early-season, interconference marquee matchups have become increasingly rare in
the BCS era. Coaches and athletic directors figure, Why should a program with
national championship aspirations take the risk? Yes, in four of the last seven
seasons one-loss teams have made it to the national title game. Last year, on
the other hand, Auburn, Utah and Boise State were undefeated and excluded.
Thus have the
Longhorns taken a huge step toward their first national title since 1970. While
several danger games remain, there was little doubt that the Horns had just
beaten the toughest team on their schedule.
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.
-- Austin Murphy
Reprinted from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Sept. 19, 2005
CHARLES IN CHARGE
With starting tailback Selvin Young on the sideline with a sprained left ankle,
freshman Jamaal Charles stepped in--and proceeded to run over Rice. Charles
carried 16 times for 189 yards, the second-highest rushing total by a freshman
in school history.
AT COLUMBIA, MO.
DECLAWING THE TIGERS
Wide receiver Ramonce Taylor liked what he was hearing late in the game from
the Missouri crowd: silence. Tigers fans had been quieted by Vince Young, who
accounted for 344 total yards and three touchdowns, and a stifling Longhorns
defense that held Missouri to 3.0 yards per carry.
RED RIVER REVENGE
After five straight losses to Oklahoma in the annual Red River Shootout, the
Longhorns' Rodrique Wright (90) and Tarell Brown (5) had plenty to celebrate as
Texas scored early and often. The Longhorns handed Bob Stoops the worst Big 12
loss of his seven-year OU career.
Vince Young ran for three touchdowns against Colorado and set a school record
for completion percentage by connecting on 25 of 29 passes (86.2%). Said Mack
Brown, "It's great to be the second-leading rushing team in the nation and
be able to pass for 336 yards with Vince."
TEXAS TECH 17
A TEXAS-SIZED MISMATCH
Entering their Lone Star State showdown with the Longhorns, the 10th-ranked Red
Raiders led the nation in passing and scoring. But the Texas defense frustrated
Tech quarterback Cody Hodges all day, sacking him six times and intercepting
him once, and in the second quarter Frank Okam batted down a pass.
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