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Commentary: For Texas, The Bar Has Risen
InsideTexas.com
Derek Jeter was in the house Saturday night in Austin, prowling the sidelines with his girl friend, Friday Night Lights actress Minka Kelly. For all of his successes – on and off the field – you had to wonder if Jeter ever-so-briefly thought, "Boy, it sure would be nice to be a part of this Texas team."

A Defensive Difference
InsideTexas.com
Texas' halftime lead of 35-3 over Missouri was astounding, but perhaps more impressive than the 35 is the 3. It was a strong performance from a Longhorn D that has improved each week of then season.

Game Observations
InsideTexas.com
Poison cheese, a Denver-style running back, impressive audibles, improving backups and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from the Horns' 56-31 win over Missouri.

Longhorns No. 1 in first BCS ranking, unanimous No. 1 in AP poll
Austin American-Statesman
Next year is now. Before the season began, Texas coach Mack Brown thought his team was a year away from competing for a national championship. Seven weeks into the season, the Longhorns are the favorites to play in the national championship game.

Cedric Golden: Texas must keep proving it's worthy of No. 1
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Longhorns aren't into burying ghosts. Just footballs. The team buried the game ball from the Oklahoma game at the practice field earlier this week and the message was: 'That was a big win but let's put it in the past and concentrate on winning ballgames.' Message received. By the national football audience. By the Longhorn fans. And especially by the Missouri Tigers, who took a 56-31 spanking Saturday to become the latest afterthought in a Texas season that's starting to take on the look of something special.

Kirk Bohls: Almost flawless Texas proves its worth
Austin American-Statesman
The perfect season continues. Hey, if Colt McCoy can get stripped of the ball, retrieve it in one motion on the run and throw downfield for a 23-yard completion, well, it just may be Texas' year.

Texas is sitting pretty in BCS standings
Dallas Morning News
Anybody with an understanding of college football knew Texas would be atop the first Bowl Championship Series standings. The surprise was the Longhorns' across-the-board dominance in every component of the BCS, mirroring their play in a 56-31 win over Missouri on Saturday.

McCoy is leading man on nation's leading team
Dallas Morning News
If you're looking for anecdotal evidence of Colt McCoy's impact on Texas' psyche, consider the following: Fresh off a brilliant upset of Oklahoma, ranked No. 1 during the season for the first time in 24 years, Texas had reason for its ego to swell. McCoy was ready with a needle. He told teammates after a practice last week that OU was history, Missouri loomed and personal accolades could wait. Then for visual support, he took the most recent copy of Sports Illustrated, the one with his image on the cover, and threw it in the garbage.

UT grabs top spot in BCS standings
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Mack Brown said Sunday that he appreciates the respect that comes from being No. 1 in the first Bowl Championship Series standings. But Brown said it's important that the Longhorns maintain a focus on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Longhorns host the Cowboys in a battle of unbeatens Saturday in Austin.

Snubbing Daniel didn't hurt UT
San Antonio Express-News
It now can be said, without any reservations, that Mack Brown was dead wrong about Chase Daniel. He would've made a perfectly acceptable Texas Longhorns backup. Had Daniel been given the opportunity, he might have won a few games for UT as a starter, too. In fact, if he'd been wearing burnt orange Saturday at Royal Memorial Stadium, the outcome probably would have looked a lot like it did with him in black and gold. But for three years, Brown has been roasted for allowing an in-state difference-maker to get away, and on Saturday, with his top-ranked Longhorns' 56-31 trouncing of No. 11 Missouri, he finally had his resounding reply.

Texas dominates Missouri behind McCoy's near-flawless performance
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As he rolled out, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy crossed paths with Missouri defensive end Tommy Chavis, who poked the ball from McCoy's grasp. Unfazed, McCoy handled the hop in stride, looked downfield and connected with receiver Quan Cosby on a 23-yard strike to set up the top-ranked Longhorns' fifth touchdown. Of Saturday's first half. In a game filled with magical moments and near-flawless offensive execution for McCoy and his teammates, that play underscored the type of night No. 1 Texas enjoyed while dismantling No. 11 Missouri 56-31 in front of 98,383 at Darrell K Royal- Texas Memorial Stadium.

Texas stands atop BCS poll
Houston Chronicle
They buried a game ball and the star quarterback has thrown a magazine in the trash can. Next up on the Texas Longhorns' list of disposable distractions: No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

McCoy, UT have gained a perfect fit
Houston Chronicle
He's college football's best player. As if Colt McCoy cared about that stuff.

Texas two-steps past Missouri
Daily Texan
Derek Jeter and Roger Clemens may have been on the sidelines, but the biggest star Saturday night was Colt McCoy. The junior quarterback became the undisputed leader in the Heisman race after rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for two in Texas' 56-31 victory. His four touchdowns helped him pass Vince Young on Texas' all-time touchdown list.

UT, McCoy for Real -- But Tough Games Await
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Colt McCoy and Texas are for real. Only this time the Longhorns aren't looking up at USC -- Texas has emerged as the team to beat in 2008 and everyone else, including the Trojans, are left hoping the Longhorns slip up down the road.

Oklahoma-Texas meeting is BCS national title game a possibility
Oklahoman
In 2006, Ohio State defeated Michigan 42-39 in a titanic clash of unbeatens. Some clamored for a rematch in the BCS national title game. But the majority of voters elected to send one-loss Florida to the title game, even though Michigan's only defeat came on the road against No. 1 Ohio State. This season, however, a rematch of Texas and Oklahoma in the national title seems possible.

No. 1 Longhorns Still Have Long Way to Go
Washington Post
After knocking off two highly regarded opponents and ascending to No. 1 in the Associated Press top 25 poll over the past two weeks, Texas received another nod of validation yesterday when the initial Bowl Championship Series rankings of the 2008 season were released and the Longhorns were on top. On Saturday, Texas will take on Oklahoma State, which came in at No. 6 in the BCS poll.

Oklahoma State defense ready for another challenge
Associated Press
One solid defensive performance could be considered an aberration. Two in a row constitutes a trend that Oklahoma State desperately wants to continue. A week after slowing down Missouri's high-octane offense in a 28-23 win, Oklahoma State held Baylor to a season-low 204 yards during a never-in-doubt 34-6 decision over the Bears. Next up for the seventh-ranked Cowboys: No. 1 Texas on Saturday in Austin.

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