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Breakfast with Bevo: Is Swoopes ready for his first Texas-OU game?

Posted October 8th, 2014

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Good morning. Breakfast is served.

It’s October 8th — 281 down, 84 to go.

And 2 till ACL’s second festival weekend begins.

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YESTERDAY: The National League wrapped up its divisional playoffs, as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers and the Giants beat the Nationals, both by 3-2 scores. Josh Beckett, a former World Series MVP who threw a no-hitter this May, said he’s going to retire. Kansas State’s Bill Snyder turned 75.  And Brian Davis and Ryan Autullo held their weekly Longhorns chat. Here’s the replay.

TODAY: The MLB playoffs take a day off, but the ALCS and NLCS is set; the Royals and Orioles start on Friday, the Giants and Cardinals on Saturday. In other today news, we’ve got a Beatle in town; Ringo Starr plays the ACL Live tonight. And Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden hold their weekly chat at 11 a.m.

TOMORROW: The Houston Texans play the Indianapolis Colts (7:30, CBS, NFL Network, 1300).

Oct. 8 has a sports history. On this date, Raiders owner Al Davis died (2011); Miami’s Dan Marino broke Fran Tarkenton’s NFL career completions record (1995); the Columbia Lions ended their 44-game losing streak with a 16-13 win over Princeton (1988); Philly’s Harold Carmichael began his streak of catching a pass in 127 straight games (1972); and Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw the first no-hitter and perfect game in World Series history, 2-0 over the Brooklyn Dodgers (1956).

On Oct. 8, 1977, third-string quarterback Randy McEachern came off the bench to help lead Texas to a 13-6 win over Oklahoma. Johnnie Johnson’s fourth-down tackle inside the 5 saved the win.

Today’s sports birthdays: 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam (40), three-time Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer Matt Biondi (49) and former Patriots quarterback Tony Eason (55). Other notables:  Bruno Mars (29), Matt Damon (44), Sigourney Weaver (65), Chevy Chase (71) and Jesse Jackson (73).

TODAY’S TRIVIA: Birthday boy Chevy Chase was one of seven original cast members of “Saturday Night Live,” back in 1975. Can you name the others? Hint: There were four men, three women. (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)

TODAY’S LEAD: TEXAS-OU. Lots of storylines are floating around Saturday’s game, for both sides. One of Texas’ biggest revolves around quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, who’s about to make his first career start in this rivalry series as the Longhorns’ starting quarterback.

Heading in, expectations are low. As they should be. Texas is averaging 13.5 points a game with Swoopes as its starter, and the sophomore ranks fifth in the Big 12 (66th nationally) in completion percentage, ninth in the Big 12 (T-78th nationally) in completions per game, and ninth in the Big 12 in passing efficiency (97th nationally).

Through his four games since taking over for David Ash, Swoopes has completed 79 of 133 passes for 734 yards, with five TDs and three picks.

This, of course, is a special game. How have the Longhorns’ last five starters fared in their first Texas-OU game?

Here have been those quarterbacks’ Red River debuts:

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Vince Young (2004)

No. 2 Oklahoma 12, No. 5 Texas 0

Young, coming off a 15-of-20, 189-yard, two-touchdown 44-14 win over Baylor, saw OU’s Adrian Peterson (225 rushing yards) dominate the day in Dallas. Young was only 8 of 23 for 86 yards, and he added 54 rushing yards. It was Texas’ first shutout in 282 games, ending the longest streak in the country, and it was the Sooners’ fifth straight over Texas. Of the Longhorns’ 12 drives that day, seven ended with punts, three ended with lost fumbles, one ended on downs and another ended with the first half.

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Colt McCoy (2006)

No. 7 Texas 28, No. 14 Oklahoma 10

McCoy, in his redshirt freshman season, had lost to Ohio State one month ealier in what was his first big test as Young’s successor. He rallied the Longhorns past the Sooners in the second half, throwing a pair of third quarter touchdowns to Limas Sweed and Jordan Shipley. McCoy was 11 of 18 for 108 yards on the day.

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Garrett Gilbert (2010)

No. 8 Oklahoma 28, No. 21 Texas 20

Gilbert, one season removed from the national championship game loss to Alabama, took a 3-1 record into Dallas as McCoy’s replacement. The redshirt freshman was 27 of 41 for 265 yards. He didn’t throw a touchdown and was picked off once. That season, of course, would dovetail to a 5-7 finish, with losses in five of the final seven games after OU.

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Case McCoy (2011)

No. 3 Oklahoma 55, No. 11 Texas 17

McCoy struggled in his first start against the Sooners — 9 of 16 for 116 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions and he was sacked three times — before giving way to true freshman David Ash, who didn’t fare much better (11 of 20 for 107 yards, one touchdown, two picks and four sacks).

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David Ash (2012)

No. 13 Oklahoma 63, No. 15 Texas 21

Ash, making his first start against the Sooners, was 13 of 29 for 113 yards and a pair of interceptions before he was injured in the fourth quarter with Oklahoma leading, 56-8. McCoy came on for the final two drives and threw touchdowns in each, one to Mike Davis and one to John Harris on the final play of the game.

We wrote today about Swoopes’ prospects and thoughts on his first Texas-OU game ($), and Golden also wrote about some of the seniors’ belief that Texas just needs more “dogs” in the locker room ($).

OPPOSITION RESEARCH: OKLAHOMA. What’s up in Norman? Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News wrote that of all the Top 10 upset victims of last Saturday, the Sooners have the best chance of still making the four-team playoff. The Longhorns won’t see OU running back Keith Ford on the field; he’s not yet recovered from a broken fibula suffered against Tennessee last month, and was ruled out on Tuesday. The Daily Oklahoman had a nice read on Sooners defensive end Chuka Ndulue.

AROUND THE BIG 12: Baylor’s got a big one at home Saturday against TCU, and the Waco Tribune-Herald wrote about what homefield advantages new McLane Stadium brings to the table. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal wrote about the tinkering that’s being done to the Red Raiders’ receiving corps. The Kansas City Star wrote about Kansas State’s improved — bordering on surprising — defense, while Kansas longs to get its running game going. The Daily Oklahoman wrote about Oklahoma State receiver James Washington, another Texan from a small town (Stamford) who’s doing good things in Stillwater.

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

Volleyball: No. 2 Texas swept Baylor last night. Here’s our game story ($). The Longhorns (12-0, 4-0), who never trailed by a single point, were led by Amy Neal (four aces, six digs) and Haley Eckerman and Chiaka Ogbogu, who had seven kills each. Next up for Texas is Texas Tech on Thursday (7 p.m., Gregory Gym, LHN).

“We’re not talking about being overconfident, we’re talking about what we need to do,” coach Jerritt Elliott said. “We’ve got a really good group of girls that understands what it takes to be great, and they want that.”

Men’s golf: No. 16 Texas finished in fifth at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational in Fort Worth. Both Beau Hossler (70-71-70-211), who was sixth individually, and Gavin Hall (67-73-74-223), who tied for seventh, had top-10 finishes. Next up for Texas is the U.S. Collegiate Championship in Atlanta, Oct. 17-19.

Texas slipped from third to fifth in the final round.

“This wasn’t a great tournament for us,” head coach John Fields said. “We know we are a great team, but we are not exempt from learning and gaining experiences to make us better for the future. … We will get it right. There are a lot of great teams in collegiate golf right now. If we don’t bring our best, we won’t win.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: The original 1975 cast of “Saturday Night Live” — also known as the Not Ready For Prime Time Players — consisted of Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtain, Gilda Radner and Laraine Newman.

If your answer included Bill Murray, you were wrong. Murray replaced Chase on the cast in 1976.

ON OCT. 8 …

2001: The Office of Homeland Security was established, almost one month to the day after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

1991: Croatia voted to sever ties with Yugoslavia, making it totally independent.

1982: The Broadway musical “Cats” opened. It ran for nearly 18 years before closing in September 2000.

TODAY’S LITTLE NUMBER: 2-2. The combined Big 12 records for Texas and Oklahoma, both of whom are 1-1 after losses last week

TODAY’S BIGGER NUMBER: 19. The Texas-OU series is tied for the 19th most played rivalry in college football. Saturday will be the 109th meeting.

TODAY’S BIG NUMBER: 20. The number of sacks for Texas, through five games. That’s tied for third in the country.

OK, Breakfast is over. Thanks for stopping by.

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