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Tony Hills Out for Season
Texas senior offensive tackle Tony Hills has played his last down in Burnt Orange. Hills sustained a fibula fracture to his lower left leg during Texas' 59-43 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday and is out for the season.

Creating a 'Surge' of Their Own
A broken leg, a whiney coach, a double spin move and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from Texas' 59-43 win over Texas Tech.

Poll Report: The Race for No. 1
It's a scramble for No. 1! With Ohio State falling to Illinois, there are as many as nine or ten teams with a legitimate claim to the top spot in college football. Meanwhile, the BCS hopes for the Texas Longhorns get just a little brighter each week, moving up one more spot in the standings.

Texas offense is hogging the ball
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas offense, on track to be one of the top three units in school history, was extraordinarily hog-like in its 59-43 victory Saturday over Texas Tech. The Longhorns were on the field for 92 snaps against the Red Raiders. That's the third-highest total for a single game in school history. And it's the second time this season Texas has achieved at least 90 plays in a game.

Hobbled Horns are juggling linemen
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coach Mack Brown said Monday that staffers are "looking at what to do" as a long-term replacement for left tackle Tony Hills, who suffered a season-ending leg injury Saturday against Texas Tech.

Bowl system will again test someone's nerves
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Like many pre-teens, the Big 12 Conference fluctuates between being a straight-A student and being a troublemaker. The 12-year-old league is headed for another parents meeting in the principal's office. And that would be the Bowl Championship Series. The Big 12 has a history of being in the middle of some of the most heated BCS debates. This season, the Big 12 could either be the beneficiary or the victim of the BCS' foibles.

Men's hoops

Defense gets it done
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant announced in April that he was leaving Texas for the NBA, and the Longhorns immediately crouched into a defensive stance. They have yet to stand up and take a breath. The Longhorns, playing without their 26-points-a-game scorer, have adopted defense as their identity this season. That approach showed at both ends of the court on Monday.

Horns expecting inside help
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant doesn't live here anymore. Time to get over it. Fact is, the Texas Longhorns will be fun to watch this season, but they will need help from their interior personnel if they are to finish in the top 10 come March.

Defense sets tone in UT men's win
Dallas Morning News
Kevin Durant accounted for 31.6 percent of 15th-ranked Texas' offense last season. On Monday night, it seemed like 90 percent. In the Longhorns' season opening 58-37 win over Texas-San Antonio at the Erwin Center, points seemed to be scored by the hour. But coach Rick Barnes, who prizes defense over everything, was happy to see his team hold the Roadrunners to 26.7 percent shooting.

UT puts away pesky UTSA
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Rick Barnes has promised all preseason that his young team would be a work in progress. And that was apparent Monday against UTSA — the Roadrunners drained 3-pointers, bulled for rebounds and, for the entire first half, had the 16th-ranked Longhorns on the ropes. But Barnes also said his team would defend and rebound — or "we'll die tryin'" — and that also was apparent. UT limited the Roadrunners to just 18 second-half points to pull away for a 58-37 season-opening victory at the Erwin Center.

UT overcomes poor aim, downs UTSA in opener
Houston Chronicle
Ahead by only three points in the second half, No. 16 Texas was greeted with taunts of "overrated" from a small group of Texas-San Antonio fans at the Erwin Center. Texas basketball A.D. — as in After Durant — will take some getting used to.

Roadrunners tripped up by UT
Daily Texan
The Longhorns began Monday night's contest looking like a team that hadn't played a real game in 239 days. Of course that's exactly what they were, and Texas overcame its slow start to win 58-37 over UT-San Antonio.

Barnes-coached squad better prepared, more worthy than Wildcats, Trojans
Daily Texan
Without playing a game, Texas fell one spot to No. 16 in the AP poll released Monday. While that night's 21-point win in the season opener didn't prove much - what's there to prove against UTSA? - at least the Longhorns didn't go the way of USC and Kentucky, who both dropped their openers to previously unheard of schools.

Abrams finds stroke late in contest against UTSA, finishes with 11 points
Daily Texan
After missing the first game of his college career, A.J. Abrams needed over 30 minutes to knock the rust off. The Longhorns opened their season with a 58-37 defeat of Texas-San Antonio, but Abrams struggled to find his rhythm before finishing with 11 points in 26 minutes.

Horns nearly flawless from free-throw line
Daily Texan
While the Longhorns struggled in shooting all night, they found a steady rhythm at the free-throw line-making 13 of 14 attempts.


That 'other' Young faring quite well, too
Denver Post
Selvin Young won't quit running. The unknown and unloved running back scored a touchdown and rushed for more than 100 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. Those were the 18th and 19th of the 35 goals he set to paper for this season.


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