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Hoops:

Sweet Revenge
InsideTexas.com
The Longhorns won a thriller in overtime at the Toyota Center in Houston, 76-75, against the LSU team that bounced them from last season's Elite Eight.

With team play, Longhorns show they mean business
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant's team won its biggest game of the year on Sunday night. Oddly enough, without Durant. At least offensively. While the freshman sensation was held to fewer than 20 points for the first time when he scored just 10, everybody else chipped in big-time. Score one for the entourage. Those in Durant's considerable shadow stretched themselves on the most important night of the early season and cast some big shadows themselves in Texas' 76-75 overtime basketball victory over ninth-ranked LSU.

Longhorns edge No. 9 LSU in OT
Dallas Morning News
When Texas last saw LSU's Glen "Big Baby" Davis, he was wearing a gold feather boa, standing on the scorer's table and yelling into a microphone, having just beaten the Longhorns in overtime en route to the 2006 Final Four. Sunday night, Davis lay face down for nearly a minute after a youthful, unranked Longhorns' team upset the ninth-ranked Tigers, 76-75, in overtime in front of 12,511 at the Toyota Center.

UT's Augustin fuels OT thriller
San Antonio Express-News
It was supposed to be a surprise, 50 people in two charter buses from D.J. Augustin's old high school in New Orleans zipping west to watch his new Texas team face No. 9 LSU on Sunday night at the Toyota Center. There was just one problem. Augustin's mother, Vanessa, had spilled the beans long before the buses had even left Louisiana. "She knows how I am about surprises," said Augustin, UT's freshman point guard, after the Longhorns' 76-75 overtime victory. "I don't like them." Augustin might allow an exception for what else happened Sunday night.

UT rebounds, holds off LSU
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas still needs to brush up on some finer points of the game, such as making free throws when the outcome is on the line. But the Longhorns gained some badly needed style points Sunday night with a 76-75 overtime victory over No. 9 LSU before a stay-to-the-last-minute crowd of 12,511 in the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets.

Two freshmen key in Longhorn victory
Daily Texan
He'd been working on it all week long. Damion James knew coming into Sunday's match-up with No. 9 Louisiana State that his primary responsibility would be covering arguably the most dangerous player the Longhorns will face all season. James guarded Glen "Big Baby" Davis, LSU's 6-foot-9-inch, 295-pound center, to the best of his ability and added 10 points and 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

James finishes below average in scoring, still serves big role
Daily Texan
Be it jambalaya or chili, sometimes a dish is best served after some time to blend the spices. The Longhorns' mix worked well enough with a key ingredient tasting little but the rim on his shots. But freshman Kevin Durant didn't exactly sit in the refrigerator, either.

Football:

Ross, McCoy named Longhorn MVPs
Austin American-Statesman
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and cornerback Aaron Ross received the most valuable player trophies for offense and defense during Friday's night's Longhorn football banquet.

Recruiting:

Five star loves official visit
InsideTexas.com
South Grand Prairie, Texas offensive guard Tray Allen is the prize commitment of the Texas Longhorns, who have the top ranked recruiting class in America. This weekend he was in Austin on his official visit.

Brandon Collins Enjoys Austin Visit
InsideTexas.com
A pair of teammates from Brenham High School were in Austin over the weekend on official visits. Three-star athlete Brandon Collins and fellow teammate Ahmard Howard joined the majority of the current Texas Longhorn recruiting class to tour the campus and attend Friday's Football Banquet.

Ullman Makes Lasting Impression on Irby
InsideTexas.com
The Texas Longhorns held their annual Football Banquet Friday evening, and most of the Horns current commits came to Austin for an official visit. Four-star tight end Blaine Irby from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., talked to Inside Texas about his trip to Austin.

Wells hangs out with the boys
InsideTexas.com
One of the most personable kids you'll find anywhere is Beaumont (Tx.) Ozen defensive back Ben Wells. This weekend the Texas commitment traveled to Austin for his official visit.

Gooch: Back from Banquet Weekend Visit
InsideTexas.com
The Texas Longhorns arguably are bringing in the most talented group of offensive linemen in the nation next year. Three members of that group -- Tray Allen, Michael Huey and Jerrod Gooch -- were in Austin over the weekend for one of the biggest recruiting events of the year. Gooch talked about the trip to the University of Texas.

Russell Carter: Back from UT official
InsideTexas.com
The University of Texas likes to rack up on commitments early on and bring most of them in at one time in December so that they can get to know one another. This weekend Houston (Tx.) Westbury defensive end Russell Carter was in Austin on his official visit.

Women's hoops:

UT women's basketball bopped by Duke
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Longhorns lost more than a game on Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. They lost their nerve. They showed little patience. They were too often caught out of position, attempting highlight-reel steals when it would have been safer and smarter to be more protective of the basket. The 80-52 loss to fourth-ranked Duke reeked of a season-high 33 Longhorn turnovers, a statistic coach Jody Conradt harped on during the week.

Longhorns still 'have a lot of growing to do' after losing to Duke
Daily Texan
Texas knew Sunday's game against No. 4 ranked Duke would be a good litmus test. But the No. 22 Texas women received a failing grade, becoming their own worst enemy as they committed 33 turnovers en route to an 80-52 loss. The Longhorns also committed 21 fouls in the game, which lead to 23 Duke free throws.

Alumni:

Young is Titans' glorious future
Austin American-Statesman
Vince Young, God love him, gets it. If only the Houston Texans did. Instead, the team that is looking less like an expansion team and more like one headed for extinction watched some of its dark past on display Sunday. And Tennessee's glorious, eye-blinding future.

Young defeats Texans in return
San Antonio Express-News
Standing over a stack of barbecued ribs in a lively Reliant Stadium parking lot, a few hours before rookie Vince Young grilled his opposition, tailgater extraordinaire Dee Cunningham offered up mixed emotions about Young's ballyhooed hometown return. "I hope Vince plays well," said Cunningham, a lifelong Texas Longhorns fan. "But I hope the Texans win." Cunningham and a host of other Houston fans got half their hopes granted — thanks to Young's exploits that left the Texans in a stew. The former UT star quarterback dashed 39 yards for a winning touchdown in the Tennessee Titans' 26-20 overtime victory before 70,760 fans.

Winning scamper harkens to glory days for ex-Horn
San Antonio Express-News
Vince Young's run to more glory in his hometown brought back childhood memories that took place just a few miles from Reliant Stadium, and often with the same result. A spanking. Sunday, an ecstatic Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams hugged Young and asked his quarterback what was going through his mind during Young's staggering 39-yard touchdown run that defeated the Houston Texans 26-20 in overtime. "I told him," a grinning Young said, "that I felt like my mom was chasing me with a belt."

Young leads Titans to victory in OT
Daily Texan
So much for the Texans proving they made the right decision by not drafting Vince Young. Young ran for a 39-yard touchdown in overtime Sunday to give Tennessee a 26-20 win over the Houston Texans for a third straight comeback victory and fourth win in a row.

Former Texas QB visits Frogs
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Former Texas quarterback Jevan Snead attended TCU practice Saturday and spent most of his time watching the offense as the Horned Frogs began preparations for the Poinsettia Bowl.

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