Brown agreed. "We said, 'Let's let Vince be Vince,'" he recalls, going so far as to download several songs by 50 Cent onto his iPod, at Young's request. "It's pronounced Fitty Cent," said a grinning Brown after the game, taking immense pleasure in correcting a reporter. "I can't discuss it with you if you can't pronounce it the right way."
Young has been on a tear since that meeting, though it came to a temporary halt against Ohio State. Burned early on by Young's scrambling (58 yards on his first four carries), the Buckeyes took away the run with blitzes up the middle and by occasionally spying him. When he walked on the field with 5:00 left, Young had generated only six points in his previous nine possessions. If he was going to beat Ohio State, it would have to be with his arm. To the surprise of no one on the Texas sideline--We've been through this!--he pulled it off.
Afterward the victors gathered in front of the Texas band to sing The Eyes of Texas in the closed end of the Horseshoe--a first in what could be, for these Longhorns, a season of firsts.