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Moral Victory?
Changes on defense, Charles' gaffs, Jermichael Finley's breakout half, his subsequent disappearance and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from Texas' 28-21 loss to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Game Report Cards
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' 28-21 loss to Oklahoma.

Texas has a few bright spots ahead
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas streaks stayed alive Sunday. And the news that the Longhorns remained ranked for another week was a bit of solace for a 4-2 team, still smarting after a 28-21 loss to Oklahoma and looking for any positives at midseason.

Longhorns played well ...
Austin American-Statesman
Before the nitpicking begins — and there has to be some because moral victories counted only in the John Mackovic era — here's a well-deserved salute to the Longhorns. They played hard. They played tough. They played well. Just not well enough, not against a 10th-ranked Oklahoma team that we're betting will be the Big 12's best by December and could still crack the BCS title game.

History says Horns can rebound
Dallas Morning News
For the Texas players, the remainder of this season isn't about their tenuous hold on a national ranking. Or even which city serves as their postseason destination. "I don't care if we go to the Swamp Bowl," defensive end Brian Orakpo said after Texas' 28-21 loss to Oklahoma. Players are most concerned with how the team comes together.

UT wants to relocate turnovers
San Antonio Express-News
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy refused to acknowledge that it was the biggest play of the game, leading to Oklahoma's eventual 28-21 victory on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. But just after Oklahoma had driven 94 yards to score its game-winning touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter, the Longhorns appeared to be building a drive of their own. McCoy quickly hit Quan Cosby for a 15-yard completion. On the next play, McCoy scrambled left out of the pocket and found Jamaal Charles open in the flat with little behind him but the end zone. But the high pass went through Charles' hands and into those of OU safety Reggie Smith.

Fooled again — how Jamaal once looked better than he is
San Antonio Express-News
I was wrong. I thought Jamaal Charles would be a star. I should have known better.

Down days are becoming all too familiar for Texas football fans
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The rivalry lived up to expectations. The Texas Longhorns lived down to theirs.

Texas must play with same passion shown against OU
Daily Texan
The play was long over when Oklahoma defensive end Auston English worked his way around Tony Hills and leveled Colt McCoy in the first quarter of Saturday's always-ugly rivalry game. Inexplicably, English wasn't flagged and the Sooners were gifted a free shot at McCoy. And Mack Brown was hat-throwing, arms-waving, jaw-flapping mad. Brown's spirit seemed to carry over to the entire team and, in defeat, the Longhorns looked as good as they've looked in a while. They did it with passion and effort, and it's hard to be critical of them today.

Football recruiting

Back From The Bayou 5-star defensive end Chancey Aghayere (6-3, 230, 4.7) is a big college football fan and on Saturday night he got a treat when he took his official visit to LSU.

Cy Ridge QB focused on team first
Cy Ridge's Russell Shepard is one whose stock rises every week. He is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks from the Class of 2009. While he leads his team to victory, college recruiters are steadily impressed with his abilities as an athlete. Because of this, Shepard has pulled in offer No. 8. TPI caught up with the junior signal caller after a 51-35 win over Cy Falls in Week 5.

Massive Rosenberg OL likes A&M, Texas and LSU
The college coaches like size more than anything else in their players, especially on the line. Of course, quick feet, quickness and strength all come into the equation but the axiom is "you can't coach height". Well Terry's Blake Reid is 6-foot-7 and over 300 pounds, he is one large lineman. He is getting interest from all the big schools out there.


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