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Time for Texas to Get Defensive
Greg Davis-bashers can take a week off. It's time to ask questions about a Texas defense that continues to miss tackles and allows opposing QBs to look like Tom Brady.

Oklahoma State Game Report Cards
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' 38-35 win over Oklahoma State.

Dallas Griffin Out for Season
Texas center Dallas Griffin's career at Texas is done after the senior sustained an ACL tear in the Longhorn's 38-35 win over Oklahoma State. Safety Drew Kelson, who also suffered a knee injury in the game, will miss at least two weeks.

Conner's Burnt Orange Glasses: Oklahoma State
Jeff Conner's commentary on the Horns' 38-35 win over the Cowboys.

Texas loses center to a knee injury
Austin American-Statesman
Defense may get back some injured players in time for Texas Tech

Brown bothered by fans
Austin American-Statesman
Texas coach Mack Brown called on college football officials to take action to ensure the safety of fans and players after games, recounting how his Longhorns were pelted with bottles and other objects Saturday after the comeback win at Oklahoma State.

Texas has experienced the best and worst over the past two games
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns gained more than 1,100 in total offense, but allowed almost as many yards on defense

Texas' Griffin, Kelson to miss game with Tech
Dallas Morning News
Texas senior center Dallas Griffin is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He will be replaced by sophomore Chris Hall of Irving and redshirt freshman Buck Burnette. Senior safety Drew Kelson, a defensive back in the dime package (when Texas plays six DBs), will miss Saturday's game against Texas Tech with a left knee sprain.

Determined Longhorns still in BCS hunt
Dallas Morning News
Texas is the Forrest Gump of college football. The 15th-ranked Longhorns aren't great, aren't sexy, as their coach said last week. They've just been bumping along, mostly in the background, but have been able to rise up in the right places at the right times.

Leach: Woods out for Texas Tech's final two games
Dallas Morning News
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said Monday that junior running back Shannon Woods, the starter the last two seasons, would remain on the scout team and won't play in the last two regular-season games against Texas and Oklahoma.

Last-quarter comebacks taking their toll
San Antonio Express-News
The eye black had long been washed away from under Colt McCoy's eyes. Not by soap and water, mind you, but sweat, and probably a few tears. Just minutes before, McCoy and the Texas Longhorns walked off the field at Boone Pickens Stadium with a stunning 38-35 victory against Oklahoma State, and for the second week in a row, the Longhorns needed a fourth-quarter surge to secure their comeback conquest. All of that — the 24 unanswered points against the Cowboys, the 19-8 fourth quarter against Nebraska — was taking its toll on McCoy.

UT loses 3 key players
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
At least three prominent Texas players are expected to miss Saturday's game against Texas Tech because of injuries sustained against Oklahoma State, coaches and players acknowledged Monday.

UT learns to respond late without panic
Houston Chronicle
Faced with a 14-point deficit in the final nine minutes Saturday at Oklahoma State, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy calmly walked to the huddle — in the Longhorns' end zone, by the way — and took his teammates back to a recurring theme of this season.

Griffin tears ACL, out for year
Daily Texan
After Texas' 38-35 comeback win over Oklahoma State on Saturday, center Dallas Griffin and lineman Chris Hall shared a hug. And a few tears.

Texas defense needs quick fix for Texas Tech
Associated Press
Cork the champagne and get back to work. Texas can't celebrate another comeback win very long. Not with Texas Tech up next. The No. 15 Longhorns must fix a pass defense that gave up 430 yards last week to Oklahoma State and allowed the Cowboys to build a big lead before the Longhorns rallied to a 38-35 victory.

Longhorns' RB Charles challenge for Tech defense
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Texas Tech interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill recruits the Gulf Coast area where Texas running back Jamaal Charles played high school ball. McNeill can relate to defensive players who haven't come close to Charles the last two weeks, because McNeill once made an aborted attempt to corral Charles, too. Trying to woo Charles out of Port Arthur Memorial was a lost cause.

Red Raiders get ready for climactic end of season
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
No one's making a movie about Texas Tech's football season, but if they were, the plot would line up properly. Maybe the two biggest games - certainly two of the most appealing - come right at the end. Though Tech is mostly out of the Big 12 Conference title chase, the Red Raiders still can make it a memorable season depending on how they fare the next two Saturdays, at No. 15 Texas and at home versus No. 4 Oklahoma.

Tech faces challenges in final 2 games
Daily Toreador
Texas and Oklahoma are high-profile games, but few teams face the task of playing them back-to-back as the season comes to a close. Texas Tech has that honor this season as it will travel Saturday to Austin to face No. 15 Texas and return home against No. 4 Oklahoma Nov. 17.

Football recruiting

The Race for Number One: Terrelle Pryor
Four players could easily make a case for the top prospect in the country. As it is Election Week around the country, each Scout.com staff member and their respective top prospect in the region, will make their case for why they should be number one. On Friday, a vote will be held for the fans to make their ultimate decision on who is the fan's choice for number one. Today we feature the top QB.

Ryan Roberson: Enjoying Strong Sr. Season
Brenham's Ryan Roberson is one of the most versatile recruits in the state of Texas. He has the ability to play both fullback and linebacker on the next level, but it doesn't matter to him where he plays as long as he is on the field. IT caught up with Roberson to get his current thoughts on Texas and his senior season.

McNeil's Williams a star of the game on the field, a student of the game off it
Austin American-Statesman
UT-bound DB puts in film, study time to prepare for Friday nights


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