Sunday, September 02, 2007

Onside recovery helps Horns avoid stunning loss to visiting Indians

From the AP via ESPN:

It was ugly, ragged and a bit embarrassing. In the end, it was a win and the Texas Longhorns got to go to bed without the same sick feeling that must have hit the Michigan Wolverines.

Colt McCoy threw two first-quarter touchdown passes and the No. 4 Longhorns survived a sloppy 21-13 season-opening victory over Arkansas State on Saturday night, narrowly avoiding yet another huge upset on the day.

"It's not pretty and it's not the best," McCoy said. "But we're 1-0 and moving on."

Texas, which hopes to contend for the Big 12 and national titles, was an overwhelming favorite over the Indians, but found itself fighting to hold on in the final minute.

It was scary enough that the Longhorns were thankful not to be lumped into same category of shocking upset victim with No. 5 Michigan, which lost 34-32 at home to Appalachian State earlier in the day.

More here.

Here are a few season predictions. Texas won't win the national championship this year. Texas probably won't win the Big 12 this year. Texas probably won't even win the Big 12 South. Texas might not even beat the Aggies. As a wise football fan in Baytown once told me after a similarly disappointing Texas season opener several years back, "If you don't beat these piece of shit schools by forty or fifty points, you're just not going to win the national championship." True, very true.

I bet we beat Baylor, but that ain't sayin' much.

Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed crosses the goal line after taking a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Colt McCoy during first quarter action in their college football game against Arkansas State, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)(via ESPN)

Geaux Tigers!