SUNDAY morning brought confirmation via MyStatesman.com that Saturday actually did happen in Dallas.
The roller coaster Longhorns took the Oklahoma Sooners behind the proverbial woodshed in what goes down as Texas’ most impressive performance in a game of this magnitude since they knocked off then top-ranked OU 45-35 in 2008 and later won the Fiesta Bowl over Ohio State.
Now we’ll see how this current bunch can deal with success. They get a week off, which will be spent listening to everyone rave about that huge win, but can the Big 12’s first-place team avoid a massive letdown at TCU on Oct. 26?
LATE Saturday night, I caught a replay of a Mack Brown interview on Sirius Radio’s College Football Nation. Mack was his usual quotable self during the spot, but one thing really stuck out.
When host Braden Gall informed Brown that he and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops have an identical 154 victories at their respective schools, Brown said he would take that as a compliment because he considers Stoops a definite Hall of Fame coach.
He then added, “It’s been fun to compete against him each year.”
It’s been fun?
To these ears, Brown sounded like a man who might have just coached his last Texas-OU game. There was a tone of reflection in his voice, and the reason I bring this up is Brown has always been cautious about answering questions that involve legacy or reflection on his career. His stock answer has always been along the lines of, “I’ll have to sit down once I’m finished coaching and look at it then.”
I taped the interview and listened to it at least a dozen times. Maybe it was just Mack taking time out to compliment Stoops. Or maybe he was paying tribute to his longtime rival because he knows it was their final Red River Rivalry meeting.
I’m not sure which, and Mack will certainly insist he will be here until 2020, the end of his contract. Just thought I’d share.
AS THE burnt-orange love rang down from the stands of the half-empty Cotton Bowl, Kirk Bohls pointed down toward the field.
“There’s DeLoss,” he said.
It was DeLoss Dodds for sure. Texas’ retiring athletic director was walking toward the tunnel, shaking hands and waving to fans. It was a great moment for DD, who helped build the Texas brand into a Fort Knox of college athletics. Or the Joneses, if you will.
While Brown improved his record against the Sooners to 7-9 — he’s 6-9 against Stoops — Dodds will retire with a 15-16-2 record in 33 football meetings against Oklahoma, which includes a 7-9 record against current OU athletic director Joe Castiglione.
His best runs were a four-game winning streak from 1989 to 1992 and a 4-1 edge from 2005 to 2009 that included a national championship, a pair of Big 12 titles and two appearances in the BCS title game.
CASE McCoy holds the distinction of being the most confident 6-4 quarterback in college football history, and after Saturday’s win, you could hardly blame him. He’s always carried himself like Joe Namath, but the bravado always seemed a bit over the top, given that he’s spent most of his career wearing a ball cap instead of a helmet.
That should change for the rest of the season. McCoy has earned the right to be the starter, even if/when David Ash is cleared. Ash holds the edge in arm strength and scrambling ability, but Case holds the edge in wins over Oklahoma.
That’s more than enough to give him the nod.
If I’m Mack, I would encourage Ash to take his time coming back from the concussion issues and maybe even seek a medical redshirt, which would give him another two years behind center — that is, if he decides to continue playing. It’s Case’s team now.
NFL fans pay a lot of money to watch their teams, and they have a right to cheer or boo whenever they choose.
The Houston Texans fans are some of the classiest in the league, but there were a certain few who deserve to be ripped for cheering when quarterback Matt Schaub went down with a leg injury during Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The Texans were trailing 31-6 at the time of the injury, and the fans should boo to high heaven when a team as talented as Houston is getting worked by a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in eight years.
But even though Schaub has stunk it up this season for sure, he deserves better from the fan base. Boo him when plays badly, but keep it classy when he’s hurt.
“When people react like that, it’s barbaric,” linebacker Brian Cushing told reporters after the game.
One question for those foul few: You do realize that T.J. Yates is your other option, right?