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Another cupcake for UT

By Michael Corcoran, Fri., Sept. 14, 2012

Daje Johnson
Daje Johnson
Photo courtesy of University of Texas

Saturday's 45-0 victory over the New Mexico Lobos, a team that has won four games in four years, concludes the Mountain West Conference portion of the Longhorns schedule. Texas (2-0) paid a million dollars to the university of the state best known as where Breaking Bad takes place, just so the Horns could keep mountin' W's. Don't meth with Texas!

In 2015 and 2016, Texas opens the season against Notre Dame, but until then the idea is to keep spending more money on cupcakes than the governor of New Jersey. Remember, this is a regime that canceled an opener against Hawaii a few years back because it was afraid of an upset. Talk about your tiny bubbles. The first two games of 2012 were all about getting sophomore QB David Ash comfortable – and keeping Texas in the Top 20 – before a three-week run (Sept. 29-Oct. 13) against Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and Oklahoma that will show us what kind of team we really have.

So far during this Longhorn Network hostage negotiation period, Ash has struggled with his deep balls, but his short curls were almost perfect. Numbers against N.M.: 16 of 22 for 221 yards and no picks. Those stats were padded by a 45-yard flip pass to true freshman Daje Johnson, who was suspended for the opening game because he didn't mention either Family Guy, Lil Wayne, or Remember the Titans as a personal favorite in the Longhorns media guide. The Pflugerville Hendrickson product is reminiscent of Ramonce Taylor from the 2005 national championship team – and not just because of the off-field issues.

Although the defense, led by future first-rounders Jackson Jeffcoat, Kenny Vaccaro, and Quandre Diggs, held Loss Lobos to a turquoise ring on the scoreboard, Manny's Pack o' Wow didn't really factor until the second half. They'll have a much tougher time this Saturday against Ole Miss, which has an emerging star in quarterback Bo Wallace. After the Rebels beat University of Texas at El Paso 28-10 Saturday, UTEP coach Mike Price deemed the Ole Miss offense even better than Oklahoma, which beat UTEP 24-7 in the season opener.

Ole Miss is an SEC foe better known for its tailgating in the Grove than gyrating in the end zone, but an upset is not out of the question. A hundred thousand folks are going to be partying before the game and, by the looks of all the Confederate flags, it won't be because they're celebrating this month's 50th anniversary of James Meredith integrating the school. But Ole Miss is a college of great tradition. William Faulkner went there, as did two characters played by Sandra Bullock in the movies (A Time To Kill and The Blind Side). The speed limit on campus is 18 mph after the number Archie Manning wore. (It's fortunate they didn't go with Michael Oher's No. 74.)

Thankfully, we're done with the LHN nonsense for awhile. It's Texas vs. Ole Miss on ESPN, Saturday night at 8:15pm.

The 14th-ranked Horns will be favored, but not in the worst-case-scenario gourd that sits on my shoulders. Anything can happen on the football field, right Arkansas? The problem with feasting on pastries before the main course is that you may lose your appetite for destruction.

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