Senior CB Rod Babers, junior LB Reed Boyd and junior DT Marcus Tubbs shared the Mike Campbell Defensive Player(s) of the Week for their efforts. Babers registered four tackles, one sack and had a career-high four pass breakups, which pushed his career total to 37 (No. 6 all-time at Texas). Boyd is credited for turning the Burnt Orange tide against the Green Wave with his first quarter interception and leading the team in tackles (10) for the third straight game. The interception and his quarterback sacks were career firsts. After missing six quarters of football following his concussion at North Carolina, Tubbs tallied a season-high eight tackles, four QB pressures and, of course, blocked that fourth quarter field goal returned for a touchdown.
"You should have seen Marcus Tubbs on the game film," Brown gushed. "He really knocked the guy five yards back into the backfield. He had an amazing hit. He played by far his best game. He dominated the center throughout."
Freshman RB/PR Selvin Young (see Hot News) was tabbed not only the teams Special Teams Player of the Week for his 71-yard punt return for touchdown but he also shared the Big 12s special teams honor.
"Hes ahead of where we thought he would be at this time," Brown said.
TEAM, INDIVIDUAL STATS
Texas defense and special teams units continue to leave their mark on league and national statistical categories.
Entering Big 12 play, the Longhorns are ranked first nationally in pass defense efficiency (70.4), while ranking No. 2 in the country (tops in Big 12) in both scoring defense (8.0 ppg) and pass defense (118.5). Texas is No. 17 nationally (No. 4 in conference) in stopping the run, surrendering 94.2 yards on the ground per game. It all adds up to, statistically, the leagues best (and the NCAAs second-best) unit in total defense. FS Dakarai Pearsons three interceptions in four games ranks him at No. 9 in the nation.
Texas also leads the league in kickoff coverage (15.5) and time of possession (32:46).
UT's 19.9 punt-return average is good for fourth best in the country and trails only Nebraska (20.3) in the Big 12. Selvin Youngs 28.3-yard punt return average leads the Big 12 (not bad for a back-up, huh?).
Another indicator of strong special teams and defensive play is when a school is listed among the nations scoring leaders while posting relatively nondescript marks for total offense. As a team, Texas is lighting up the scoreboard with an average of 42.2 ppg (No. 3 in Big 12, No. 6 nationally). The school is listed at No. 34 nationally in total offense (407.2 ypg), good for fifth best in the conference. The Horns are averaging 176.8 yards on the ground (No. 5 Big 12, No. 39 nationally) and 230.5 through the air (No. 5 Big 12, No. 48 nationally).
Cedric Bensons 126.2 ypg average trails only Colorado RB Chris Brown (127.8) among league players and is good for No. 11 nationally. This week, QB Chris Simms (68-of-118 for 894 yards) is listed as No. 3 in the conference and No. 25 nationally after completing nearly 57 percent of his attempts and averaging 223.5 yards through the air in four outings.
As far as Texas' "Big Three" receiving corps? Neither SE Roy Williams, FL B.J. Johnson nor SE Sloan Thomas are anywhere to be found among the conferences 12 leading receivers. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis has used a share-the-wealth approach in spreading the ball around to eight or nine receivers as of late, often getting tight ends and the running backs more involved in the passing game.
The Big 12s most penalized team? Yep, its the Horns. Texas has been flagged 35 times in four games for an average of 81 yards in walkoffs.
No. 4 WOMENS SOCCER ROLLS -- The fourth-ranked Texas womens soccer team blew past the Iowa State Cyclones, 7-0, Sunday, in its Big 12 opener. The win marked the Horns fourth shutout of the year as Texas improved its record to 6-2-1. On Friday, the team played to a 1-1 tie against No. 15 Washington.
VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS KSU, OU -- The Longhorn volleyball team became the only conference foe other than powerhouse Nebraska to sweep Kansas State on their home court this past weekend, 30-27, 30-26, 30-16. The win snaps a six-game losing streak to the Wildcats. Texas hit .301 while holding the Wildcats to a .104 hitting percentage. The Horns also dusted off Oklahoma (30-22, 30-22, 30-19) at home Friday. The wins evened Texas conference mark at 2-2, 10-3 overall.
NO. 4 MENS GOLF FINISH 10TH -- The fourth-ranked Texas Mens Golf Team finished 10th (871) at the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm in Rock Face, Ga. over the weekend. Junior Jason Hartwick finished fourth in the individual standings, firing a seven-under-par 209 after three rounds.
MENS CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES 10th -- The Longhorn Mens cross country team finished 10th out of 27 teams behind two individual top-25 finishes from senior Ben Dawson (18th) and freshman Joe Thorne (23rd) at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday in Minneapolis.