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Monday, October 3, 2011
First Glance: Breaking down Texas

By Jake Trotter

Record: 4-0
Sept. 3: Rice, 34-9 (W)
Sept. 10: Brigham Young, 17-16 (W)
Sept. 17: at UCLA, 49-20 (W)
Oct. 1: at Iowa State, 37-14 (W)

Previous outing: Freshman QB David Ash threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes, and Texas drilled Iowa State 37-14 in its Big 12 opener. The Cyclones had two fumbles, a pick and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown in the first half. Jaxon Shipley had 141 yards receiving and a TD for the Longhorns, who led 34-0 at halftime.

David Ash
Freshman QB David Ash threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes last week against Iowa State.
OU’s record against Texas: 41-59-5

Last meeting: OU caught a huge break late in the fourth quarter when Aaron Williams muffed a punt that would have given the Longhorns one last chance for a tying drive in the final 62 seconds. The Sooners, who prevailed 28-20, were led by DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Key player: The Longhorns have morphed into a run-first offense, reliant on freshman tailback Malcolm Brown. So far, the formula has worked. Brown has rushed for 327 yards and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

Why Texas could win: The Longhorns claim one of the best defenses in the country that nobody seems to talk about, ranking sixth nationally in fewest yards allowed. If they get solid quarterback play from Case McCoy and Ash, they’re dangerous.

Why Texas could lose: Despite the emergence of Brown, Texas still doesn’t have an offense capable of going toe-to-toe with a high-scoring offense like Oklahoma’s. If the Sooners get rolling offensively, Texas is in serious trouble.

What Texas coach Mack Brown is saying about the Sooners: "(Landry Jones) is a great advantage for them going into this game. He has been into the game, he has won the game and he's completing 72 percent of his passes. Very efficient running their uptempo offense. I think he's a tremendous player. In my estimation, he should be the leader for the Heisman.”