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Football

A Red River SHOOTOUT
InsideTexas.com
The No. 5 Longhorns took down No. 1 Oklahoma, 45-35, in a high-scoring, wild game at the Cotton Bowl Saturday. Quarterback Colt McCoy was sharp, completing 80 percent of his passes in a game where his offensive weapons -- Chris Ogbonnaya (154 total yards), Quan Cosby (174) and Jordan Shipley (225) -- answered the bell.

Three Plays Told the Tale
InsideTexas.com
The first play was a simple run designed to gain some yards, but more importantly, to take time off the game clock while clinging to a three-point lead with less than five minutes left to play. The second play was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a Texas senior to score against the Oklahoma Sooners. The third play was a touchdown.

Game Observations
InsideTexas.com
An interception clarification, a talk with the Governor, a great acting performance and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from the Horns' 45-35 win over Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Game Report Cards
InsideTexas.com
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' win over Oklahoma.

Big win over Oklahoma boosts Longhorns to No. 1 ranking
Austin American-Statesman
The last time Texas was ranked No. 1 in the regular season, Mack Brown was an up-and-coming coordinator working for arch-rival Oklahoma and only one of the current UT players was even born. That was 1984. Now, welcome to the 2008 crazy hierarchy of college football.

This one was no upset, because Texas is better than OU
Austin American-Statesman
Texas is better than OU. Go ahead. Read it to yourself. Read it aloud. Scream it if you want. Tell the neighbors. Text someone. Write your congressman. It's true. Texas has a better football team than Oklahoma. Savor it, Longhorn fans. Feel it, take it in, believe it.

UT's Davis called best game of his career
Austin American-Statesman
Greg Davis is a liar. A smiling, gleeful liar as it turns out. The Texas offensive coordinator came clean on a mistruth after he called the best game of his career Saturday.

Plenty of work remains for No. 1 Texas
Dallas Morning News
The last time Texas claimed the No. 1 ranking, the Longhorns could celebrate for months. UT defeated Southern California for the national championship in January 2006, ending the season on the highest possible note. No such luxury exists this time, as coach Mack Brown acknowledged Sunday.

Brown's path to respect remains uphill march
San Antonio Express-News
Two sportswriters from different regions of the country walk into a men's room, and one of them shakes his head. "Wow," he says. "Guess this means we can't make fun of Mack anymore, huh?" "Nah," the other replies. "We'll have another chance." It would sound like part of a bad joke if it hadn't actually happened late Saturday afternoon at the Cotton Bowl, where people in the press box, on the fairgrounds and in both locker rooms were still coming to terms with this latest chapter in Mack Brown's eternal struggle for respect.

Texas faces tumultuous road to stay No. 1
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
For the Texas Longhorns, the easy part is over. They've gone from under-the-radar to top of the mountain in the college football world, thanks to Sunday's rise to No. 1 in the weekly polls. Now, comes the hard part: staying there. That might prove tougher than outlasting Oklahoma, last week's No. 1 team, in Saturday's emotional meat grinder that resulted in Texas' 45-35 victory in the Red River Rivalry.

UT No. 1 in college football poll after win over OU
Houston Chronicle
The eyes of Texas are back on the No. 1 ranking. Saturday's 45-35 upset over Oklahoma vaulted the Longhorns to No. 1 in the Associated Press and USA Today polls on Sunday, marking the first time they have been in the top spot during the regular season in 24 years.

Sky's the limit for UT after Red River win
Houston Chronicle
This game decided nothing, only that Texas is better than Oklahoma and that the Longhorns deserve to be in the national championship conversation.

MU's Daniel, Texas' McCoy have had role reversal heading into matchup
Kansas City Star
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel planned to call up Texas QB Colt McCoy on Sunday and talk up next Saturday night's Texas two-step in Austin. A-one might have been Ol' Mizzou. And a-two, perhaps No. 2 for Texas. Isn't Saturday night gonna be great, buddy? Two Texans, friends since attending the same football camps back as sophomores in high school. Daniel, a senior and former Southlake Carroll star, against McCoy, a junior and former Jim Ned High star in Tuscola. Squaring off to see — under Saturday Night Lights — not only the best team in the Big 12 Conference but perhaps in all the nation. That was the plan, anyway.

At home with Daniel's family, in Tigers' camp
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Before he morphed into the face of University of Missouri football and perhaps a pillar of the program for years to come, Chase Daniel spent much of his life craving one identity more than anything else. When Todd Dodge, his coach at Southlake Carroll High, asked what school he'd like to recruit him "in a perfect world," the answer was almost redundant. "Coach, my dream is to go to the University of Texas," Dodge recalled Daniel telling him his junior year. "I've been a Longhorn all my life."

MU's history vs. No. 1s
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Texas finding all the right answers
Associated Press
Texas was supposed to be a year away from challenging for No. 1. There were just too many questions: Could Colt McCoy cut down his interceptions? Could the Longhorns find a running game? Could new coordinator Will Muschamp turn a struggling defense into a playmaking one? And after five straight blowouts against a soft early schedule, could they trade punches with a heavyweight such as Oklahoma? The answers keep coming up yes and the Longhorns (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) are a surprise No. 1 after knocking off the previously top-ranked Sooners 45-35 Saturday. Texas is ranked No. 1 in the regular season for the first time since 1984.

Missouri has golden opportunity at Texas
Associated Press
Missouri's offense all but disappeared. But the Tigers' national-title hopes did not vanish with it. Mizzou's 53-point scoring machine malfunctioned in Saturday night's 28-23 upset loss at home, against Oklahoma State. The No. 11 Tigers are now out of the top 10 for the first time this season, heading into Saturday night's showdown at top-ranked Texas. Missouri could have taken the No. 1 ranking into Austin — the Tigers also were top-ranked briefly late last season — but they have a chance to quickly climb back up the charts if they knock off the Longhorns.

Longhorns' Shipley enjoys his dream day against Sooners
USA Today
This wasn't how it was supposed to go for a Texas high school legend.

Baseball

Bears, Longhorns face off on diamond
Waco Tribune-Herald
Ah, fall — a time for leaves fluttering, helmets cracking and baseballs soaring high above the air surrounding the Baylor Ballpark. Wait, how did that last one fit? Fall baseball? Though the real baseball season for NCAA schools doesn't get hopping until February, Baylor and others have gotten a jump start on it over the past month. The Bears have played a series of intrasquad scrimmages, along with four 14-inning "games" against other opponents, culminating with Sunday's home battle with Big 12 rival Texas.

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