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Texas Longhorn Football

Give Thanks for Longhorn Seniors
Burnt Orange Beat
The 24 members of the 2008 senior class will step onto the field at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for the final time as players tonight. This class is one of the most successful classes in the history of the Longhorn's storied program. Burnt Orange Beat salutes each one and wishes each of them well in their future endeavors.

By the Numbers: Mack Versus the Aggies
Burnt Orange Beat
Thursday night's game between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies will be the 115th meeting dating back to 1894. The game will be the 61st time that the two teams will meet on Thanksgiving Day and the first since 1993. Texas has won six of the last eight meetings, but the Longhorns have dropped the last two to the Aggies despite being double digit favorites in both games.

Friendly Rivalry or Hostile Neighbors?
Burnt Orange Beat
In light of Texas' substantial advantage in the win column of this series, there's some truth to the notion that Longhorns look at Aggies as the pest down the street, while Aggies view their opponent as a blueblood bully, one it constantly attempts to unseat. Regardless, this long-running series has had its share of venom, "neighborly" proximity notwithstanding.

Mack hopes index cards hold the answers to beating A&M
Austin American Statesman
Mack Brown looked under every rock. And that's appropriate because, when it comes to the annual grudge match with Texas A&M, the Texas football coach has been between a rock and a harder place to reach than a BCS bowl site.

For Longhorns, hard lessons were learned by loss at A&M
Austin American Statesman
The memories of a late November evening spent at Kyle Field a year ago are nearly too painful for the Texas Longhorns to recall. The Longhorns' offense committed three turnovers. They scored only a field goal in the first half and reignited only after a 91-yard kick return from Quan Cosby.

For Longhorns, it's time to stop the madness
Austin American Statesman
Texas cannot let this continue. The Longhorns must beat the Aggies tonight — and soundly.

Texas A&M has ruined Texas' plans before
Dallas Morning News
They were part of a national championship and have valid dreams of another.

Texas and Oklahoma decided who was best on Oct. 11
Dallas Morning News
Straight turkey talk on a day when I hope you are spending it at grandma's house, with the family and all of them there: Got no love for the Longhorns, even less for the Sooners, and my hate for the BCStupid is basically Bin Laden-like.

One checklist points to Texas being in Big 12 Championship Game
Fort Worth Star Telegram
As judgment day approaches, the debate rages. Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said his Red Raiders "should probably be the top-rated, one-loss team" in this week's BCS standings.

A&M plays for pride, UT for BCS shot
San Antonio Express News
Brian Orakpo didn't need any help remembering, but just in case, someone gave him a photo.

Winning is the name of his game
Houston Chronicle
Colt McCoy may not have made people forget V.Y., but UT's QB knows how to seal the deal

Other Football

Texas A&M freshman has plenty to be thankful for
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Margaret Christian had seen plenty of at-risk kids as an assistant principal at Katy High School, but none made as big of an impression as Terrence Frederick.

Texas A&M backup QB wants one more shot at Texas
Dallas Morning News
Texas A&M's Stephen McGee has to be the most talked about backup quarterback in the Big 12 South.

Bedlam could have many empty seats
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma State's controversial ticket policy has led the school to expect as many as 10,000 empty seats at 60,000-seat Boone Pickens Stadium for Saturday's game against Oklahoma in Stillwater.

Basketball

Texas shoots down Ducks 70-57
Burnt Orange Beat
The #6 Texas Longhorns faced the tough task on Wednesday of overcoming a last second, heartbreaking loss early in the season and having to play a lesser opponent on a quick turn around. The Longhorns responded in a must win game overcoming dead legs and a slow start to beat the Oregon Ducks 70-57.

Texas men beat Oregon for third place in Maui
Austin American Statesman
Longhorn Justin Mason attempted only one shot against Saint Joseph's on Monday, a performance that prompted a long conversation with his coach.

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