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Commentary: For Texas, The Bar Has Risen
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
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
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.

Brown up to his old (motivational) tricks for No. 1 Horns
Austin American-Statesman
The Oklahoma game ball, complete with a funeral theme, was buried at the Texas practice field early last week. Two days later, Sports Illustrated cover boy Colt McCoy took the magazine from his locker and tossed it in the trash to the delight of his teammates. It helped get top-ranked Texas focused for an eventual 56-31 victory over Missouri. So what can Mack Brown do, motivationally speaking, to keep his Longhorns centered on the Cowboys of Oklahoma State?

Is Horns' defensive glass half-empty or half-full?
Austin American-Statesman
The glass was half full for the Texas defense Saturday. As in the first half. Texas dominated Missouri's Chase Daniel, a would-be Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback, and held one of the nation's most explosive offenses to three points in the first two quarters. Lost in the lopsided, 56-31 final score was the fact that the Longhorns gave up 28 points in the last two quarters, turning a laugher into more of a giggler.

Longhorns football notebook: Players praise game day atmosphere
Austin American-Statesman

Texas' Brown unbeaten against Oklahoma St.
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown is 10-0 against Oklahoma State and the Longhorns are 20-2 against the Cowboys heading into Saturday's clash between the No. 1 Longhorns and No. 7 OSU in Austin.

Brown drawing up motivation for Horns
San Antonio Express-News
Mack Brown uses his Sunday team meeting as a weekly story time. He and the Texas Longhorns reflect on where they have been and where they are going. Brown even likes to provide illustrations.

Longhorns' small-town talent
San Antonio Express-News
Fans of smaller high school football programs in the state might have a reason to keep an eye on the top-ranked Texas Longhorns.

Recent games show a Texas-Oklahoma State shootout is brewing
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
If you think Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is accurate in games, offensive coordinator Greg Davis said Monday you should see him in practice.

Will Muschamp has his hands full with Big 12 offenses
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As he prepares for his third consecutive matchup against a Big 12 offense ranked among the nation's statistical leaders, Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said Monday he would welcome a less daunting task.

Texas seeks to end this one early
Houston Chronicle
Texas coach Mack Brown might want to reverse the script and give his halftime speech before the game Saturday. Home or away, the Longhorns have made a habit of starting slow against Oklahoma State.

Staying Focused
Daily Texan
Don't eat the poisoned cheese. That's one of the motivational analogies that head coach Mack Brown has used all season to keep his team from getting distracted by all of their accomplishments and the media attention this season.

Texas wary of schedule
Killeen Daily Herald
Being the No. 1-ranked team in the country isn't always the most comfortable to place to be, but so far, the top spot suits the Texas Longhorns.

These Pokes have better depth
Mike Gundy would love to forget the big lead his Oklahoma State Cowboys surrendered to Texas last season. Or the one in 2005. Or the one in 2004, when Gundy was the offensive coordinator.


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