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Longhorns keeping QB rotation for Sooners
Question of the Day
The game has been known to get the best of even good quarterbacks.
Texas’ Chris Simms went 26-6 as starter but was part of three straight losses to the Sooners. Texas was using a Simms-Major Applewhite rotation in 2000 when Oklahoma romped 63-14 (Applewhite started) and Simms started and finished losses in 2001 and 2002.
Simms was the first Texas quarterback since Bobby Layne in the 1940s to beat rival Texas A&M three times in his career, but his legacy was severely tarnished by the losses in the Cotton Bowl.
He never lost another game in leading the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship. Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford beat Texas as a freshman in 2007 but lost in 2008, the same year he won the Heisman Trophy, and was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury in 2009.
Ash told his teammates he has watched Texas-Oklahoma on TV but never attended the game. That means he has never pushed through the fans on the State Fair midway to get to the stadium, never been close to the teams storming onto the field through the same tunnel and never heard the ceaseless roar from the crowd.
Linebacker Emmanuel Acho told Ash to be ready for anything. Every touchdown, turnover and momentum shift can be matched in a heartbeat.
“Just don’t be shocked by anything,” Acho said “Just make sure you stay level-headed throughout the game.”
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