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Football

Texas Tech Preview: Air Raid
InsideTexas.com
The Longhorns have managed to come back in dramatic fashion the past two weeks, but have also given up a lot of yards, and points, in the process. Now, the beleaguered Texas pass defense must face the aerial show that is the Red Raiders of Texas Tech in a game that could decide the Horns' bowl, or even BCS, fate.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
The Longhorns are 8-2, but how long will they be able to keep up their winning ways? The high-flying Red Raiders are coming into town. Will the statistically terrible Texas pass D be able to stop them? What are the keys to the game? Also, a BCS bowl may be within reach, but does Texas deserve the bid? All that and more on the Inside Texas Podcast!

Texas Tech brings its aerial show to Austin
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorn defense will remember what Graham Harrell is capable of doing.

QBs galore in the Big 12
Austin American-Statesman
But who's the best of them all?

Injured Jones, Kelson to miss game
Austin American-Statesman

Ask the beat writers: Questions on John Chiles, the Longhorn defense and offensive line depth
Austin American-Statesman

Winning is deep in the heart of Texas
Dallas Morning News
I got some e-mails right at the end of Texas' 21-point comeback at Oklahoma State last week. They talked about egg on my face, crow I needed to eat, how I had been too critical of the Texas program this year. I wondered if they had watched the same game I had. But here's the bottom line: Texas has heart. This team plays for its coach. The Longhorns found a way to win.

Texas' Kindle probable; Norton questionable
Dallas Morning News

An ever-increasing role for Texas Tech's Duncan
Dallas Morning News
LB Duncan has been a surprise for Tech - on the field and on stage

Longhorns mum on Texas Tech plan
San Antonio Express-News
Roddrick Muckleroy wasn't budging. No way. Asked if Texas had done anything differently in practice or added an extra defensive wrinkle or two to help contain Texas Tech's potent pass attack, Muckleroy innocently shook his head. "You'll have to wait and see on Saturday," the 6-foot-2 linebacker said.

Friend's advice helps spur Charles
San Antonio Express-News
After gaining a season-low 44 yards against Iowa State and only 56 yards the next week against Baylor, Texas running back Jamaal Charles had a conversation with an old friend. Loosely translated, the friend said to Charles, "What the hell are you doing? You're hitting the holes soft."

Tech seeking sweep success in upcoming games with UT, OU
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In order for Texas Tech to get where it wants to be in the Big 12, all roads lead through Texas and Oklahoma.

Texas Tech vs. Texas Game Page
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Texas, Texas Tech meet to decide best team in the state
Daily Toreador
In 2006, Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell's performance was good, but not good enough to defeat the No. 5 Longhorns. In the first half of the 2006 matchup against the Longhorns, Harrell threw for 519 yards and three touchdowns. All three of Harrell's touchdown passes and 364 of his 519 yards came in the first half, but Texas won 35-31. This season, Harrell will look for the same type of performance in hopes of leading the Red Raiders (7-3, 3-3 in Big 12 Conference) to their first victory over No. 15 Texas (8-2, 4-2) on the road in 10 years.

Football recruiting

Alex Okafor: Focused on Sr. Season
InsideTexas.com
Thus far in the 2008 class, Texas has failed to secure a commitment from a defensive end prospect. This position could be key for the Longhorns in '09 and Pflugerville's Alex Okafor is proving to be one of the best in the state. He already has two Big 12 offers and a couple of schools from the Southeast have started showing big time interest.

Women's hoops

Dawn of a new era in women's basketball
Daily Texan
The moment fans have been waiting for has arrived. This Sunday marks the first official game of the Gail Goestenkors era. The No. 22 Longhorns, led by captains Earnesia Williams and Brittainey Raven, will host Missouri State at 2 p.m. at the Erwin Center.

Point guard left, then returned to Texas
Associated Press
Gail Goestenkors had just settled in from the whirlwind of becoming the new head coach at Texas when she got her first piece of bad news. Sophomore Carla Cortijo, the Longhorns' only point guard, was leaving. Missing her family in her native Puerto Rico, Cortijo said she was going to join their move to New York City and would transfer to St. John's.

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Trio take UT program to new heights
San Antonio Express-News
The Longhorns, who host rival Texas A&M at Gregory Gym tonight, are third in the nation in the latest AVCA/CSTV coaches poll — the highest ranking for the program since UT was also ranked No. 3 in 1996.

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