Bevo's Daily Roundup - September 13, 2010

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Horns_bullet_mediumMike Davis gave the Horns' offense a jump-start.

Over the final 150 seconds of the first half, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 183-pound Davis accounted for three of his seven total catches and 61 of his 104 yards. He converted the final reception of that span, on a mid-length crossing route, into a 45-yard touchdown play when he circled back to his right after the catch and outlegged cornerback Marcell Gipson to the end zone.

Davis' catch was the second of two lightning-bolt touchdowns for the Longhorns. The first came when Texas answered Carta-Samuel's touchdown with a 69-yard scoring march capped by backup tailback Fozzy Whittaker's career-long 39-yard burst up the middle to give the Longhorns the lead for good, 13-7.

 

Horns_bullet_medium We're learning a lot about who the Horns are.

With Big 12 action starting next weekend at Texas Tech, it's a sure bet that the Longhorns have plenty to work on between now and then.

"We had way too many penalties," offensive coordinator Greg Davis said. "I think we're learning about this team and we're getting closer to finding out what kind of team we'll be."

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Aggies win and the Sooners achieved redemption.

After watching Utah State's Diondre Borel throw for 341 yards, the Seminoles actually had more rushing yards than passing yards until backups played most of the fourth quarter. Linebacker Travis Lewis challenged the secondary early in the week and again before kickoff.

"This is what I was expecting last week," Lewis said. "I knew we had a great DB group. Before pre-game I said, 'Don't doubt yourself. Don't doubt this defense. Don't doubt this team, because as soon as you let doubt creep in you play like that.' I wanted them to know I had their back totally and today played like they're capable."

 

Horns_bullet_mediumLandry Jones answers his critics

He didn't face much pressure Saturday -- in part because the Seminoles did not blitz often and in part because of a solid game from his offensive line -- but his decisions were sound and Stoops lauded him after the game for taking care of the ball. He was sacked only once. His only turnover came on a freak play after the ball slipped out of his hand on an attempted pass and was inadvertently kicked to the defense by his running back for a lost fumble.

The highlights were plentiful. A pump fake freed up his favorite receiver, Ryan Broyles, on a slant-and-go route for an 18-yard touchdown. A strike up the seam in the middle of the field to tight end James Hanna, who rumbled the final 20 yards for a 46-yard score -- the first of his career. And a ball whipped down the left sideline -- albeit under thrown -- toward Cameron Kenney, who jumped over a defensive back and slipped into the end zone from a few yards out for a 36-yard score.

 

Horns_bullet_mediumWhat did we learn this week? 

We should get used to watching Taylor Martinez run for touchdowns. Last week's 46-yarder against actually awful Western Kentucky was no fluke. He broke another big play this week with a 67-yard touchdown to put Nebraska up 10-0 in the second quarter -- and added another with a 20-yard score in the third. That gives the redshirt freshman five touchdowns and 284 yards rushing in two games.

The new guy got 'em coached up. I don't know anyone who really thought Kansas could beat Georgia Tech. I'm sure there were a couple people outside of the Kansas locker room -- but not far outside.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Sooners go up, Longhorns go down.

Texas dropped a spot to No. 6 in The Associated Press poll and received one first-place vote. Oklahoma moved up three spots to No. 7 after beating Florida State, 47-17.

 

Horns_bullet_mediumThe Aggies paid good money for that 2-0 record. 

The Aggies are midway through their "Bill Snyder Scheduling For Dummies" and sit where they should be: 2-0 after a 48-16 win against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

The Aggies spent probably more than $1 million to guarantee a 3-0 record by the end of next week, and will be halfway toward eligibility for the Texas Bowl. Money well spent.

"I'm not worried about the outside perception of our football team. I really don't care what critics or skeptics may think about us and where we stand," Aggies coach Mike Sherman said.

After two weeks of beating up two inferior teams, Maroon Nation is protecting its emotions and remains cautiously skeptical.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Mack Brown weighs in the Boise/TCU in the title mix debate.

In December, Texas -- or another name-brand power from the Big 12 -- still could be behind Boise State or TCU in the race to land a spot in the BCS National Championship Game. Would Brown be OK with seeing TCU or Boise -- teams from conferences without an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game -- play for a national title?

"The way the [BCS] rules are, absolutely," Brown said earlier this week. "If you don't like it, change the rules."

That represents a forward-thinking approach by a coach from a power conference toward up-and-coming schools that have shown the ability to play with the nation's best in recent seasons. It will be interesting to see if peers fall in line with that logic as the season unfolds.

Let's be clear. Brown is not downplaying the Longhorns' chances to play for a national title, and he firmly believes an undefeated Texas would -- and should -- trump an undefeated TCU or Boise State at the final ballot box in December. Just like in 2009.

 

Horns_bullet_mediumWhat a great place to get married.

With a Texas Longhorn tailgate party cast as their cathedral, and Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in the role of reception hall, Paul and Heather Escobedo said their wedding vows, Saturday.

Hours before Texas kicked off its first home football game of the season, the Escobedos walked down the aisle and lit the unity candle in a ceremony that featured traditional touches but was anything but conventional.

 

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