Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Ogbonnaya scores 2 TDs, saves another as No. 5 Texas cruises

From the AP via ESPN:

Ogbonnaya scored two touchdowns and saved another in the fifth-ranked Longhorns' 38-14 rout of the Buffaloes on Saturday night that sets up a matchup of unbeatens with top-ranked Oklahoma in Dallas next week.

The senior running back scored on a 65-yard dump-off and a 13-yard gallop through the befuddled Buffs' defense, then saved a score when he chased down cornerback Jalil Brown at the Texas 16 after an interception of Colt McCoy.

Ogbonnaya's trio of tremendous plays helped the Longhorns (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) take a 21-0 halftime lead and assured there would be no peeking toward next weekend's Red River Rivalry against the Sooners.

At least not until the game's end, when the Longhorns' contingent of fans chanted "Beat OU! Beat OU!" as the players gathered in the end zone for the school song.

"It's what these two teams should have at midseason. It's two top-five teams that are both playing really well," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "We'll have everybody in America talking about the game next week, and that's what we want."

More here.

Okay, by this point in the season last year, I was very much of the opinion that Texas just wasn't serious about winning football games. I mean, they won games and all, but by margins beneath their talent, and they clearly had problems with big games. They couldn't beat Oklahoma. Indeed, the last time the 'Horns beat OU was during their legendary 2005 season on the way to winning the national championship, led by Marvel Superhero and X-Men candidate Vince Young--I'll never forget the look of disgust on OU coach Bob Stoop's face; it was beautiful.

So why the hell am I talking about last season and OU for a post about Texas beating the Colorado Buffaloes? Even though Texas is still untested in that they really haven't played anybody on their level yet, it is now clear to me that the Longhorns are dead serious about winning football games this year. Last year there were a lot of sloppy mistakes, a lot of off-the-field bullshit, and it showed during games, lots of depressing comedy. Not this year. I mean, okay, there are still mistakes here and there, and there is weakness in the running game, and in the defensive secondary, but they're improving with every game. The 'Horns are focused and efficient in a businesslike way. No bullshit.

And taking care of business is what Texas did in their opening Big 12 game, on the road, which is always tough in this conference, unless it's against, say, Baylor. So Colt McCoy, "the Doctor" I like to call him, as in "Doctor McCoy," is no Vince Young, but he's looking damned good, buffed up, giving hits instead of taking them as he runs for yardage worthy of his predecessor. And he's fucking accurate. And man, our linemen, on both sides of the ball, are fucking scarey, in the good way--that's the most important part of the game, down in the trenches; linemen don't win games, but their performance provides the foundation upon which teams win.

Of course, none of this means that Texas will beat OU, but for the first time since '05, I'm feeling very good about our prospects. I'm feeling like it's going to be a good game; if they lose, Texas will look good doing it. But, as I'm sure you know, I really, really, really want the Longhorns to beat the Sooners. I really, really, really want to see Bob Stoops throw his stupid fucking OU sun visor down on the ground in disgust. I've really come to hate OU in ways that dwarf my disdain for Texas A&M. As my buddy Matt used to say, the reason the Aggies hate us so much is that they know that they're really only a secondary rivalry; OU is the primary rival, and I've come to fully understand that only in my adult life. Because OU sucks.

Beat the fuck out of 'em, Texas!!!

Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley, left, pulls in a pass for a touchdown over
Colorado cornerback Cha'pelle Brown in the first quarter of an NCAA college
football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)