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.



Every week, we’re seeing teams learn the hard way that the only poll that matters, or lasts, is the final one. If we’re No. 1 in late January, it becomes a statement.”
Texas coach Mack Brown

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