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Norman Invasion
InsideTexas.com
Though the national luster of the Texas-OU game has faded a bit with each team suffering a loss in its respective Big 12 opener, the rivalry remains just as intense as the Longhorns and Sooners descend upon Dallas and Texas faces the Norman Invasion for the 102nd time in each teams' storied history.

Texas-OU trophy no steal
Austin American-Statesman
Pity the Golden Hat. It is the trophy awarded to the winner of one of the biggest, fiercest rivalries in college football, the Texas-Oklahoma game. Yet, the Golden Hat has never been captured the way the Little Brown Jug was by Minnesota in 1903. It has never been carjacked by a bunch of frat boys as UCLA's Victory Bell was in 1941. It has no music video like the oft-stolen Monon Bell, which goes to the winner of Wabash College and DePauw University's match. No one stands guard over the Golden Hat, as R.O.T.C. members do with the Bronze Boot that is awarded to the victor of the Colorado State-Wyoming game.

Stoops, Brown polar opposites
Austin American-Statesman
Count up the national championships. Circle the number of All-Americans. Figure up the conference titles, the records, the number of interceptions Chris Simms threw or the touchdown passes that Texas' Roy Williams never caught in this rivalry. Take any measurement you like. Any comparisons between the overall football programs at Oklahoma and Texas — of late — come down to one monumental difference. Accountability. Bob Stoops demands it. Mack Brown requests it.

Brown on the defensive
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown found himself playing a bit of defense against the home team Thursday at the Austin Longhorn Club's weekly luncheon at the Erwin Center. Brown was greeted by a short standing ovation but then was hit by pointed questions:

UT players given sobering lesson
Dallas Morning News
During his 35 years as a college coach, Mack Brown has learned the hard way about the need to be equal parts reactive and proactive. After Texas player Cole Pittman died in a February 2001 auto accident while en route to Austin from Shreveport, La., Brown instituted a policy that whenever Longhorns are out of town they must remain in contact with coaches and family members.

Players' legal woes wear on Longhorns
Dallas Morning News
Brown, university examine ways to keep athletes on right side of the law after summer of arrests

Q&A with UT coach Mack Brown
Dallas Morning News
Texas-OU is an elimination game, all right, but for more than just the Big 12 title.

UT's Lewis, ex-Cowboy Hennings cross paths
Dallas Morning News
When Chad and Tammy Hennings welcome Jerry and Debby Lewis into their Dallas home this week to celebrate the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma, the circle will be complete. It was in the Hennings' study, a little more than three years ago, that Jerry and Debby's son, Aaron, a junior defensive end at Texas, called Longhorns coach Mack Brown and committed to playing for UT.

Stoops no longer walking on water
San Antonio Express-News
Bob Stoops used to be a coaching rock star. A national championship in his second season made Stoops the embodiment of a coaching visionary. Every athletic director looked for "the next Stoops" when filling a vacancy. NFL teams beckoned him to leave Oklahoma behind. Those stories aren't being heard as much now as four or five years ago. Stoops is a solid coach piloting one of college football's most consistent powers. He's taken his team to Big 12 championships and Bowl Championship Series games. But does he still have the incandescence of Bruce Springsteen with a whistle? Probably not.

UT's Acho makes the grade
San Antonio Express-News
Acho, who returns to his hometown for Saturday's Red River Rivalry game against Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl, saw playing time early this season after starting end Brian Orakpo injured his right knee in UT's season opener against Arkansas State. In Acho's first play of his career against TCU, he sacked quarterback Andy Dalton. On the sidelines afterward, nose tackle Derek Lokey told Acho, "Congratulations, but it's not always that easy." Even still, Acho hasn't slowed down much. He batted down balls on consecutive plays against Rice, each with his big right hand.

Oklahoma's defense is under the gun
San Antonio Express-News
It was the kind of lesson that normally isn't repeated very often around Oklahoma's defense. But after watching his unit wear down in a disappointing loss to Colorado last week, OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables made a big effort to remind his team of a basic lesson as it prepares for its game Saturday against Texas.

Remembering McEachern's magical game
San Antonio Express-News
Thirty years ago in Dallas, a dream unfolded for the Texas Longhorns. Unranked to start the 1977 season, UT entered its annual rivalry raid against Oklahoma as the No. 5 team in the country looking to end a seven-year drought against the Sooners. And the Longhorns did, wrestling for a 13-6 victory. But that's not really the dream part. The dream part is that UT snapped its losing streak against OU and then went on to play for a national title, with their third-string quarterback Randy McEachern calling the plays.

Nothing rivals this
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas-Oklahoma rivalry transcends rankings, records, bowl hopes and spying

Turning over a new leaf?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
If the numbers applied to the federal government rather than a college football team, they would be cited as an example of deficit spending. For members of the Texas defense, the unsightly statistics underscore a problem that must be corrected Saturday for the 19th-ranked Longhorns (4-1) to avoid an 0-2 start in the Big 12.

Games help Sooners DT cope with grief of loss
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Gerald McCoy coped with the mid-summer loss of his mother until a couple of days before Oklahoma's season-opening game with North Texas.

Texas WRs vs. Oklahoma DBs
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Big shame precedes big game
Houston Chronicle
OK, so Texas and Oklahoma aren't graduating their football players. This doesn't qualify as shocking news.

Colt not back in saddle yet
Daily Texan

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

Texas battling its demons
Tulsa World
Heard the joke going around Oklahoma about Texas' new slogan? "Book 'em Horns." Or how about the new line of prison jumpsuits -- they now come in burnt orange. Of course, one state's punchline is another's punch in the conscience. And the Texas Longhorns, with seven arrests since June 1, have taken a beating.

Mental challenge
Tulsa World
Brent Venables calls the Colt McCoy who beat his Oklahoma defense last October "Superman." One year later, the Texas quarterback isn't exactly a bumbling Clark Kent, but the fact that he's thrown more interceptions (nine) than touchdown passes (eight) suggests someone has slipped him some Kryptonite.

Stopping Charles is key for Sooners
Tulsa World
Oklahoma better hope Charles in Charge remains nothing more than a 1980s television sitcom instead of a repeat episode of what turned out to be the Sooners' own Rocky Horror Picture Show last Saturday.

OU Notebook: Think, then run
Tulsa World
OU has a chance to put a dent in Saturday's game against Texas on special teams. The Sooners are fifth nationally with a 28.5-yard kickoff return average. The Longhorns are 89th nationally and 11th in the Big 12 in kickoff coverage.

When Texas has the ball
Oklahoman

When the Sooners have the ball
Oklahoman

Breakout player: Jermichael Finley
Oklahoman

Breakout player: Manuel Johnson
Oklahoman

Switzer says pressure's always on Sooners
Norman Transcript
Barry Switzer guided Oklahoma through 16 Red River Rivalry contests from 1973-88. Now the former Sooner coach is giving his opinions for a living. Switzer, who turns 70 today, works as a college football analyst for XM Satellite Radio, but still remembers the pressure surrounding an OU-Texas game.

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