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Posted September 7th, 2014

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Good morning. Breakfast is served.

It’s September 7th — 250 down, 115 to go.

And 20 till Texas’ Big 12 opener.

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YESTERDAY: Texas held BYU quarterback Taysom Hill to less than 200 passing yards and less than 100 rushing yards, yet still got blown out. Again. No. 14 (over 13-Stanford), No. 3 Oregon (over 7-Michigan State) and No. 16 Notre Dame (over Michigan) were big winners. No. 8 Ohio State was shocked by Virginia Tech, which was led by former Lake Travis/Texas Tech QB Michael Brewer. Both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer fell in their U.S. Open semifinals.

TODAY: The NFL kicks off its first Sunday (Texans-Redskins at noon, CBS; Cowboys-49ers at 3:25, Fox). The U.S. Open women’s final pits Serena Williams against Caroline Wozniacki.

TOMORROW: Monday Night Football’s traditional doubleheader (Giants at Lions, 6:10, ESPN; Chargers at Cardinals, 9:20, ESPN). Your U.S. Open men’s final will feature Kei Nishikori vs. Marin Cilic. You may google them now.

Sept. 7 has a sports history. On this date, 16-year-old Martina Hingis beat 17-year-old Venus Williams for the U.S. Open title (1997); MLB commissioner Fay Vincent resigned (1992); BYU’s Ty Detmer set a new NCAA career passing record with 11,606 yards (1991); longtime Texas Western College/UTEP basketball coach Don Haskins died (2008); so did THE Pop Warner (1954).

Last year on Sept. 7, there was the 40-21 road debacle in Provo for Texas. Here’s how our own Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden opened their respective columns from the game:

Bohls: “I’ve got good news and bad news from Texas’ first road football game of the year. The bad news is that this looked nothing like an upset. The Longhorns just got blown out, plain and simple. The good news is … well, I lied. There is no good news. It’s only bad.”

Golden: “Texas still can’t tackle. How can that be?”

And here’s what Kirk and Ced had to say today, after last night’s latest Texas loss to BYU:

Bohls: “A year after Texas was humiliated by BYU in the rain-soaked Wasatch Mountains of Utah, Longhorns players vowed the rematch would be different. They were right. Sadly, this one was worse.”

Golden: “Strong came in here saying it was time to put the T back in Texas. How about putting the T back in tackle?”

Today’s sports birthdays: Kevin Love (26) and Antonio McDyess (40). Other notables: Evan Rachel Wood (27), Shannon Elizabeth (41), Chrissie Hynde (63) and Julie “Marge Simpson” Kavner (64).

TODAY’S TRIVIA: Who has won more Grand Slam titles — Venus Williams or Martina Hingis? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)

TODAY’S LEAD: TEXAS FOOTBALL. One step forward (North Texas), two steps back (BYU). That’s the big takeaway from Saturday’s 41-7 loss at DKR. Here’s today’s Texas Top 10 thoughts, observations and tidbits out of the game:

(1) 2013 vs. 2014, which is worse? Last year’s 40-21 debacle in Provo literally changed lives, from David Ash‘s concussion to Manny Diaz‘s firing. How should Longhorn Nation be feeling about Saturday’s 34-point drubbing in Austin?

It was Texas’ worst home loss since the 66-3 blowout to UCLA in 1997. And the TD pass late in the third quarter helped avoid the first shutout loss at DKR since November 1976, back when Darrell Royal was still coaching the Longhorns. Saturday’s loss was the worst of Charlie Strong‘s career.

What did the Horns have to say about this loss?

Strong: “It’s an embarrassment. It’s an embarrassment to this program, it’s an embarrassment to this university, and I knew it and I didn’t do anything about it. And I take responsibility and all the blame for this loss. I knew during warmups we weren’t ready to play. I called the team up and told them, ‘We’re not ready to play. Our focus isn’t there. We’re getting ready to play a really good football team and we’re going to get embarrassed if we don’t watch out,’ and that’s what happened tonight.”

Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford: “How wounded is the pride? For one day. You know what? If your pride gets in your way, then you’re going to have some problems. It makes for a long year. I told the defense this — you’ve got today, you’ve got tomorrow to watch that video and then it’s time to move on to UCLA because the team we’re going to play is pretty doggone good. We have another athletic quarterback, and we have to be ready to play.”

Defensive tackle Malcom Brown: “It’s real frustrating, but you can’t really do anything about it. The game’s over and we’ve got to focus on UCLA now.”

Assistant head coach for the offense/quarterbacks coach/Texas play-caller/unofficial and definitely not titled offensive coordinator Shawn Watson: “We knew what our situation was going in, with all we’ve been through this week. Tyrone did, I thought, a great job in his first start. I saw a lot of things that we can build on. I’m really encouraged by what I saw in his play.”

Cornerback Quandre Diggs: “We are going to bounce back. That’s what we’ve got to do and that’s what we will do. It’s Game 2. We’ve got another big one next week and we are just going to put our head down and continue to grind.”

Wide receiver John Harris: “It hurts a lot. It almost feels like we went back to Utah and lost that game again. It hurts a lot, but we’re going to move on from it, we’re going to learn from it, and we’re going to move on to the next one and get the next win.”

Linebacker Jordan Hicks: “Not a team effort at all. Nobody played the way they should have. Defense didn’t step up the way they should have. Offense didn’t step up the way it should have and neither did the special teams. Last week was a great team win and this week was not.”

(2) Big play watch. Taysom Hill gashed Texas for 259 rushing yards in 2013, with 10 runs that went for more than 10 yards. He had only three big runs of 10 or more yards this time — runs of 18, 10 and 30 yards, the 30-yarder ending with the big hurdle over a Texas defender right in front of the endzone. Hill had a pass for 27 yards, but nothing else more than 14. Jamaal Williams had a 31-yard run and a 16-yarder, and Adam Hine had a 16-yarder too. Over on the Texas side, the two longest runs went for 16 (Malcolm Brown) and 14 (Tyrone Swoopes), and Swoopes had a 22-yard pass.

Hill’s final numbers: 181 passing yards and a pick, 99 rushing yards and 3 TDs. A 66-yard TD run was called back.

“I never know what Taysom is going to do at the end of the play,” BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “There’s times where I wish he would slide and then he’ll hurdle someone and score a touchdown and then you don’t want him to slide. Then there are some plays where he’ll slide and they’ll hit him hard. He has a great instinct. I’ve tried to just stay out of his way and help build his confidence. He’s seeing things really well right now.”

Hill’s numbers, through two games: 46 of 63 for 489 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception, plus 36 carries for 196 yards and 5 TDs rushing.

(3) The Swoopes era begins. How did Swoopes react when he found out he’d be starting the game? “I just thought in my mind that I have to get ready, because the team is relying on me to be the quarterback to step up. I stepped up, and in the future I think we will be fine.”

Since start of the 2010 season — the year after the national championship game loss to Alabama — there have been four different starting quarterbacks, spanning an era of Greg Davis, Bryan Harsin, Major Applewhite and Shawn Watson as QB coaches, offensive coordinators and play-callers. How those four quarterbacks have fared in their first games:

Garrett Gilbert: 14-23-172, 0/0; 2-11 rushing; beat Rice, 34-17 (Sept. 4, 2010)

Case McCoy: 12-15-168, 2/0; 1-2 rushing; beat UCLA, 49-20 (Sept. 17, 2011)

David Ash: 22-40-139, 0/2; 15-21 rushing; lost to Oklahoma State, 38-26 (Oct. 15, 2011)

Tyrone Swoopes: 20-31-176, 1/1; 7-0 rushing; lost to BYU, 41-7 (Sept. 6, 2014)

(4) Texas’ top play of the game. Diggs’ big pick right at the end of the first half. It was a beautifully defended pass, it wiped away a BYU touchdown and it was the difference between the Longhorns trailing 6-0 at halftime and trailing 13-0 at halftime, knowing the Cougars were going to get the ball to start the second half.

(5) Five phases of the game (and who won them): Offense (BYU, 429-258), Defense (BYU), Special Teams (Push), Turnovers (BYU, 4-2) and 3rd-Down Conversions (BYU, which was 7 of 14; Texas was 3 of 15).

More often than not, whoever wins most of those five phases ends up winning the game.

(6) Offensive game ball: WR John Harris. Again. For the second straight week, only this time with a different quarterback, the fifth-year senior led Texas in receiving. He had 8 catches for 77 yards and the Longhorns’ only touchdown. Through two games, Harris has 15 catches for 187 yards and two scores. Previous game balls: Harris (UNT)

(7) Defensive game ball: DT Malcom Brown. Match up against BYU’s true freshman center, Brown dominated — 11 tackles, 5 for loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble. Previous game balls: LB Jordan Hicks (UNT)

(8) Toeing the line. BYU was favored by 2 and ended up winning by 34.

(9) Sweet tweet. From Michael Corcoran (@michaelcorcoran) — “This year’s Heisman might come down to comparing how bad each candidate beat Texas.”

(10) Milestones. Jaxon Shipley‘s 36 yards made him one of only eight Longhorns to top 2,000 receiving yards for their career. He now has 2,012 yards and sits at No. 8 on the all-time list; he needs 267 more to catch Kwame Cavil, who had 2,279 yards from 1997-99. … Malcom Brown’s 11 tackles and three sacks were career highs, and forced the first fumble of his career as well. … Quandre Diggs‘ interception late in the first half was his first pick since the 2012 Holiday Bowl. … DE Shiro Davis has a sack in each of the first two games. … Johnathan Gray passed former Horns Colt McCoy, Tommy Ford and Darryl Clark on Saturday to move into the No. 23 spot on UT’s career rushing list, with 1,610 yards. … Former walk-on safety Dylan Haines made his first career start. He had five tackles. … Lorenzo Joe made his first career catch, for 22 yards. … With Dominic Espinosa‘s consecutive games started streak snapped at 40, DE Cedric Reed‘s 21 straight starts now leads the team.

Texas falls to 1-1. BYU improves to 2-0.

Up next for Texas: UCLA, on Saturday, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (7, Fox).

Our game coverage: Bohls wrote big picture ($), saying that if this is who Texas will be moving forward, then the best we can hope for is just making a bowl game. Golden wrote on the defense’s 28-point third quarter ($). We also wrote on Swoopes’ first game ($), and had a Longhorns notebook ($).

How others covered it: The Dallas Morning News thinks six wins and a bowl game might be a reach and the San Antonio Express-News called the loss a reality check. On the other side of the Texas-BYU coverage fence, the Salt Lake Tribune wondered how the win might affect Hill’s Heisman chances and the Deseret News wrote about the big 28-point third-quarter explosion.

BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas State: 1-0, 2-0 overall

Oklahoma: 0-0, 2-0

TCU: 0-0, 1-0

Baylor: 0-0, 2-0

Texas Tech: 0-0, 2-0

Kansas: 0-0, 1-0

Oklahoma State: 0-0, 1-1

Texas: 0-0, 1-1

West Virginia: 0-0, 1-1

Iowa State: 0-2, 0-1

Yesterday’s results — 4-Oklahoma 52, Tulsa 7; 20-Kansas State 32, Iowa State 28; Oklahoma State 40, Missouri State 23; Kansas 34, Southeast Missouri State 28; BYU 41, Texas 7; West Virginia 54, Towson 0; Baylor 70, Northwestern 6; Texas Tech 30, UTEP 26.

Big 12’s fantasy triplets — Baylor QB Seth Russell (16-25-438, 5 TDs); Texas Tech RB Justin Stockton (8-135-1); Baylor WR KD Cannon (6-223-3).

This week’s games:

Baylor vs. Buffalo (Friday)
Texas vs. UCLA (Arlington)
Texas Tech vs. Arkansas
TCU vs. Minnesota
Oklahoma vs. Tennessee
Oklahoma State vs. UTSA
Iowa State at Iowa
West Virginia at Maryland
Kansas at Duke

AROUND THE FORTY ACRES: A quick sweep of UT teams.

Volleyball: No. 3 Texas beat No. 11 Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, 3-1. Chiaka Ogbogu (11 kills, career-high nine blocks) and Cat McCoy (20 digs) led the way. Next up for Texas is No. 23 Arizona (7, Friday) in the Longhorns’ home opener, then against Central Florida at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Women’s basketball: Perhaps Texas’ best player, Imani McGee-Stafford, will be out at least until January after she had surgery on her injured leg on Friday.

ON SEPT. 7 …

2008: The U.S. Government took control of the country’s two largest mortgage financing companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

1963: The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Venus Williams has won seven career Grand Slam singles titles. Martina Hingis won five.

TODAY’S LITTLE NUMBER: 1. Top 10-ranked teams that lost in Week 2 — No. 8 Ohio State.

TODAY’S BIGGER NUMBER: 8-5. The Big Ten’s collective record vs. non-conference teams in Week 2. Other Power Five conference marks — the SEC was 11-0, the ACC was 11-0, the Pac-12 was 9-1, and the Big 12 was 6-1.

TODAY’S BIG NUMBER: 9. Career interceptions for Quandre Diggs.

OK, Breakfast is over. Thanks for stopping by.

Correction: An earlier version of this blog incorrectly stated that James Earl Jones died in 2006. Robert Earl Jones, his father, died in 2006.

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