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Thursday, December 19th, 2002

TEXAS PREPARES FOR 22nd TRIP TO SBC COTTON BOWL

AUSTIN, Texas - With final exams complete and their matchup with the LSU
Tigers in the 67th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic just three weeks away, the
ninth-ranked Texas Longhorns (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) have turned up the intensity
a notch. The Longhorns, who began their bowl week practice schedule two days
ago, had a spirited 90-minute, full-pads practice at Frank Denius Fields on
Thursday morning.
After working in shells on Tuesday, UT has donned full pads the last two
days. Head coach Mack Brown said both sessions have been extremely physical
as the Longhorns try to regain the form that saw them defeat intra-state
rival Texas A&M 50-20 two-and-a-half weeks ago.
We've had two really physical practices the last two days, Brown said.
Yesterday was a sharp practice and today we got a lot of things done. We're
trying to be more consistent and get back to where we were when we played
Texas A&M. We'll have another physical practice tomorrow morning, then have
a kicking practice on Saturday.
The Longhorns will break camp following Saturday's workout so the players
and coaching staff can spend Christmas together with their families and
friends. UT is scheduled to meet in Dallas on Christmas night and resume
workouts a week from today on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
UT leads the all-time series with LSU, 8-7-1, but the two teams have not
met, ironically, since the 1963 Cotton Bowl (a 13-0 LSU victory). The
Longhorns have won five of the past seven meetings overall and nine of the
16 series matchups have resulted in shutout victories (five by LSU and four
by UT).
This year marks UT's 22nd appearance in the Classic and its 42nd all-time
(No. 3 in NCAA history). The Longhorns have posted 19-20-2 record in bowl
games and are 10-10-1 in their previous Cotton Bowl appearances.
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