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College football: Longhorns take over No. 1 spot

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 13, 2008
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Texas rode its resounding Red River Rivalry upset right to No. 1.

The Longhorns leapfrogged No. 2 Alabama on Sunday and sit atop The Associated Press Top 25 in the regular season for the first time in 24 years after beating Oklahoma 45-35.

Texas’ jump to No. 1 is the largest since Miami went from No. 6 to No. 1 on Aug. 29, 1988, after beating preseason top-ranked Florida State 31-0 to start the season.

Texas received 39 first-place votes and 1,599 points from the media panel. Alabama received the other 36 first-place votes and 1,582 points.

"Being ranked No. 1 shows respect for what we’ve accomplished through the early part of the season, but nobody really knows who is No. 1 at this point,” Texas coach Mack Brown said Sunday.

It certainly has been a fluid situation.

The Longhorns are the fourth No. 1 team this season, following Georgia, Southern California and Oklahoma.

Unbeaten Penn State moved up three spots to No. 3. The Sooners dropped three spots to No. 4 after their first loss. Florida jumped six spots to No. 5 after pounding LSU 51-21 on Saturday night.

No. 6 Southern California is followed by Big 12 rivals Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, which upset Missouri 28-23 and has its highest ranking since November 1985 when the Cowboys were seventh.

No. 9 BYU and Georgia round out the top 10.

Missouri dropped eight spots to No. 11. The Tigers play Texas in Austin on Saturday.