot
Austin American-Statesman
Cindy Bailey stared at the television. Ryan? Steve Bailey stared at the television. Ryan? Millions of Americans stared at their televisions. Who's Ryan? Nearly no one watching Texas and Nebraska play football Saturday recognized Ryan Bailey, jogging into swift and surprising fame through a swirl of Midwestern snow. But his parents knew their son, and when they witnessed Longhorns head coach Mack Brown pat Ryan's helmet on the sidelines, they began to accept the sudden and thrilling and agonizing truth. Soon, everyone would remember Ryan.

The I of Texas isn't exactly upon us
Austin American-Statesman
Texas' heart-stopping victory last weekend featured all sorts of exotics like a backward handoff to Jordan Shipley on a hideout play and every double reverse and halfback pass in Nebraska's playbook and a winning kick from a kicker no one but next of kin knew. Oh, and the I-formation. Surely, you remember that alignment. Two running backs in the same backfield, one lined up in front of the other. Best I can recall, one is called a fullback, but the memory is a little hazy.

Austin American-Statesman

Two help ease Longhorns' pain
Dallas Morning News
Texas defensive starters have missed 14 games to injury this season compared with one game all of last season. That number is about to go higher with DT Derek Lokey of Denton Ryan (broken leg) probably out for the season. The Longhorns are counting on depth more than ever. Two players have emerged who have helped to ease the pain: defensive end/tackle Aaron Lewis and linebacker Scott Derry.

Longhorns Insider: No 'aye' for the I
San Antonio Express-News
For a couple of snowy plays in his team's 22-20 victory at Nebraska last week, Texas center Lyle Sendlein was in fat-lineman heaven. The Longhorns momentarily abandoned their shotgun spread, lined up in an I-formation, and ran a few straight-ahead, smash-mouth run plays. Sendlein and his big linemates couldn't have been happier if Greg Davis' playcalling had come with a bucket of chicken wings and a whole pizza.

Nebraska's big plays displease UT aide
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Mack Brown said his defense played "not just good, but great" in last week's 22-20 victory over Nebraska. Co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik disagreed. Chizik was happy with a run defense that gave up only 38 yards but was not happy that the Cornhuskers were able to rack up 137 of their 340 yards on three touchdown plays.

Sizing up the Big 12
San Antonio Express-News

Texas-Texas Tech Preview
Associated Press
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was raised on Texas Tech football, but never got to see the Longhorns take on the Red Raiders in person. The freshman's first experience with the rivalry will give him a chance to do more than just watch. Fifth-ranked Texas (7-1, 4-0) looks to remain in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 South Division when it visits Lubbock to take on Texas Tech (5-3, 2-2) on Saturday night.

Injuries testing depth of Texas defense
Daily Texan
At the rate Texas' defense continues to add names to its injury report, it may need the extra assistance. The Longhorns may want to consult with You know, the Web site that gives you "Better Information. Better Health." Starting defensive tackle Derek Lokey became the latest Longhorn to add his name to the list on Monday. He broke his left leg during Texas' 22-20 win at Nebraska and is out indefinitely. He will be the sixth defensive starter this season to miss at least one game for the Longhorns. A total of 13 games have been missed by defensive starters due to injuries or suspensions this season, compared to only one last season, which was by defensive end Brian Robison.

Leach takes Texas Tech to task
Daily Texan
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was not happy. In a season-opening 12-3 loss to No. 20 TCU, his Red Raiders looked like they had chucked everything he had established in his six-year tenure as coach out the window. Where was the pass-first, high-powered offense that was Leach's hallmark? It was only the second time since Leach's first season that Tech had been held to three points or less. The eccentric coach was not afraid to make his displeasure felt.

McCoy emerging as strong QB for 'Horns
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Even though they play in different classifications, high school football coaches cross paths from time to time. Such is the case for Ennis head coach Sam Harrell and Tuscola Jim Ned's Brad McCoy. When Texas Tech hosts Texas on Saturday, the sons of the head coaches will meet on the field for the first time.

UT has too many horses for Tech to handle
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Football recruiting:

Allan Brown: Big DT at Carthage
One of the toughest positions to fill with high level Division I talent is in between the trenches at defensive tackle. The Texas Longhorns will have a major void to fill at the position in 2008. Carthage High School in Texas is home to a massive space eating tackle that plays on both sides of the ball.

DeSean Hales: First Look at 2008 ATH
Klein Oak High School in Klein (Texas) is home to a very explosive athlete. DeSean Hales provides a punch for the Panthers running the ball out of the backfield, catching at wide receiver and returning kicks. He already has two scholarship offers from Big 12 schools. Head Coach David Smith talked about what Hales brings to his football team.

Women's hoops:

Women's Basketball season preview (Part one)

Women's Basketball season preview (Part two)


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