AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- No. 5 Texas looks to keep its Bowl Championship Series hopes alive in the annual State Farm Lone Star Showdown against No. 22 Texas A&M on Friday.
Fifth in the latest BCS poll released Monday, the Longhorns are looking to go 7-1 in the Big 12 Conference for the fourth time in five seasons. Texas is battling No. 4 California for an at-large BCS bid, with No. 6 Utah likely to have the other one locked up.
"This game is a lot more important to us than the BCS or the bowl situation," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "It is Texas A&M. It is the University of Texas. This is one you have to live with for the rest of your life."
Texas (9-1, 6-1 Big 12 South) has not played since edging host Kansas, 27-23, on November 13. Vince Young rushed for a touchdown with just over four minutes to play and threw for the game-winning score with only 11 seconds left as the Longhorns rallied for the victory.
Cedric Benson, who finished with 161 yards on 28 carries, scored Texas' only TD of the first half on a 16-yard run in the second quarter. Benson now has 24 100-yard rushing games in his career and the Longhorns have won all of those contests.
Texas A&M (7-3, 5-2 South) also has not played since November 13, when it defeated Texas Tech in overtime, 32-25. Courtney Lewis rushed for his second touchdown of the game in overtime and defensive back Byron Jones knocked down a fourth-down pass in the end zone to end the contest.
While intercepting Texas Tech's Sonny Cumbie three times, Texas A&M recorded its seventh turnover-free game of the year, a school record. The Aggies have a 6-1 record in those games.
Texas has won four straight over A&M and leads the overall series, 71-34-5.