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Texas A&M Game Report Cards
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 12-7 loss to Texas A&M.

What happened to Texas?
Austin American-Statesman
By rule, the Big 12 championship game is supposed to feature the best two football teams in the league. Sadly, it will. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops took a page from Mack Brown's playbook. After losing to Texas, Stoops' Sooners won their last seven regular-season games, capped by a 27-21 victory over Oklahoma State. That's tough to say, especially since Texas has beaten both Oklahoma and Nebraska, the two teams that will square off in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday with a BCS berth at stake.

Texas' bowl situation still very unclear
Austin American-Statesman
The only firm detail Texas knows about its postseason itinerary is that the Longhorns will not be going to Kansas City, Mo., later this week to defend their Big 12 Conference championship. That was settled when a desperation pass glanced off the fingertips of Oklahoma State receiver D'Juan Woods in the end zone as time expired against Oklahoma. The Sooners' 27-21 victory over the Cowboys on Saturday sent OU to the title game against Nebraska and officially ended the Longhorns' slim hopes of earning a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. Otherwise, the bowl picture for the Longhorns (9-3) remained unfocused because of their 12-7 home loss to Texas A&M.

Late-season slide exposes UT
Dallas Morning News
Without Vince Young, no one knew if Texas would have a chance to defend its national title. Quarterback was too big of a question mark. But then the Longhorns survived a treacherous October in which coaches gave players pink Energizer bunnies to keep going. And for good reason. Texas came from behind to beat Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas Tech. And then the Longhorns played their most complete game in a 36-10 victory over Oklahoma State on Nov. 4. So at 9-1 with its only loss coming against No. 1 Ohio State, Texas became the sexy one-loss team to get back into the BCS national title picture. And then everything collapsed in upset losses to Kansas State and Texas A&M. Texas was a double-digit favorite in both contests.

Hard to pin bowls for Big 12 teams
Dallas Morning News
The Big 12 bowl picture was pretty clear before the final week of the regular season. Texas A&M muddied the waters with its win over Texas. That upset, combined with Oklahoma beating Oklahoma State to clinch a berth in the Big 12 championship game, gives bowl committees with Big 12 tie-ins a lot to talk about during their team selection meetings this week.

Toy Department: Assistants' fortunes shifting
San Antonio Express-News
Smart money figured Texas' Gene Chizik and Texas A&M's Gary Darnell wouldn't last much beyond this season. Come late December, early January, both would be packing up their offices, except with one major difference. One would have somewhere to go.

Bowl spin may send Longhorns to Gator
Houston Chronicle
Defending national champion Texas will be watching the Big 12 Championship Game this week. Oklahoma clinched the Big 12 South title with a 27-21 victory over in-state rival Oklahoma State on Saturday, ending the Longhorns' hopes for a third straight Bowl Championship Series appearance. Oklahoma will face Nebraska, winner of the Big 12 North, on Saturday in the league championship game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Longhorns, who finished the regular season with consecutive losses to Kansas State and Texas A&M, must wait for their bowl destination. Texas is expected to receive an invitation to the Gator Bowl, assuming Oklahoma wins the Big 12's automatic BCS bid.

Daily Texan
It wasn't the way Texas had envisioned spending its Thanksgiving weekend, banking on someone else to do the dirty work so the Longhorns could reach the Big 12 championship game. But after A&M came into Austin and ended a six-game losing streak to the Longhorns with a 12-7 victory, Texas had no other choice.

Aggies ruin Longhorns' senior day
Daily Texan
Just after the final notes of "The Eyes of Texas" faded away Friday, Selvin Young found Justin Blalock near the 35-yard line. "You want to run around the field with me?" the running back asked the fellow senior offensive lineman. Blalock nodded and another senior, defensive end Brian Robison, joined the pair as they took one final lap at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. It was Senior Day, and the Longhorns had just fallen to the Aggies in a bitterly fought 12-7 loss.

McCoy suffers pinched nerve in neck after late hits
Daily Texan
Colt McCoy was diagnosed with a severely pinched nerve in his neck, an injury he sustained during Texas' final drive against Texas A&M.

Texas likely headed to Gator Bowl
Daily Texan
Tear down the stands in the Horseshoe, and send Bevo out to pasture. The Aggies won, and all hope seems lost for this season. There isn't much to say after a 12-7 loss to Texas A&M. But before the 2006 season is laid to rest, there's a few things the Longhorns need to gain closure on.

Football recruiting:

Top Texas junior pulls the trigger
Oklahoma hasn't even closed the book on their 2007 recruiting class, and they've already landed their first prospect for the 2008 class. And it's a big one. Keller, Texas defensive end R.J. Washington, already considered one of the top juniors in the Lone Star state, talks about his commitment to Oklahoma.


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