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Now, About That Pass Defense...
Texas' pass defense is ranked No. 112 nationally after yielding a John Mackovician 254.7 yards-per-game. It's the kind of numbers for which Aggie DBs were derided the past few seasons. Any chance of sudden change this season?

Brown Addresses Possibility of Snead Transfer
Texas coach Mack Brown addressed the speculation Wednesday that backup QB Jevan Snead might transfer at the end of the season.

Audio: Clendon Ross on ESPN Radio
Inside Texas' Clendon Ross joins ESPN Radio's Kevin Scott, AJ Hoffman and former Longhorn All-American Dan Neil to talk Jevan Snead's possible transfer, Oklahoma State, secondary issues and more.

Audio: Justin Blalock
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger sits down with Longhorn offensive lineman Justin Blalock to talk about the atmosphere against Tech, his transition to offensive guard and his "Heisman campaign" (or lack thereof).

BCS might not be in Cards for Horns
Austin American-Statesman
Forget BCS. Texas fans dreaming of a repeat national championship might want to focus on some other initials instead. AP.

Brown: Chizik would have coach's blessing to interview at Michigan State.
Austin American-Statesman
If Gene Chizik surfaces as a candidate for the now-vacant Michigan State head coaching job, the Texas co-defensive coordinator would approach the job with his boss' blessing.

These OSU Cowboys have the horses
Dallas Morning News
If Texas' defense needs any motivation for Saturday's game against high-flying Oklahoma State, listen to a rather unlikely source – a former Longhorn. "Who can stop our offense?" said OSU defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, a UT defensive back from 1977 to '81. "I think our offense right now can outscore anyone."

UT's Brown addresses Snead transfer rumors
Dallas Morning News
Coach Mack Brown was asked Wednesday about rumors on Texas fan Web sites that backup freshman quarterback Jevan Snead is exploring schools where he could transfer.

Longhorns have fumbled 10 times in two weeks
Dallas Morning News
Texas leads the nation in fumble recoveries with 15. But the Longhorns are second-worst nationally in fumbles lost – with nine. In the last two weeks, Texas has had 10 fumbles.

UT's comeback kids
San Antonio Express-News
Some teams might deem a rally from 21 points behind to be improbable. Or amazing. Or at the very least, unexpected. The No. 4 Texas Longhorns, who erased just such a deficit in a 35-31 victory at Texas Tech last week, have another term for that kind of comeback. Par for the course.

UT's McCoy nearing record for TD passes
San Antonio Express-News
There is a good chance Texas quarterback Colt McCoy could leave Saturday's game against Oklahoma State as the school's single-season leader in touchdown passes.

'Horns need help to take big byte out of BCS deficit
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The first of three potential matchups between undefeated teams guaranteed to shuffle the late-season BCS standings occurs tonight.

Bowie grad comes up big
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Although Texas allowed 519 passing yards to Texas Tech, the Longhorns' secondary still had a few highlights. In the film room, the players watched the smallest defensive back bull-rush Tech's big receiver. Last week, Red Raiders quarterback Graham Harrell passed to Joel Filani on fourth-and-15 in the crucial moments of the fourth quarter. The only player in Filani's way was Ryan Palmer, formerly of Arlington Bowie.

Odd trend dogs Cowboys
Houston Chronicle
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy doesn't plan on preparing a special pregame speech for Saturday's showdown with No. 4 Texas. He should just write this on a chalkboard: 118-0. In the past three meetings with Texas, the Cowboys have been ahead at halftime only to be outscored by that composite margin in the second half.

Where will Gene Chizik be next year?
Houston Chronicle

Big 12 Power Rankings
Daily Texan

Oklahoma State partly to thank for 'Horns' run
Daily Oklahoman
You'll find this hard to believe, given the current Big 12 order — which is Texas, followed by 11 teams that hope to grow up to be Texas.

OSU football: Notebook
Daily Oklahoman

Oklahoma State coverage

Football recruiting:

Eyes on Irving MacArthur Juniors
Irving MacArthur High School in Texas is home a pair of juniors that have the potential to play Division I football. Running back Edward Wesley and wide receiver Isaiah Perry make quite a tandem on the offensive side of the ball. Head Coach Brian Basil chimed in on his junior prospects.

Men's hoops:

Horns try to walk before they March
Austin American-Statesman
Write it down. Texas will be in the NCAA basketball tournament next March. Well, duh.

Women's hoops:

Longhorns ready to put 13-15 behind them
Austin American-Statesman
Tonight, 13-15 finally becomes a memory. The questions will turn from what went wrong to what is going to happen this season.

Jackson named Wooden Award candidate


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