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October 14, 2013

Losing Longhorns changing their tune

DALLAS — Texas quarterback Case McCoy knew his last game in the Red River Rivalry would go a long way in determining how he will be remembered as a Longhorn.

After a 36-20 victory over Oklahoma, the only win for McCoy and this group of Texas seniors, the tone of their final season has suddenly changed.

“I am excited about what comes after this game. You can study the history of Texas and when we win this game our season tends to go where we want. When we don’t win, you can see how it has gone the last couple of years,” McCoy said. “ We proved not only to everyone else, but also to ourselves that we can play with the best of them. That’s where we are at right now.”

While their national title chances were pretty much gone with big losses to BYU and Mississippi before getting into conference play, the Longhorns (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) still have plenty to play for after a dominating victory Saturday to end Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak in the series that included Texas being outscored 118-38 the last two years. A victory over the Sooners also, at least temporarily, suppresses all that gloomy speculation about whether Mack Brown’s 16th season in Austin will be his last.

Even so, Brown insisted this win over the Sooners was special because of the Texas seniors who finally got to hold the Golden Hat trophy over their heads and what they can still accomplish in their careers.

“Number one, it puts us 3-0 in the league and still have a chance to win the Big 12 and go to a BCS game,” Brown said. “That is very, very important to these guys and has been since January. That is what they have talked about every day and what they have worked for and this team has worked as hard as any team we have had.”

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