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A Meeting With Mack
Away from lights and cameras of the weekly press conference, Texas head coach Mack Brown discusses problems in kick coverage, if any fatigue has set in, Curtis Brown stepping in for Chykie Brown, Henry Melton's emergence at defensive end and more.

Culpepper's Commentary: Oklahoma State Game
Is this the narrow win that gives Texas that extra push and propels the Horns toward a Big 12 Championship? For sure, it was a near-death experience for their chances at a perfect record!

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

Horns will need to run for their lives at Tech
Austin American-Statesman
Colt McCoy needs to put his Heisman Trophy campaign temporarily on hold Saturday. Besides, surely he's clinched it by now anyway. Colt's pretty good, but the running game needs to be as well. To beat Texas Tech this weekend, McCoy will still need to complete all but a couple of his 40 or so throws, the bulk of them to a beat-up Jordan Shipley and Quan Cosby as always because those two can get open in a phone booth. But if Texas is to get by an excellent Red Raiders team, it will have to devote itself to a clock-eating, chain-moving ground game.

90-yard drives no problem for Horns
Austin American-Statesman
Horns have put together five drives of at least 90 yards this season and a dozen in the 80-yard range, accounting for nearly 35 percent of UT's scoring drives.

Tough tests leave a mark on Texas
Dallas Morning News
The nation's No. 1 team was tired and sore and showing wear Monday. Three consecutive wins against ranked teams had taken a toll on Texas.

Texas Tech tries to tune out big-game buzz
Dallas Morning News
Texas Tech safety Darcel McBath has two plans for the week leading up to possibly the biggest game ever played on the South Plains: For every pat on the back received on campus, followed by a "Beat Texas," say thanks. Put your head down and keep walking. For the hours leading up to Saturday's 7 p.m. kickoff against No. 1 UT at Jones AT&T Stadium, take long naps, pop the iPod in the ears. And keep the TV turned off.

McCoy vs. Harrell: The arms race
San Antonio Express-News
When No. 1 Texas plays No. 6 Texas Tech this Saturday in Lubbock (7 p.m., TV: ABC), it will mark the third meeting between two of the nation's most accomplished quarterbacks. Not only are the Longhorns' Colt McCoy and the Red Raiders' Graham Harrell both contenders for the Heisman Trophy and the national championship, they're linked in other ways, too.

Slow week for Mack the Motivator
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Mack Brown deems Monday as "trinket day," when he conjures up whatever motivational ploy he'll use to inspire his Longhorns for the coming game. "We get so corny," Brown said, "you don't even want to know about it." But the way Brown sees it this week, he shouldn't have to do much motivating on his own. The stakes alone should rile up his top-ranked Longhorns as they travel to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech.

The excitement is building in Lubbock for matchup with Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The hype has already begun for the biggest college football game ever played in Lubbock. ESPN is packing its bags and bringing its College GameDay crew to town for the first time for Saturday's game between No. 1 Texas (8-0) and No. 7 Texas Tech (8-0). Tech offensive left tackle Rylan Reed described the atmosphere around campus as buzzing.

Defense looking to bring the heat against Graham Harrell
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
From a statistical standpoint, Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell may be the toughest player to sack in college football. He's thrown 360 passes and has been sacked only three times — once every 120 attempts. Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said he plans to cut into that ratio when the top-ranked Longhorns (8-0, 4-0 Big 12) meet No. 6 Texas Tech (8-0, 4-0) Saturday in Lubbock.

Back into a corner
Houston Chronicle
Texas cornerback Curtis Brown found out he would make his first career start a few days before last week's game against Oklahoma State. His first assignment: Shut down Dez Bryant, one of the top receivers in the country. "I was afraid he would transfer," Texas coach Mack Brown said jokingly. "I would have." Not only did Brown combine to make Bryant a non-factor, he knocked down a last-second desperation pass near the Texas end zone to preserve the top-ranked Longhorns' 28-24 victory over Oklahoma State.

Before he could star for Longhorns, Shipley had to succeed for Rotan
Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Eight years ago, in the center of a tiny town on the West Texas plains, Jordan Shipley's dream began to materialize. Texas' senior wide receiver was a high school freshman at Rotan, where his father had been hired as the new football coach. Bob Shipley thought enough of his son's ability to put him on the varsity roster, but he wasn't sure what to expect as the Yellowhammers made the trip to Knox City for their 2000 season opener.

Morris knocks holes in perceptions of tiny athletes
Lubbock Avalanche Journal
There used to be a splintered spot in the Morris household that stood in mute testimony to Eric Morris' competitive streak. His dad finally grew tired of looking at the evidence. "We remodeled our house three years ago, and I finally replaced the bedroom door where him and his older brother got in a fight in a game played at the house,'' Ray Morris said. "He swung and missed and put a hole in the bedroom door.'' Ray Morris doesn't remember the particulars. It might have been over cards. It might have been as far back as Eric's days in junior high. But the will to win, no matter the game, remains unchanged. Figuratively speaking, neither side swung and missed when Texas Tech invested a scholarship in Morris four years ago, taking a chance on a little guy from a little town.

Red Raiders realizing seriousness of upcoming matchup with No. 1 Texas
Daily Toreador
Texas Tech tackle Rylan Reed does not hide the fact that he senses a certain vibe within the locker room in anticipation of the team's next game. After all, how could he not? The No. 6 Red Raiders, coming off a 63-21 thrashing of Kansas, get to face an in-state rival who happens to be the top team in the nation.

No way to undersell importance of No. 1 Texas-No. 6 Texas Tech matchup
Waco Tribune-Herald
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has a law degree, so he can probably make a pretty persuasive argument. But the case he made during Monday's Big 12 football coaches call wouldn't convince any jury in the country. The No. 6 Red Raiders host No. 1 Texas Saturday night in Lubbock. When asked how he'd rank the importance of the game in his nine-year Tech tenure, he was noncommittal.

Texas' top ranking comes with plenty of aches, pains
Associated Press
Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller said he felt relieved after a tough win over Oklahoma State. Quarterback Colt McCoy's non-throwing hand was bruised and scratched. As a group, the Longhorns' defensive backs are nicked up and sore. After three straight wins over teams ranked 11th or higher and another big game coming at No. 6 Texas Tech, the top-ranked Longhorns are finding it harder to stay healthy and sharp in the middle of a brutal schedule.


Eight Texas Exes tip off the 2008-09 NBA season
As the NBA regular season commences on Tuesday, eight former University of Texas basketball standouts will be competing in the league and three can be seen in nationally televised games during the opening week.


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