Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I was a campus baby while my parents attended the University of Texas. Whoever didn't have a class was my babysitter. And apparently one of my first phrases to speak was HOOK EM HORNS. I was introduced to the biblical concept of "alien and stranger" by being a UT fan while growing up just an hour from the University of Arkansas campus. Every fourth year when the UT/UA game was played in Fayetteville (the Arkansas home games alternated between Fayetteville and Little Rock), our family dressed up in orange and attended, finding our place in the sea of red. We were there for the game of the century in 1969--despite the fact that President Nixon took our tickets. (The full story is that when the President decided to attend, they had to take some tickets from around the stadium for security and ours were chosen. Hmmmm. Did they know we'd be wearing orange? But my dad snagged some last-minute tickets from another source.) So . . . this was a big night. The first national title for the Longhorns since 1970. And does anyone doubt what I've been writing about Vince Young? He was 30-for-40 in passing for over 250 yards. That's a good night for a QB. But what sets him apart is that he rushed for 200 yards. That was the difference. Hook em horns!!


  • Incredible game. What I couldn't believe was Matt Leinart (USC's former Heisman-winning QB) saying he still thinks the Trojans are a better football team in the post-game interview with ABC.

    Referring to the history of college football, the pretty boy might have a point. But in tonight's back-and-forth dogfight, the best team in the nation was wearing white and burnt orange.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 1/04/2006 10:15:00 PM  

  • Was it just me or were the commentators calling the game with the assumption that USC would walk away with the win? Then came the last two minutes or two when they had to get over their shock and backtrack over everything they'd said in the game!

    Any QB who rushes over 200 yards in a big game gets my vote!

    By Blogger Melanie Morales, at 1/04/2006 10:26:00 PM  

  • As a LSU Fan I gladly say Hook 'Em Horns. Vince was unbelievable, the Defense held Reggie in check and stood strong when they needed to.

    Thankfully USC was held to only 1 National Title. (The AP doesnt Count)

    By Blogger Jeremy Houck <>, at 1/04/2006 10:47:00 PM  

  • Being from California and going to ACU, (back in the day it was ACC), when the UT/Okla. game came on, Texans would cheer for UT and the out-of-staters cheered for Okla. I'm a USC fan, but I can't be too disappointed because that was one humdinger of a game - a classic. In response to the comment about Leinart - I was disappointed in his words, but having heard him before time and time again, it was his disappointment coming through -he's a pretty classy guy. If we're going to talk about class, I saw a few cheap shots by UT players. Speaking of classy - so is Mack Brown. I'm happy for him. Winning two championships back to back is a challenge - apparently a 3peat is pretty much impossible. Congratulations, UT!

    By Blogger Anne, at 1/04/2006 10:53:00 PM  

  • I know there was much rejoicing in the Cope house tonight! Hook'em Horns!

    By Blogger SG, at 1/04/2006 11:21:00 PM  

  • Yes, Young's performance was unbelievable!

    By Blogger Jared Cramer, at 1/05/2006 04:14:00 AM  

  • It's no fun sitting on the fence! ;)

    So I say way to go UT!!


    Tears of heartbreak USC.

    I know we won't hear it in Texas, but this is an excerpt from AP's story this morning being rehashed in Calfornia. ;O)

    Young went 10 yards on an option keeper, and just before his knee touched turf - or so it seemed - chucked the ball to Selvin Young, who took it the final 12 yards for a score and Texas' first lead, 9-7.

    Replays appeared to show the quarterback's knee hitting the ground before he let go of the ball, but with Carroll standing way out on the playing field, officials never stopped play for a review.

    Great game! This is the way a national championship should always be decided, not by reporter polls, imho.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 1/05/2006 05:11:00 AM  

  • As a Bama fan, I hate cheering for anyone wearing any shade of orange and especially anyone called UT but, since nobody has ever 3-peated on the National Championship, I'm glad Texas won. Nobody is allowed to 3-peat until the Crimson Tide does it first.

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 1/05/2006 05:26:00 AM  

  • If you haven't seen the Espn the Magazine article on Vince Young, you should check it out. Surprising that he has made it this far with his family history.

    Let me say, without offensive intended to any Texas fans, that I am happy my Crimson Tide squeaked out a win agains the other Texas Team, Tech.

    Now that college football is over, the other UT, Tennessee, specifically, the Lady Vols are making an incredible run with one Candace Parker. They play UConn Saturday at 2 PM ET on CBS. No classier coach in the game than Pat Summit.

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 1/05/2006 05:39:00 AM  

  • Great thoughts Mike. As I was pleading for Vince to, hmmm, be Vince last night on 4th down with 25 seconds left -- my mind went back to 1969 for just a moment - tears streaming down my 8 year old cheeks as we pleaded for James Street and UT to win in Fayetville - I'll never forget it. Glad you were there in person. And I'll never forget as my daughter and I hugged and danced after UT won last night.

    Congrats to both coaches and schools for being so classy. BTW, Mack Brown was raised cofC - not sure what his affiliation is now.

    By Blogger KentF, at 1/05/2006 05:41:00 AM  

  • As much as it hurts, I gotta hand it to your boys. Unbelievable!

    By Blogger Amy, at 1/05/2006 05:52:00 AM  

  • The game was awesome the atmosphere was unbelievable and the seats were even better. Check out the pictures from the whole day. Vince was great and like I have been saying all along the USC defense was the difference or lack of it. All credit to UT to stop them on 4th and 1. Make's the ride home more enjoyable since I'm riding with UT fans. Can't wait to get home to Austin...

    By Blogger happytheman, at 1/05/2006 06:32:00 AM  

  • I'm needing some mustard with that Crow I am eating this morning. I was basing my prediction on the fact that USC had played a tougher schedule, but that didn't really matter last night. I am a believer now! CONGRATS all Longhorn fans! What a GREAT game! I wish they all could be that exciting. Vince Young is a man amongst boys.......I hope he goes on to the league he needs to be playing in. If he comes back and doesn't get hurt, everybody else will be playing for runner up as far as the Heisman Trophy goes.

    And let me echo some earlier comments......thank you Texas for not allowing USC to 3-peat! Only one team needs to do that, and they wear Crimson! :)


    By Blogger David U, at 1/05/2006 07:23:00 AM  

  • “There is that small problem of USC, but hope springs eternal.”

    Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us,

    By Blogger Clint, at 1/05/2006 07:24:00 AM  

  • I had the wonderful experience of watching the game with my parents last night. On the final fourth down with 25 seconds to go, my sainted Mother saw a grin on VY's face. She looked at me and said, "He's got them right where he wants them." She was right and it was sweet.
    I was born 36 years ago today in January, 1970. I've been waiting my whole life for this championship! HOOK 'EM HORNS, indeed!

    By Blogger Stephen Bailey, at 1/05/2006 07:45:00 AM  

  • Incredible game! Confidence, leadership, etc. is when against defending champs and less than a minute to go in game--NEVER A DOUBT Young would score!

    By Blogger eddy, at 1/05/2006 11:42:00 AM  

  • This here reluctant Texas Tech fan says, congratulations to a fine Texas team and thank you for making the Big 12 proud.

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 1/05/2006 11:51:00 AM  

  • Going into the game last night I didn't think there was a way to top last year's Rose Bowl. I was wrong. For some reason I was worried more in the 1st quarter after the Aaron Ross punt fumble than down 12 with less than 7 minutes to play. VY is a special athlete.

    My first thought this morning was I wonder if Ryan Perrilloux had as much fun with LSU at the Peach Bowl as the Horns had in Pasadena last night???

    By Blogger GSub, at 1/05/2006 01:18:00 PM  

  • Being born and raised a California girl (central valley/Fresno), I probably should have been pulling for USC...but, they lost my loyalty when the comment was made a couple of years ago that their maids graduated from Fresno State. Probably only one silly spoiled person made the comment, but it changed the way I felt about USC! So...I was thrilled to cheer for Texas!

    By Blogger Sandra, at 1/05/2006 01:33:00 PM  

  • As great as the game was, did anybody besides me think the clip of Matthew McCaunaghy & Will Farrell "duking it out" verbally before the game was hilarious?! Loved it!

    By Blogger annie, at 1/05/2006 01:56:00 PM  

  • annie, I definitely caught Farrell and McKon-a-hee (sp?) before the game started. hilarious.

    I think they could have doubled their viewership if ABC let those two do play-by-play, with UT alum Owen Wilson on sideline duty. coulda, woulda, shoulda.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 1/05/2006 02:33:00 PM  

  • HOOK 'EM HORNS!!! Wow-what an absolutely incredible game...Vince is THE Man-no doubt about it!! I sure hope he stays with them one more year and does not go pro-he is just inVINCEable!!

    I also loved the banter between Will and Matthew MCCONAUGHEY (what a HOT Texan!!) :)

    I knew they were going to win...but it sure was a nail biter!! This will be one to talk about for years...GO TEXAS!!!

    By Blogger Katherine, at 1/05/2006 05:39:00 PM  

  • Sorry to hear about your run-in with Tricky Dick. I now have a deeper understanding of many of your blogs.

    My boys are huge Texas fans like I was back when they won their last national championship. The year is starting off right!

    By Blogger David Michael, at 1/05/2006 06:54:00 PM  

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