Culpepper Commentary: New-found energy should carry Texas to victory

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By Pat Culpepper, Inside Texas Special Contributor
Posted Nov 2, 2012
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Texas Tech gave it their best shot against Kansas State and lost, while Texas had a headache and barely pulled out a win over Kansas - a team that hasn't won a Big 12 game in a year and a half! Seth Doege is no longer a Heisman candidate and the Texas defense has long since been exposed. Welcome to the real world.


Next to Baylor's Terrance Williams, the Red Raiders' Eric Ward at 6-0, 203 pounds is as good of a threat at wideout as Texas has seen. Since Texas A&M no longer will go to West Texas, the Longhorns have taken the Aggies' place as the team Raider fans love to hate.

Because of the collapse of the Longhorn defense as far as the outside sports world is concerned, this is thought to be a high-scoring contest.

I might be losing it, or I am blinded by something I saw Saturday - but Case McCoy, who won Mack Brown's biggest victory in 2011 at College Station, might have lit the fire this football team needs. Case was ready when the call came Saturday and his energy and leadership ability made a difference. It might just be what the Texas team needed.

There are some defensive players at Texas getting better. Don't laugh. Those who have gotten better include: Steve Edmond at middle linebacker, and Desmond Jackson, Malcolm Brown and Ashton Dorsey up front. Of course, Alex Okafor is making plays, and finally cornerbacks Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom have awakened from their post Oklahoma nightmare.

So this is what I expect in Lubbock - Case McCoy to be on fire with Johnathan Gray taking many snaps at running back and the Texas defense having its greatest day of the season.

The change in quarterbacks with 9:41 left in the game against Kansas was gutsy by Mack Brown and it was just the pressure-packed change that will give Texas the new life they need to go to Lubbock. David Ash looked tired of the disappointments and the pressure of being the quarterback at Texas. Case McCoy was excited and ready and the Longhorns should be energized to make their move. I call it Texas 38, Texas Tech 27.

If Case doesn't start, Ash better be out of his funk!



Pat Culpepper played for The University from 1960-62 and graduated from UT with a B.A. degree with honors in history. He coached college football for 12 years as an assistant at Texas, Colorado, Tulane, Baylor and Memphis State and was head coach at Northern Illinois from 1976-79. He also spent 16 years as a high school coach in Texas at Midland, Lufkin, Galveston Ball, Westfield and his hometown of Cleburne. He was selected to the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1991. His commentary appears regularly in the Inside Texas magazine and at


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