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Orakpo Cleared to Play Against OU
Brian Orakpo had already been listed as a starter against Oklahoma on the Monday depth chart, but on Tuesday the medical staff officially cleared the junior defense end to play.

The Inside Texas Podcast
What is going wrong on the 40 Acres? On this episode of the podcast, Inside Texas' Ross and Ross discuss the reasons behind Texas' 41-21 loss to Kansas State and what needs to change...but will it happen? Who needs to shape up? Who needs to go? Why is there no leadership on this team? How much of Texas' success really was due to Vince Young? All that and much more.

Culpepper's Commentary: Kansas State Game
Former walk-ons out-playing sure to be NFL players and an opposing coaching staff determined not to let their team commit the same errors that cost them a game are good places to start when trying to understand why Texas lost by 20 points, at home, with everything to be gained by a victory.

Sweed, Kelly need to play tall, not small like last week
Austin American-Statesman
Two big bodies, both physical specimens, playing on opposite ends of the field Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. Each has something to prove.

From great unknown to latest of greatest
Austin American-Statesman
OU quarterback Bradford is coming along nicely.

Orakpo returns
Austin American-Statesman
On Saturday, Longhorns defensive end Brian Orakpo should see his first action since spraining a knee in the season opener against Arkansas State.

UT defense plays follow the leader
Dallas Morning News
The words were part advice, part criticism. Vince Young earned the right to speak his mind by doing what no Texas quarterback had done since James Street, and performing like no quarterback ever had in a national title game. Last weekend, he suggested the current Longhorns need a dose of leadership. "This team right here has all the talent in the world," Young said Saturday. "They just need to pull together." But where will the leadership come from?

UT's Foster familiar with game's spotlight
Dallas Morning News
Brandon Foster has witnessed the star-making potential of the AT&T Red River Rivalry. Last season, Texas teammate Aaron Ross recovered a botched lateral for a touchdown and added two interceptions. He went on to win the Jim Thorpe Award and later became a first-round NFL draft pick. If Foster needed a reminder, he got it Sunday when Ross, with the New York Giants, called him. Ross' advice: stay focused and play within yourself.

'Poor planning' takes toll on OU
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and the Sooners are trying to do too much on offense and they must regroup going into Saturday's showdown against Texas.

Don't hang the 'L' solely on the 'D'
San Antonio Express-News
Straight from The Thoughts Out of Left Field Department … Yes, without question, Texas has many, many things to fix before even trying to think about being competitive on Saturday with Oklahoma. In fact, coach Mack Brown says the list includes about five or six objectives, and cleaning up about 90 yards worth of missed tackles against Kansas State is one of them. But -- and here's the left field part -- maybe UT's defense isn't what really needs fixing after that Kansas State disaster.

UT's McCoy aims to repeat '06 game
San Antonio Express-News
McCoy will return Saturday to the Cotton Bowl, site of his ceremonious freshman feast. In the apex moment of his UT career, McCoy tossed two touchdown passes in the second half to help the Longhorns defeat Oklahoma for the second-straight season. Now, the Longhorns go for three in a row against OU in the wake of McCoy's career-bottom — a four-interception fiasco that saw him leave the game early with a concussion as Kansas State rolled to a 20-point victory.

UT-OU Notebook
San Antonio Express-News

UT pass rusher says he's '100 percent'
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo participated in contact drills Tuesday for the first time in almost five weeks and declared himself at "100 percent" for Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

Sophomore has 'weird' links to Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Many of the players from the state of Texas, on both sides of the ball Saturday, know each other. Some played against each other. Some played together. But Oklahoma sophomore tackle Trent Williams has more than one interesting connection to Longhorn players.

Kelly ready to make good on decision to go to OU
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
No-news flash: Oklahoma receiver Malcolm Kelly was frustrated by his no-catch performance in the Sooners' loss at Colorado.

Texas DL vs. Oklahoma OL
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Hint of desperation in the air
Houston Chronicle
As a high-rolling team humbled by its loss to Colorado, OU tries to shore up its shortcomings to avoid a repeat to UT

4 stories of the Texas-OU rivalry that fans (and players) should know ...
Daily Texan

Sooners trying to find pass rush that vanished
Oklahoma's defense desperately needed a sack to curb Colorado's furious comeback last weekend. But OU never got one.

A crisis of confidence?
Norman Transcript
Oklahoma likes to say it never beats its chest and it doesn't. But those chests are usually stuck out a little bit in a show of pride. Winning, and winning big, has that effect. But how is the Sooners' psyche after last Saturday's 27-24 loss to Colorado? More importantly, what will it be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when No. 10 OU (4-1, 0-1 Big 12) faces No. 19 Texas (4-1, 0-1) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Sooners have a question to answer
Norman Transcript
It's a game of inches. That seems to be last Saturday's lesson, the day Oklahoma's national title hopes appeared to evaporate into the thin air of the Rocky Mountains. Juaquin Iglesias was open over the middle, "in the seam" as Bob Stoops described Tuesday, right where they wanted him, but Sam Bradford's pass was inches too far forward. Iglesias tipped it, a Buffalo caught it, and the snowball did nothing but gather speed the rest of the second half. If the question afterward was how it happened, the answer, even three days later, seems to be, well, these things just happen.

Wilson says black eye is his, not team's
Tulsa World
Perhaps Oklahoma offensive coordinator should be known as Kevin "Accountability" Wilson. As of Tuesday, the nickname certainly fits. In a 20-minute press conference, Wilson repeatedly blamed himself for the offensive problems the Sooners encountered in last Saturday's 27-24 loss at Colorado.

With OU next, Texas desperate for a win
Associated Press
The Texas Longhorns head into October in desperate need of a win. That's because if they lose to Oklahoma in Dallas next week, the Holiday or Alamo bowls are looking like the best they can do this year.

Coaches play key role in Red River Rivalry
The Red River Rivalry lost a good chunk of its national luster last weekend when Oklahoma and Texas each took one on the chin. Bob Stoops and Mack Brown both probably felt sorry for themselves for all of 30 seconds once their games with Colorado and Kansas State were over — and they probably wouldn't admit even that.


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