Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Texas out to avoid Red River rout

DALLAS — All that matters to Texas coach Mack Brown this week is trying to win a game. But that hasn't always been an easy task the second Saturday in October in the Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma.

With so much speculation about whether Brown's job is in jeopardy, a win by the Longhorns (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) over Bob Stoops and the 12th-ranked Sooners (5-0, 2-0) today at the State Fair of Texas would certainly settle things down, at least temporarily.

"None of that matters," Brown said. "Winning matters."

A fourth straight loss by the Longhorns to Oklahoma, especially another lopsided one like the last two years, would only accelerate a panic.

This will be the 15th meeting between Brown and Stoops. Oklahoma is 9-5 in the series under Stoops, with wins by 38 and 42 points the last two seasons and a 52-point victory 10 years ago.

"Anytime you win, there's positive memories," Stoops said. "Over 15 years, we've won our share here, so those are always fun."

Asked if the bigger challenge was facing Oklahoma or his own team, Brown said: "It's with us. We have got to continue to get better. … We have got a lot of things we have got to fix."

Oregon faces test: The 5-0 Ducks, who have scored at least 55 points in all five games this year, have won nine in a row over Washington, with each decided by at least 17 points.

Coach Steve Sarkisian's No. 16 Huskies (4-1) may finally have the tools to combat the problems No. 2 Oregon presents. No longer should the Ducks speedy offense be unfamiliar; the Huskies have been going against their own blistering offense. And Washington's offense has depth and skill that is inching closer to being on par with Oregon, led by quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey. The Huskies pushed No. 5 Stanford last week before falling 31-28.

"I feel like the entire Washington offense is totally different," Ducks linebacker Derrick Malone said. "I feel like they have more confidence in themselves."

Cincy 38, Temple 20: Brendon Kay completed 31 of 37 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns as the host Bearcats (4-2, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) kept the Owls (0-6, 0-3) winless. Anthony McClung had seven catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns for the Bearcats.

Clemson Suspensions: Coach Dabo Swinney suspended receiver Germone Hopper and safety Ronald Geohaghan for today's Boston College game for what he called poor behavior. He did not give any other details.

LSU to visit Lambeau: The home of the Green Bay Packers will host its first college football game in 33 years when LSU plays Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in 2016. Three college games have been played at Lambeau Field, but none of them was a Division I showdown. St. Norbert College, 6 miles from Lambeau, has won three times there (Fordham, 1982, 1983; and Mankato State, 1960).

Agent issue: Athletic officials across the country, joined by five agents certified by the NFL players association, are trying to stop the tactics some agents use to illegally contact athletes. The group is pushing to strengthen laws barring agents or their representatives from providing benefits to athletes and regulating how they can contact athletes. The proposals are outlined in a nine-page memo sent to the committee that will meet this month to consider updates to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act.

Basketball: The UConn men's team, which had to sit out last year's postseason because it failed to meet NCAA academic requirements in years past, submitted a perfect academic progress rate for last season. The score will be official in May.

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