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McCoy Showed True Colors in 'Red October'
His teammates call him "the 12-year old boy". His father calls him the Babyfaced Assassin. Now, members of the national sports media are calling Texas QB Colt McCoy a Heisman Trophy contender.

Inside Texas Blog: A Look Back, a Look Ahead
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from Texas' win over the Red Raiders and looks at what this game meant in terms of where the Longhorns are going.

Audio: Brian Orakpo
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger sits down with defensive end Brian Orakpo to talk about the Texas Tech game, his development and more.

Culpepper's Commentary: Texas Tech Game
I was wrong. I predicted an overtime win for Texas but after the first 15 minutes even overtime looked out of reach with the score Tech 21, Texas 0 to the utter delight and amazement of the record-breaking crowd of 56,158 red and black-shirted fans at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.

From novice QB to all-conference?
Austin American-Statesman
Remember the late-summer chatter about how whoever eventually started at quarterback for Texas would be the biggest reason the Longhorns couldn't repeat as national champions? Now that it's November, the buzz seems like so much background noise, given that fourth-ranked Texas is winning games because of Colt McCoy, its redshirt freshman quarterback.

McCoy deserves to be part of Heisman conversation
Austin American-Statesman
We interrupt our regular programming to join the Heisman Trophy race already in progress. Actually, the Heisman race is no race at all. The only real suspense remaining is the intrigue over the seating arrangement in New York City. Just who will be sitting next to Troy Smith at the Downtown Athletic Club ceremony in December? Here's a suggestion: Save a chair for Colt McCoy.

Texas football notes
Austin American-Statesman

Horns threw Cowboys for a loop in '04
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown says his team's 28-point comeback victory against Oklahoma State at home in 2004 changed the personality of the entire Longhorns program. Brown said the 56-35 win set the tone for what would become a 21-game winning streak, including last year's national title. Fourth-ranked Texas faces the Cowboys on Saturday night.

How UT won for losing QBs
San Antonio Express-News
In some alternate universe somewhere, a public address announcer just sent shivers up the spine of every Texas football fan: Now in at quarterback for the Longhorns, Ryan Perrilloux. You remember Ryan Perrilloux. He was the hotshot quarterback prospect in 2004 who swore he was coming to UT – right up until the moment he signed with LSU. The Longhorns were left to sign only one quarterback that year, some noodle-armed, babyfaced kid from a town with one stoplight and no Dairy Queen who nobody had ever heard of, and who nobody expected to amount to much. Colt McCoy is doing pretty well for himself these days.

Oklahoma State hopes to hold leads this time
San Antonio Express-News
Getting ahead of Texas hasn't been a problem for Oklahoma State in the past three seasons. Staying there has.

'Baby-faced' no longer
Daily Texan
Colt McCoy took his gun-slinging ways to Lubbock, and his four-touchdown day earned him the nod as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Cowboys' sack attack has quarterbacks on the run
Daily Oklahoman
Defensive ends Victor DeGrate, Nathan Peterson and their defensive line comrades have a friendly competition. It's Oklahoma State's version of the Orange Crush. Because OSU's defense twice has failed to protect late-game leads, what has been overlooked is the Cowboys are wreaking havoc on quarterbacks.

OSU football: Notebook
Daily Oklahoman

Cowboys shedding old loyalties to beat Texas
Daily O'Collegian
It's a common belief that those raised south of the Red River's muddy banks hold several truths as self-evident as those granted to them by the U.S. Constitution.

Oklahoma State coverage

Football recruiting:

Catching Up with Omarius Hines
Corsicana wide receiver Omarius Hines has been putting on a catching clinic early in his junior season. His performance has already earned him three scholarship offers from Big 12 schools. Hines talked about how the season is going and updated his recruitment.

Men's hoops:

The Season Has Begun
The Texas Longhorns kicked off the 2006-2007 season with an exhibition match against Division II Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday night. Texas fans, many dressed in Halloween costumes, got their first look at their young squad in the 98-64 win.

James impressive in UT debut
Austin American-Statesman
Damion James doesn't have a twin. It just looked as though he did on Tuesday night. Surely there was more than one of him. James, the freshman forward, introduced himself to Texas fans with hustle and aggression at both ends. He was everywhere, producing 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals, as the Longhorns defeated Division II Lenoir-Rhyne of Hickory, N.C., 98-64 in an exhibition game at the Erwin Center.

Baby Horns pass Halloween debut
Daily Texan
Texas freshman Kevin Durant wasn't afraid to admit it. Even though he's played against some of the best talent in the country in high school, there's just something different about playing at the next level.

Team's offensive struggles overcome thanks to focus on defensive fundamentals
Daily Texan
Every coach will tell a struggling offensive team that if the players can't get it done on the offensive end, then the defense will put it back in sync. Texas coach Rick Barnes knows all about that philosophy. Barnes has always been known to coach hard-nosed defense in his tenure at Texas. In their win against Lenoir-Rhyne, the Longhorns used that mantra to help their seven newcomers - three of whom started - adjust to the college basketball limelight.


Horns' Kainer signs pro contract
Austin American-Statesman
Carson Kainer had planned to return to Texas for his senior season, but the Longhorns' All-Big 12 outfielder received an offer he could not refuse Tuesday. Kainer is skipping his final college season after signing a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds.


Young a winner either way
San Antonio Express-News
Vince Young shouldn't have any regrets. He has his money. He's already won two NFL games. And he's closer to a Super Bowl than either David Carr or Matt Leinart will be anytime soon. But even so, he's bound to catch himself wondering every now and then about what might have been.


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