Freshman will start against Iowa State

Updated: October 13, 2003, 5:00 PM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN -- Even after studying what went wrong against Oklahoma, Texas coach Mack Brown is trying to figure out how it happened.

"I'm not sleeping because I've got so much to do, I'm lost," he said Monday.

One solution may be some personnel changes, although Brown would admit to only one.

Brown said redshirt freshman Vince Young will replace Chance Mack as the starting quarterback against Iowa State on Saturday. In the 65-13 loss to the Sooners, Young threw for 135 yards with two interceptions and ran for 127 yards, including a dazzling 59-yarder.

"He made some really good players look foolish in the open field," Brown said. "He's a special athlete, and he'll grow into a special quarterback."

Young's poise under pressure impressed Brown and his teammates.

"He's one of the most composed players I've ever seen as a freshman," senior Brett Robin said. "Vince thrives on big situations."

Robin said in his first Texas-OU game he felt like throwing up. Not Young.

"I never saw on his face any fear," senior receiver B.J. Johnson said.

The Longhorns (4-2, 1-1 Big 12) fell nine spots in the poll to No. 20, ending a streak of 50 straight appearances in the top 15.

To recover, they'll need to clean up flaws such as six turnovers, 552 yards allowed and 112 penalty yards. Texas has done a good job of bouncing back after losing to OU the last three years, having won the following game each time.

The Longhorns met as usual Sunday afternoon, watched some film and went through a typical two-hour practice. Then they did something different.

"We conditioned a bit more," Robin said. "We ran a lot of sprints, 100s over and over again."

Maybe it was punishment. Maybe it was just a drill to allow the players to release some of their frustration and to feel a different kind of pain.

"I never thought I would have this same exact feeling in my heart for four years," said senior wide receiver Sloan Thomas, tears welling in his eyes. "We have to stop being babies and grow up."


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