Texas faces familiar challenge

Originally Published: November 11, 2003
By Mark Wangrin | Special to
The Longhorns are back in the mix for a BCS bowl and even, dare they say it, a shot at a national title rematch against Oklahoma. But after falling short in similar situations the last two years, they're not about to start rejoicing.

For the third straight year the Longhorns have rebounded from a midseason loss to Oklahoma to find themselves alive in the BCS and national title picture entering the second full week of November. Two years ago they self-destructed against Colorado. Last year they melted down against Texas Tech.

"We were talking about the BCS and national championships last year when we went to Tech," Coach Mack Brown said. "We ought to understand that stuff. You get what you deserve at the end. Right now it's just barbershop talk. There were four teams in the top 10 that probably talked about it some last week."