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Longhorns Overwhelm UTEP
It may not have been pretty the whole way through, but the Longhorns still came out of El Paso with a blowout win over UTEP, 42-13. It was also a big night for senior receiver Quan Cosby, who racked up a total of 244 receiving and return yards in the win.

Horns take care of Mack's business in El Paso
Football coaches are fond of saying the most obvious improvement for a team each season comes between game one and game two. And specifically, Mack Brown said he wanted his team to make progress in five categories vs. UTEP Saturday night in El Paso.

Game Observations
Another curious fake, a linebacker standing above the rest, stats that don't line up, a new starting running back (should be, anyway) and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from the Longhorns' win over UTEP.

Poll Report: Texas at 8
The Texas Longhorns moved up to No. 8 in the AP and Coaches polls, jumping the Auburn Tigers and taking the spot vacated in each poll by West Virginia, who tumbled after an upset loss to East Carolina.

Texas turns aside UTEP 42-13
Austin American-Statesman
McCoy throws for four touchdowns as Longhorns win in El Paso.

Whittaker sends running game in a new direction
Austin American-Statesman
Texas found a leading rusher. And thankfully, it is someone other than its starting quarterback. After watching quarterback Colt McCoy lead all Texas backs with 103 yards rushing in the opener against Florida Atlantic, the Longhorns turned to a more conventional source of rushing yards, assuming the third-team tailback is conventional. Technically, redshirt freshman Fozzy Whittaker is the backup to sophomore Vondrell McGee, with senior Chris Ogbonnaya used as a third-down receiver and pass blocker. But Whittaker sure looked like the best back in a Texas uniform this early season as he made his long-awaited college debut after being on campus for more than 20 months.

UTEP gets 'A' for effort; UT gets the 'W,' 42-13
Dallas Morning News
UT-El Paso billed Saturday night's game against No. 10 Texas as its Super Bowl. And the Miners gave that kind of effort. But in the end, the Longhorns made it just another non-conference blowout as Texas pulled away in the second half for a 42-13 victory before a stadium-record crowd of 53,415 at the Sun Bowl.

Texas Longhorns' Foswhitt Whittaker sparkles in debut
Dallas Morning News
Texas' rushing offense was running on empty Saturday night against UTEP. That was before redshirt freshman Foswhitt Whittaker trotted onto the field for the first time.

Longhorns, McCoy too much for Miners
San Antonio Express-News
They were literally peering over the mountaintops to see this one. And it was better than advertised. With an overflow crowd of 53,415 crammed inside Sun Bowl Stadium, eager fans were forced to watch from the ridge of the nearby Franklin Mountains, and the Texas-El Paso Miners briefly rewarded their enthusiasm. The Miners played seemingly oblivious to their inevitable fate, unaware that they entered the game riding an eight-game losing streak to top-25 opponents. They brought vicious heat with blitzes, hit deep passes and ran through and around Texas defenders. The 10th-ranked Longhorns were forced to preserve their 42-13 victory late in the second half. And they needed offense and defense to do it.

UT freshman running back makes noise against UTEP
San Antonio Express-News
Texas cornerback Ryan Palmer says that you shouldn't believe Fozzy Whittaker. Don't believe the sheepishly shy freshman running back you see when the camera lights come on. On the practice field, in the locker room, Whittaker is downright loud, goofy — the fun-loving teammate everyone enjoys. "He's not quiet," Palmer said. The undefeated and eighth-ranked Longhorns hope that Whittaker can continue to make noise this weekend when they host the Arkansas Razorbacks. Texas (2-0) will meet Arkansas (2-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Colt McCoy leads Longhorns past UTEP
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy threw four touchdown passes Saturday and the 10th-ranked Longhorns' defense held a second consecutive opponent scoreless in the second half to record a 42-13 victory over UT-El Paso.

Texas' Whittaker finds his groove in El Paso
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Even after a year spent on the bench redshirting and three weeks walking around in a knee brace, Texas running back Fozzy Whittaker didn't appear to show any rust. In his first career game, Whittaker juked, scrambled and pushed his way for 72 yards on 12 carries during Texas' 42-13 win over UTEP on Saturday night.

McCoy throws 4 TDs as Texas routs UTEP 42-13
Houston Chronicle
The Longhorns' first visit to play UTEP was called historic. Texas made sure it wasn't memorable. Colt McCoy threw four touchdowns as the No. 10 Longhorns pulled away from pesky UTEP in the fourth quarter for a 42-13 victory.

Whittaker of Pearland becoming a UT weapon
Houston Chronicle
With Jamaal Charles firmly entrenched as the starter in the Texas backfield, Foswhitt "Fozzy" Whittaker spent last season as a spectator. Not a single yard was gained by one of the most productive running backs in Texas high school history. "I felt like I just had to wait my time," said Whittaker, who was redshirted a year ago. The time finally arrived Saturday against UTEP as the Longhorns unveiled the latest piece of their running game by committee.

Football recruiting

Kennard Makes a Trip to El Paso
When the Longhorns blew out UTEP Saturday night, they did so in front of the nation's No. 1-ranked defensive end and one of their top targets for the class of 2009: Devon Kennard. The Desert Vista made the six hour drive from Phoenix to El Paso to see Texas play. Out in El Paso, Inside Texas caught up with Kennard.

Risks come from recruiting too young
Austin American-Statesman
You can't blame Mack Brown for locking up almost his entire 2009 recruiting class before anyone had taken a snap as a senior. Five months before National Signing Day, the Longhorns have verbal commitments from 19 high school football players, all from Texas. The Horns have wiggle room for three or four more if someone blossoms as a senior. Recruiting season is a 365-day hunt, and the targets are kids who have outstanding junior seasons. Seniors need not apply.


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