Dallas pair look to shut down No. 5 Texas

September, 8, 2010
9/08/10
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A year ago, the Texas Longhorns waltzed into Wyoming only to learn they had a football game on their hands.

The 41-10 final doesn't do the Cowboys justice. It was 13-10 at the half. Now Wyoming comes to Austin to face No. 5 Texas Saturday night in the Longhorns' home opener.

"I think we've got something to prove to ourselves," Texas senior wide receiver James Kirkendoll said. "We've got to play to our standards if we want to get back to where we were last year [the BCS national title game]. "We're going to take Wyoming just like we would take Oklahoma. We're going to come out there and play as hard as we can play."

So, too, will the Cowboys (1-0), especially brothers Marcell and Tashaun Gipson, Wyoming's stellar starting cornerbacks and former stars at Dallas Kimball High School. Marcell is a senior; Tashaun a junior. They make up one-third of the six Texans on the Wyoming roster. Saturday will mark the 27th consecutive game in which the brothers have started at the two cornerback spots.

"Both of those guys are pro prospects," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "The corners can cover. We were really impressed with their secondary last year. We thought it was one of the real strengths of their defense."

They'll likely face a stiffer challenge from the Texas passing game with first-year starter Garrett Gilbert, who completed 14-of-23 passes for 172 yards in his first career start. Against Rice, the Horns focused on establishing a ground game, a point of emphasis this year as the team transitions away from the Colt McCoy era.

"I think that Wyoming will have a little bit better defense [than Rice]," Kirkendoll said. "When we challenged them last year, Wyoming's defense was really good. But, we will have plenty of opportunities, especially in the wideout group this week."

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