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LONGHORNS REPORT

The (sometimes warped) view from the press box

Friday, December 28, 2007

QUICK KICKS

Bah, Holiday: Who named this game anyway? For anyone on the field, it wasn't a holiday. Never has been.

Wanna get away?: We see a Southwest Airlines commercial in Chris Jessee's future after Mack Brown's now-famous stepson got a little too close to the action.

Old players, new positions: Instant verdicts on the Horns' razzle-dazzle: Quan Cosby as a quarterback: Razz. Derek Lokey as a receiver: Dazzle.

Happy birthday, Jamaal: We know what Jamaal Charles wished for on his birthday: 161 yards, two touchdowns and a bowl win.

MACK SMACK

What Mack said: "It just shows how bad our family wanted to win the game."

What Mack should've said: "Get back, Chris! Don't touch it!"

GRADES PLEASE

RUN OFFENSE: A+

Jamaal Charles broke free. Colt McCoy broke free. Vondrell McGee broke free. John Chiles broke free. Did we miss anyone? Arizona State tacklers sure did.

PASS OFFENSE: B

Solid but not spectacular. McCoy was efficient and, most important, he was mistake free. Eight Longhorns caught passes.

RUN DEFENSE: A

Sun Devils running backs rushed 23 times for just 67 yards. Those kinds of numbers add up to victory for the Longhorns run D.

PASS DEFENSE: A

Can you give up 305 yards and get an A? You can if you throw three interceptions and four sacks into the equation.

KICKERS: B

Mistake-free night for kicker Ryan Bailey and punter Justin Moore, but kick-return coverage teams got burned for some big plays.

RETURNERS: B

Longhorns' best return was by a defensive end.

SIDELINE: F

Would someone take control of the UT sideline?

DOUBLE DIGITS

Today's big number: 0.8

Arizona State's rushing average, once sack yards were factored in.

Today's little number: 52

Longhorns set school record for points scored in a bowl game.

WHO'S GOT NEXT

Longhorns open the 2008 season on Aug. 30 against New Orleans Bowl champion Florida Atlantic.

TEX MESSAGE

CU in 08.

LOOK BACK LOOK AHEAD

Keeping up with the Longhorns' 2007 schedule

GAME ONE SATURDAY

Texas 21, Arkansas State 13: Longhorns start slow, finish slower in lethargic season-opening victory.

GAME TWO SEPT. 8

Texas 34, TCU 13: UT defense rises to the occasion in second half while McCoy, Charles carry Longhorns.

GAME THREE SEPT. 15

Texas 35, Central Florida 32: UT recovers onside kick for second time in three games to hang on.

GAME FOUR SEPT. 22

Texas 58, Rice 14: Longhorn pile up 560 yards of offense to bury hapless Owls.

GAME FIVE SEPT. 29

Kansas State 41, Texas 21: Wildcats score nearly every way imaginable to beat Horns for 2nd straight year.

GAME SIX OCT. 6

Oklahoma 28, Texas 21: Anemic rushing attack, turnovers at worst possible time spell doom for Horns.

GAME SEVEN OCT. 13

Texas 56, Iowa State 3:

Ex-UT assistant Gene Chizik gets a view from the other side, and, boy, is it ugly.

GAME EIGHT OCT. 20

Texas 31, Baylor 10: Bears hang around, but only until Griffin's interception return for TD in the fourth.

GAME NINE OCT. 27

Texas 28, Nebraska 25: Charles' 3 TDs in fourth put away game Cornhuskers.

GAME 10 NOV. 3

Texas 38, Oklahoma St. 35: Once again, Horns put hex on Cowboys in second half.

GAME 11 NOV. 10

Texas 59, Texas Tech 35: Fireworks come early, often for both offenses, which combine to gain 1,027 yards.

GAME 12 NOV. 23

Texas A&M 38, Texas 30: Fran goes out in fine fashion as Aggies drop rival Horns for second straight year — and knock UT out of BCS hunt.

GAME 13 DEC. 27 — HOLIDAY BOWL

Texas 52, Arizona State 34: Longhorns build 21-0 first-quarter lead, never look back as Sun Devils turn ball over five times.

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