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Loss heats up Mackovic watch

Texas coach John Mackovic didn't help his chances of keeping his job by losing to Baylor, a team the Bearsown coach called the worst in America.

The Longhorns were in a state of confusion Monday, struggling to come up with motivation for their final three games against Texas Tech, Kansas and Texas A&M.

Pride, integrity and Ricky Williams' attempt to break Earl Campbell's single-season rushing record of 1,744 yards were about the only incentives that players could come up with.

"We're going to try to play the spoiler in the Big 12 South race," linebacker Brandon Nava said. "I didn't come to Texas to play spoiler, but we have to make a positive out of the situation we're in."

A banner headline in the Austin American-Statesman after Texas' 23-21 loss pronounced "The Darkest Hour" over a picture of Mackovic. Baylor coach Dave Roberts had called Baylor the worst team in America after the Bears were beaten by then-winless Iowa State two weeks ago.

Reports have said Mackovic will be fired at the end of the season, but he again refused to address the situation Monday.

"I've said all I'm going to say on that," Mackovic said.

CLEMSON: Do-everything running back Raymond Priester won't be doing anything if his ankle injury doesn't heal in a hurry. Neither will practically every other running back and fullback on the roster, who all seem to be injured or recovering from injury. Going into Saturday's game against Duke, backup Javis Austin is nursing a hamstring injury, backup John Thompson has an ankle injury and true freshman Travis Zachery has a foot injury and looks to be headed for a redshirt.

SOUTH CAROLINA: QB Anthony Wright had about 1{ hours of surgery Sunday to reattach the torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee. Wright was injured in the second quarter of Saturday's 22-7 loss to eighth-ranked Tennessee. Doctors also discovered a slight tear of a cartilage. Wright will require six to 10 months of rehabilitation.

ACC AWARD: North Carolina State wide receiver Torry Holt, who caught a conference-record five touchdown passes, won conference offensive player of the week honors. Holt had a school-best 12 receptions for 168 yards in the Wolfpack's 48-35 loss to Florida State. He caught TD passes of 25, 27, 26, two and nine yards.

FOX WINS BOWL: Fox Sports has acquired the rights to televise its first college football game, the 1999 Cotton Bowl. The bowl pits a Big 12 team against a Pac-10 team.