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Orakpo's finale had an ending to remember
Austin American Statesman
Brian Orakpo posed for photos with two Longhorn pom squad members minutes after his last college football game. "We're gonna miss you, Rak," one of the girls said.

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

Recruiting a priority for return to glory for A&M
Houston Chronicle
The prairies of South Central Texas are about as far from the bright lights of South Beach as a soul can roam. But while Oklahoma and Florida have been preparing to mix it up in Miami tonight, Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman and his assistants have been shaking the shrubs 1,300 miles away.

Boston College fires coach who sought NFL job
Houston Chronicle
Boston College fired Jeff Jagodzinski on Wednesday, days after he was warned of dismissal if he interviewed for the coaching job with the New York Jets.

Reputations of OU's defense, Big 12 on Sooners' shoulders
Dallas Morning News
As if Bob Stoops didn't have enough on his plate, what with trying to win a second national title tonight and reclaim a lost reputation as "Big Game Bob" after a series of bowl blunders, now he's charged with defending the honor of the Big 12.

TCU coach Gary Patterson gets new contract
Fort Worth Star Telegram
After the TCU Horned Frogs' fourth 11-win season in the past six years — and after a few BCS schools unsuccessfully tried to lure him away in the past six weeks — coach Gary Patterson was rewarded with a new contract Wednesday.


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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