Top-Ranked Texas takes care of Missouri

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: October 20, 2008

Bowl Championship HOUSTON — The University of Texas Longhorns football team continued to take care of business as the No. 1 ranked Horns took care of No. 11 ranked Missouri 56-31 Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 98,383 at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

With the victory, the Longhorns stand atop in the BCS standings released on Sunday, positioning themselves for a possible spot in the national championship game if they can remain unbeaten the remainder of the season.

Texas is in it’s second week of being ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today polls, marking the first time they have been in the top spot during the regualr season in 24 years.

The Longhorns, 7-0, are the overwhelming No. 1 team in the polls and the six computer rankings that compose the BCS formula. Texas has a BCS average .998 out of 1.000. Alabama is No. 2 at .949 and Penn Stae is a distant third at .867.

Quarterback Colt McCoy accounted for four touchdowns as the Longhorns defended their first regular season No. 1 ranking since 1984 with a dominating performance.

Texas is the fourth team to occupy the No. 1 spot this season, following Georgia, USC and Oklahoma. To stay in the top spot, Texas will have to win three more key Big 12 games at home against Oklahoma State this weekend, and traveling to Texas Tech, and playing against Kansas.

“You had to fight hard to get here,” Texas head coach Mack Brown told his players before the game. You’re going to have to fight harder to keep it.”

Saturday’s game against the Tigers was supposed to match two Heisman Trophy hopefuls in McCoy and Chase Daniel. It also was a possible preview of the Big 12 Championship game.

McCoy set a school record with 17 straight completions. Of his three incomplete pases, two were deflected, and the other was dropped. Daniel completed 31 of 41 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns.

Texas will prepare to put their No. 1 ranking on the line as they face monster receiver Dez Bryant (Lufkin High Panthers) and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday.