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Red River Latest: Aggies, Longhorns, Sooners

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Red River Latest: Aggies, Longhorns, Sooners

Texas wins a lineout against Texas A&M from November 2. Alex Goff photo.

The evidence that the University of Texas is getting better was shown in sharp relief Saturday as the Longhorns beat LSU 48-19 in Baton Rouge.

Having undergone several coaching changes over the last few years, the Longhorns team has found a little bit of stability, and focused on improving.

Under Head Coach Connally McKay, Texas has produced some effective pressure defense and shown some talent out wide. 

A week ago, after opening the game with a 12-0 lead, and then later losing to Texas A&M, McKay said: “they just need to keep it going for 80 minutes.”

What they also needed was to develop a little trust. Trust that the coaches would be around at the end of the season, or next season. Slowly the trust has been established, and the players are buying in. That showed on Saturday.

Aggies Now 2-0

Also this weekend, Texas A&M is now 2-0 after beating Baylor in Waco, Texas. Baylor led early thanks to a try from center Ben Lashley, which Luke Davis converted for a 7-0 lead after seven minutes. As they had the week before, A&M took a while to get the attack going, but No. 8 Michael Miller did get over at 26 minutes.

Baylor replied. David added a penalty kick and then wing Gordon Wilson scored    . David converted and Baylor led 17-5 at halftime.

As they had the week before, A&M made adjustments and controlled the second half. three reserves—Andrew Horn, Kade Ball, and Manual Zapata Sanchez—all logged tries. So did fullback Jeremy Brown, running in two as the Longhorns ran in five unconverted tries to win 30-17.

Sooners Win Again

North Texas opened its Red River account and was defeated by Oklahoma 41-8 in Norman, Okla. Neither team scored until 22 minutes in, when No. 8 Robert Ogilvie scored and flyhalf Robert Papenfus converted. Papenfus added a penalty before the break for a 10-0 halftime lead.

Ogilvie added a second try early in the second half, and then North Texas finally got on the board with a try from lock Charles Williams.

Oklahoma answered almost immediately through wing Jarek Szopinski. Then Ogilvie added his third, and then scrumhalf Alexander Leasau, followed by wing Collin Campbell, got over.  

UNT added a penalty goal but Oklahoma won comfortably.

Oklahoma and Texas A&M now lead the conference with 2-0 records.