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Football

McCoy Expected to Play Against OU
InsideTexas.com
Texas QB Colt McCoy said Monday he has been cleared to play against No. 10 Oklahoma. Meanwhile, both DE Brian Orakpo and LB Sergio Kindle are listed on the depth chart for the game and coaches are hopeful that Texas fans will see both back on the field when the Longhorns take on the Sooners.

Texas Offense: A Simpler Plan?
InsideTexas.com
Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis does not intend to scale back his game-plan following Texas' 41-21 home loss to Kansas State. But he is considering changes that should result in a less "hesitant quarterback" and less confusion along the line of scrimmage.

Kansas State Game Report Cards
InsideTexas.com
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' 41-21 loss to Kansas State.

Conner's Burnt Orange Glasses: Kansas State
InsideTexas.com
Jeff Conner's commentary on the Horns' 41-21 loss to the Wildcats.

McCoy cleared to play against OU
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns plan to simplify some of the reads on offensive plays for the Sooners

What the Horns need: less fear, more focus
Austin American-Statesman
'We're not scared." Those three words should reverberate throughout Longhorn Nation in the days leading up to what many see as a State Fair execution this Saturday afternoon. The big message from that small sentence: Texas will not go into the Red River Rivalry looking for an excuse to lose 65-13.

O-line gets personal; Brown: We abandoned the run too soon
Austin American-Statesman

Red River Matchup: The quarterbacks
Austin American-Statesman

Longhorns need to sit McCoy
Dallas Morning News
Colt McCoy, a name seemingly plucked from the pages of a Louis L'Amour novel, is as tough as a rodeo cowboy. No questions exist about his intestinal fortitude. Not after the physical beatings we saw him take last season against Kansas State and Texas A&M. And certainly not after the pounding we watched him absorb in last weekend's embarrassing 41-21 home loss to Kansas State. That's why Mack Brown needs to sit the redshirt sophomore this week – to ensure McCoy has all of the time he needs to completely recover from symptoms of a mild concussion he experienced Saturday.

UT stresses protection
Dallas Morning News
Dallas Griffin felt Colt McCoy's pain. As Texas prepared for its AT&T Red River Rivalry meeting Saturday with Oklahoma, Griffin vowed the offensive line would do a better job protecting McCoy.

OU offense cools a bit
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma's offense was so unbelievably dominant through four games that it was hard to fathom how it could improve. But to a man, the Sooners believed they could top their non-conference offensive output that was leading the nation in scoring average at 61.5 points per game. Then came the Big 12 opener Saturday at Colorado.

OU's Kelly is eager to rebound
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma junior Malcolm Kelly, one of the top receivers in the Big 12, said he's frustrated. And that's not good news for Texas.

Red-faced Rivalry as UT, OU enter game humbled
San Antonio Express-News
Linebacker Scott Derry has experienced a lot of things at Texas. He was there for the Longhorns' first Rose Bowl title in 2004, and Derry had a career-high nine tackles last year to help UT defeat Oklahoma for the second-straight year. This latest adventure, however, is a new one — and not nearly as warm and fuzzy as the others. Derry calls it a "crossroads" for the No. 19 Longhorns as they head into Saturday's matchup with the 10th-ranked Sooners in Dallas.

Sooners may have lost their chance at title
San Antonio Express-News
The Red River Rivalry took a big hit in terms of national significance after both Texas and Oklahoma lost last week. Even as painful as the Longhorns' demoralizing loss to Kansas State might have been, the Sooners lost more in their fourth-quarter meltdown at Colorado. OU's 27-24 loss likely cost it a shot at a national championship.

McCoy returns with simplified plan
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas will change its offensive approach for Saturday's showdown against Oklahoma. But not its starting quarterback.

Orakpo could give UT defense a boost
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Duane Akina, Texas' co-defensive coordinator, said Monday he is "encouraged" about the possibility of adding defensive end Brian Orakpo to the lineup for Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

Bottom line for Sooners is they were outplayed
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Was it all too easy, those first four runaway victories that left many of the Oklahoma starting players watching a good portion of the fourth quarter from the sidelines? Were they not ready for a competitive fourth quarter at Colorado?

Keeping McCoy on his feet
Houston Chronicle
Nobody feels worse about Texas quarterback Colt McCoy suffering a mild concussion against Kansas State than left tackle Tony Hills. Until you ask center Dallas Griffin.

McCoy, Texas taking hard hits
Daily Texan
Colt McCoy wasn't alone on Saturday when he felt concussion-like symptoms. His head coach gave him some company. After Texas' 41-21 loss to Kansas State this past weekend at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Texas coach Mack Brown had his own case of bad headaches.

Sooners' Johnson returning to old self
Oklahoman
Oklahoma receiver Juaquin Iglesias hears the questions on a weekly basis, mostly from family. "Where's Manny?" they ask. "When's Manny gonna get the ball?" So far, Manuel — or Manny — Johnson has barely been a blip on the OU stat sheet. Five catches for 26 yards. One more catch than fourth-string running back Mossis Madu and one more yard than Johnson himself has passed for this season. So where is Manny?

OU football notebook
Oklahoman

Tough times in Austin
Norman Transcript
Usually an Oklahoma loss is greeted with cheers and laughter south of the Red River. But it was hard to notice last Saturday. Texas had its own problems to deal with. And for a program that has been a mainstay in the top 10 for the last decade, they are numerous.

Kelly a focus
Norman Transcript
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and quarterback Sam Bradford all expressed a level of frustration with not being able to get wide receiver Malcolm Kelly the ball last Saturday against Colorado. Kelly was frustrated, too, but said he put it all behind him Monday.

Football recruiting

Rex Burkhead Talks Recruiting
InsideTexas.com
It's a tough task to find an athlete that can play multiple positions without losing a step, but that is exactly what Plano's Rex Burkhead brings to the football field. Burkhead already has two offers on the table and is hearing from schools all over the country. He talked recruiting with Inside Texas.

Joel Gray Takes in Austin
InsideTexas.com
Last weekend wasn't one of the brightest spots in Texas' young season, but the outcome didn't matter to Joel Gray. The Lewisville Hebron offensive lineman wanted to get a taste of game day at the 40 Acres, and that is exactly what he got. He talked about his visit to UT.

Alumni

Coming home
Daily Texan
When Longhorn fans see old clips of Vince Young on television, he's usually scoring the final touchdown in the 2005 National Championship Rose Bowl game or pointing to the crowd afterward, confetti swirling around his statuesque figure. These images haven't left their memories or the film banks at ESPN. And when they do flash across the screen, they evoke powerful feelings of elation and the purest form of happiness for those who bleed burnt orange. But what about the man inside the TV set?

'The Spy Game'
Daily Texan
Darrell K. Royal was mad, and who could blame him? He'd just learned that Oklahoma had spies watching the team's closed practices. The Sooners' coach, Barry Switzer, was a perfect 5-0 against Royal, and they were about to meet again in Dallas for the annual rivalry game. Royal told the media what he thought was going on, and the next day he referred to OU's coaching staff as "sorry bastards." All because of a painter that wasn't and an intense rivalry that always will be.

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