University of Texas football coach Mack Brown doesn’t wear the ring from his team’s 2005 national championship. “That’s part of the past,” he explains sagely. “Now we’re trying to win with this team.”
After the No. 1 Longhorns’ 56-31 annihilation of 11th-ranked Missouri in Austin Saturday night, it seems undefeated Texas is well on its way.
Fresh off their upset of nemesis Oklahoma, the Longhorns looked ready to make a statement.
The defense dropped New York Times blogger and Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel for a loss on the first play of the game, and it was all downhill from there for the Tigers. The Longhorns scored on their first five possessions, taking a 35-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. Born-to-be-a-Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy enjoyed a banner day. He threw 29-of-32 for 337 yards passing and one touchdown, and added two more from rushing. He also threw a record-setting 17 straight receptions, which garnered a standing ovation near the end of the game.
Though the lopsided game was a little boring, the hometown crowd of 98,393 was jubilant. “Where did this team come from?” wondered the Jekyl-and-Hyde fan who sat beside me, as she high-fived her friends after yet another scoring drive. Just moments before she was yelling, “You can’t block! You can’t tackle! Get him!”
Super fan Miguel Uribe loves the ‘Horns, win or lose. Every Friday during the season, he wears his orange getup to work. For games, he dresses in orange head-to-toe and supplements his outfit with a fuzzy wig, multiple strands of orange-and-white beads, and temporary tattoos.
“There’s nothing on me that’s not orange, even the underwear,” Miguel claims. “The ladies love it. They rub my wig for good luck. They play with my beads. I live for this. I love to be here in the middle of it all.”
Many fans stayed in the stadium to celebrate the Longhorns’ victory. They sang “The Eyes of Texas” and held their hands high in the “Hook ‘Em Horns” signal. They cheered wildly as the band played to the ESPN cameras, and they gazed fondly at the UT tower, glowing a victorious orange, as they left the stadium.
Elated band members looked ahead to the next game. As they marched into the tunnel, a barely audible chant matched the drum beat and permeated the night. “Beat the h— out of OSU, beat the h— out of OSU, beat the…”
The Longhorns’ take the field against undefeated Oklahoma State in Austin next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.