Tuesday Longhorn Sports Page

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Is Charles in the 'Zone'?
Was RB Jamaal Charles' record-setting performance against Nebraska an anomaly against a bad run defense or a harbinger of things to come? Should Texas have used more Zone Read plays prior to the decisive fourth-quarter turnaround? What can we expect in Stillwater Saturday?

Nebraska Game Report Cards
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' 28-25 win over Nebraska.

Cowboy blitzes might dampen UT run attack
Austin American-Statesman
Who knows what the Longhorns will use when they travel to Oklahoma State.

BOHLS: Horns have yet to stand up and say 'We are Texas'
Austin American-Statesman
So we're nine games deep into the college football season, and Texas has finally established an identity. It has none.

Notebook: Charles, Bailey honored; not fazed by boo-birds
Austin American-Statesman

Texas coach Brown takes on scrutiny
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown came out firing at the media and fans Monday when asked about his team's performance in a 28-25 victory at home against Nebraska in which the Longhorns fell behind, 17-3, in the third quarter and heard boos from UT fans.

Zone-read helps UT find success in running game
San Antonio Express-News
With the Texas offense stuck in neutral, garnering just nine points after three quarters and showing no consistent ability to run or throw the ball against Nebraska, the fans at Royal-Memorial Stadium voiced their opinions. They started booing.

Tougher Longhorns winning over Brown
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In a season marked by on-field struggles and off-field arrests, Texas coach Mack Brown said the Longhorns' recent displays of mental toughness have him "starting to like this team for the first time all year."

Texas? BCS? Well, maybe
Houston Chronicle
The Longhorns have a fighting chance of gaining a big-time bowl bid if they finish their season with three straight wins

Stay calm
Daily Texan
Don't expect Texas coach Mack Brown to handle things quite the same way Mike Gundy did. We all remember when Gundy lashed out at Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson after he read her story on former starting quarterback Bobby Reid. Everyone seemed to understand why he did, but most felt he went about it the wrong way. While Brown has been labeled a "players" coach from many of the Texas athletes, he would handle things a bit differently.

Okie State looks like a new team
Waco Tribune-Herald
When Oklahoma State limped home from Troy, Ala., seven weeks ago with a 41-23 loss to the Trojans and a 1-2 record, the Cowboys looked like they were done. Just phone it in and start getting ready for 2008. But as you flip the calendar to November, look who's sitting at the top of the Big 12 South standings, tied with Oklahoma at 3-1.

Longhorns are nothing more than ordinary
Texas may have stumbled onto something Saturday. Back onto something. Caught in an unexpected struggle with Nebraska, with quarterback Colt McCoy knocked temporarily out of the game, the Longhorns turned to an old asset: The zone option read, with backup quarterback John Chiles providing the initial spark. Almost immediately, UT went all Vince Young-era retro, rolling up 248 of its 364 rushing yards in the final quarter and pulling out a 28-25 win after trailing 17-3 at one point in the second half. Now heading to Stillwater, could it be that the Longhorns have rediscovered an old weapon as a highlight to their resurgence?

Why Cowboys' turnaround? They win the close games
Come back with me, Cowboy fans, to a time long, long ago. Or at least a time that seems long, long ago. September 14. Oklahoma State went to Troy that Friday night. Remember that? Remember the way the Cowboys bumbled and stumbled and the Trojans dominated and decimated? Even the most positive Poke had doubts after that. The Cowboys had lost two of their first three games and had looked bad doing it. Would they make a bowl? Heck, would they even manage to win four or five games? That was less than seven weeks ago. Now, the Cowboys are riding high, winners of four of their last five and honest to goodness contenders in the Big 12 South. They are eyeing a statement win with a highly ranked but vulnerable Texas team coming to town Saturday.

Pokes now ready for 'big time'
Tulsa World
Oklahoma State wasn't ready for the "big time" in the season opener at Georgia. Are the Cowboys ready now?

Foot soldiers
Tulsa World
Driven by its dynamic ground game, Oklahoma State has surged into contention for the Big 12 South title.

Cowboys look to slow down Longhorns' talented tailback
Daily O'Collegian
When Oklahoma State hosts the Texas Longhorns in its biggest game of the season thus far, the defense will face one of its greatest challenges in slowing down junior running back Jamaal Charles.

Football Recruiting

Two New Offers for ‘Shep'
Everything seems to be looking up for Cypress Ridge quarterback Russell Shepard. He has been shredding defenses since his sophomore season and was recently named one of 10 five-star prospects for the class of 2009. With Recruiting in full swing, Shepard is hearing from just about every major program in the country and picked up two new offers recently.


Postcard from Texas
It's 45 minutes after last Thursday's practice, Boston College-Virginia Tech football is on the training-room TV -- no one in this college sports cocoon, apparently, is interested in Game 2 of the World Series -- and Longhorns guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams are caught up in their own banter.

Longhorns lose backup point guard
Austin American-Statesman
Dogus Balbay, the backup point guard for coach Rick Barnes' Longhorns, will undergo surgery for an unspecified injury to his right knee today. He will be out indefinitely. Balbay, a freshman from Istanbul, Turkey, was injured while playing in a pickup game with teammates on Oct. 4, eight days before practice officially began.

Women's hoops

Cortijo, Goestenkors together after all
Austin American-Statesman
How the new coach was able to keep her point guard despite plans to transfer.

Cortijo ready to step up and lead young team
Daily Texan
New coach Gail Goestenkors has mandated that starting point guard Carla Cortijo become more vocal.


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