Missouri game honors and notes
Oct. 25, 2009
Players of the Week
Special Teams Honors
Mack Brown: "I can't say enough about how proud I am of the kids and the way they played at Missouri. The week after the Oklahoma game is as tough and difficult as it comes and to be 12-0 during that week the last 12 years says a lot about the experience of our staff and how hard our kids work. With so much on the line in the Texas-OU game and how physical it is, the kids are tired and sore and have to get over it in a hurry and be ready for another game. That week has a huge impact on our program and the kids did a great job handling it again this year."
"We spent last week preaching to the kids how important getting a quick start was. We wanted them to play with confidence. We've had great success on the road winning more than 75 percent of our road games over the last 11 years (54-17/76.1% on road since 1999, best in the nation). I was really proud of how the guys came out and put in another dominant performance on the road. We got ahead early and that allowed us to get a lot of guys in the game and continue to build on our depth. Getting experience in a tough Big 12 road environment provides invaluable experience for our younger guys."
On Colt McCoy: "He's been sick some, had the flu and then a cold, he's been banged up a little bit and he's been working with some new guys at receiver. But, on Saturday you could you could see things coming together. We're starting to get our timing down, the chemistry is coming together and Colt and the offense had a great day."
On BCS Standings: "When you see so many teams struggling every week it allows you to send a strong message to your team that they better do a good job preparing. You have to play well every week in order to survive to move forward. People ask about the rankings all of the time, but our concern right now is to have a great week of practice and go to Stillwater and try to win a tough Big 12 South road game. The rankings are of no concern at all because we do know unless we do our business, those numbers will not look good. We're not worried about everybody else, we're worried about us."
TAMING THE TIGERS: The Texas defense held a Missouri offense that was averaging 405.0 total yards per game to just 173 total yards. Missouri came into the game ranked 14th nationally in passing offense at 283.2 yards per game, but the Horns only allowed 99 passing yards, Missouri's lowest output in 50 games.
FAST START: Missouri entered the Texas game allowing 336.8 yards and 20 points per game. The Horns got out of the gates fast against that defense, recording 285 yards and 35 points by halftime. Colt McCoy's 213 passing yards at halftime were more than the 209 yards per game the Tigers were averaging for the season.
MATCHING MANNING: With a victory at Missouri Colt McCoy improved his career record to 39-7 as the starting QB at Texas, matching Peyton Manning for second place on the NCAA all-time QB victory list. McCoy needs four wins to break David Greene's (Georgia) national mark for career wins.
ONE-TWO PUNCH: Texas' offense is the nation's leading scoring unit at 41.9 points per game while its defense ranks second nationally in total defense allowing just 235.6 yards per game.
BALANCED ATTACKS: Texas leads the nation in scoring differential. The Longhorns have scored 293 points (41.9 ppg) and allowed 95 (13.6 ppg) for a 198-point (28.3 ppg) advantage. The closest challenger is Cincinnati with a 189-point (27.0 ppg) differential (285 score/96 allowed) and Boise State at 181-point (25.9 ppg) differential (283 scored/102 allowed).
POINT OF EMPHASIS: Forcing more turnovers was a point of emphasis for Texas this season and it's off to a great start in that category. The Longhorns' 21 forced turnovers are tied for fifth-best nationally (Texas' 12 interceptions are tied for eighth, and nine fumble recoveries are tied for 13th). That compares to Texas' seven-game total of 10 forced turnovers (five interceptions and five fumble recoveries) in 2008. As a matter of fact, Texas' 21 forced turnovers are already more than the 16 the Horns forced in the entire 2008 season.
STINGY D: Over the last four games, the Texas defense has allowed an average of 166 total yards per game. Overall during that stretch, the Horns have given up just 664 yards on 232 plays (2.9 ypp).
STOPPING THE RUN: Over the last five games, Texas has allowed just 103 rushing yards on 128 carries (0.8 ypc).
PICK PERCENTAGE: Since the fourth quarter of the Texas Tech game, UT's opponents have thrown 136 passes and Texas has intercepted 11 of them, or one in every 12.4 passing attempts.