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LONGHORNS FOOTBALL

LONGHORNS REPORT

Sunday, November 04, 2007

THIRD AND LONGHORNS

The (sometimes warped) view from the press box

QUICK KICKS

BCS, anyone? Dare we even utter those initials? It was more like SOS for a few weeks there — and for three quarters of Saturday's game.

Head case: One team's great comeback is another team's choke job. And few choke quite like these Cowboys. T. Boone Pickens might want to open the checkbook to hire a team psychologist.

Clock Management 101: Les Miles sure didn't take that class when he coached in Stillwater. Mike Gundy might want to enroll, after his riverboat gambler routine at the end of the first half.

Review the review: So, officials spend two minutes reviewing whether an Oklahoma State player was out of bounds before fumbling — but then announce that, by rule, the play is not reviewable. Then, um, what exactly were you guys doing all that time?

He flipped his Horns: When OSU's Chris Collins made his first tackle, stuffing Jamaal Charles, he came up flashing a "Horns down" sign. That was fitting. Three years ago, Collins was all "Horns up" when he was a Texas recruit. But the Longhorns backed off their offer when Collins was charged with sexual assault in Texarkana. His trial could begin this week. "Horns down" to that.

How they see it

The pollsters: Horns keep winning and keep on moving up. Next stop: Back in the top 10?

OSU coaches: If they weren't self-proclaimed 40-year-old men, they'd see this one through tears in their eyes. Then again, they did look a little shaken up afterward.

Message boards: Maybe Greg Davis isn't the one we should be bashing after all. Where was the defense?

MACK SMACK

What Mack said: "As excited as the other team was, and as many people as we had hurt down the stretch, for those kids and coaches to hang in there is a thing that should happen once in a person's character, not two weeks in a row."

What Mack should've said: "Many more like this and I'm gonna call it a career. I'm not being paid enough to endure games like this."

GRADES PLEASE

RUN OFFENSE: A

That assumes that Colt McCoy's scrambling counts as run offense. However you count it, it sure paid off Saturday. Now, if someone could only trick Jamaal Charles into thinking that every quarter is the fourth.

PASS OFFENSE: B

Big numbers everywhere for McCoy. In the passing yards column: 282. And in the interception column: 3 (although two weren't really his fault).

RUN DEFENSE: A-

Texas held nation's fifth-best run offense to 164 yards — 92 less than its average.

PASS DEFENSE: D

What pass defense? The one that gave up 430 yards? The one that was supposed to be covering those wide-open guys in orange? Yeah, that one.

KICKERS: A

Justin Moore averaged 47 yards a punt, and Ryan Bailey had his usual, ho-hum stat line: 5 extra points and 1 game-winning field goal. Only thing missing was a touchback on a kickoff.

RETURNERS: C

Horns averaged a very average 20 yards per kick return and weren't able to return any of OSU's punts, which invariably were downed at the 1.

DOUBLE DIGITS

TODAY'S BIG NUMBER: 158

Longhorns' points in the second half against Oklahoma State the past five years.

TODAY'S LITTLE NUMBER: 14

Cowboys' points in the second half against Texas the past five years.

WHO's got next?

HELP WANTED: Big-time college football team seeks speedy defensive backs to compete against pass-crazed Texas Tech. Apply at Royal-Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Wear orange.

TEX MESSAGE

Still H2O runs deep, esp. in 4th Q

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