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Texas Longhorn Football

Fiesta win sets Horns up nicely for a 2009 title run
Austin American Statesman
Maybe there is such a thing as football karma. Texas' 24-21 victory over 10th-ranked Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday night had a very familiar feel to it. It almost followed the same script as the Longhorns' heartbreaking loss in Lubbock in early November.

BCS should allow coaches to vote their conscience
Austin American Statesman
Here in the Sunshine State, forces are gathering for Thursday's cataclysmic battle between Florida and Oklahoma. Texas' win over Ohio State was college football's version of the tree falling in the forest with no one around. Did it really happen? The fans at University of Phoenix Stadium sure made a noise, but it wasn't heard very loudly beyond.

Texas set up to make national title run in 2009
Dallas Morning News
Nobody in a Texas uniform was wondering if the Longhorns had done enough to impress Associated Press voters late Monday night.

Fiesta Bowl finish seemed scripted for UT's seniors
San Antonio Express News
It was the way Texas' season should have ended, and this doesn't necessarily refer to the Longhorns' comeback victory against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday night. No, it was the players who made the last-minute, season-saving plays who allowed the moment to be poignant and poetic at the same time.

Other Football

'Big Game' Sooners have been anything but in recent BCS memory
Austin American Statesman
As he entered Dolphins Stadium for media day on Monday, Bob Stoops could be excused for being slightly conflicted. Oklahoma's 10th-year football coach could have been remembering a January night here in 2001 when his second Sooners team defensed Florida State to death for a 13-2 victory and OU's seventh national championship. It helped earn Stoops the nickname of "Big Game Bob."

Preseason attitude check proved motivational for Oklahoma
Fort Worth Star Telegram
When Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis walked into the weight room early on the morning of Oct. 13, two days after a loss to Texas that most felt eliminated the Sooners from BCS championship contention, he noticed something that, in retrospect, was significant.

Basketball

Texas Hoops Falters Late Again
Burnt Orange Beat
The #7 Texas Longhorns played winning basketball for 30 minutes on Tuesday night at Arkansas, but faltered down the stretch again, losing to the hated Razorbacks 67-61. The loss concludes the non-conference slate and Texas heads into Big 12 play at 11-3.

Hogs handle Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
Careless and clumsy with the basketball, seventh-ranked Texas crumbled down the stretch Tuesday against Arkansas.

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