AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - After a 1-2 start, the No. 23 Texas Longhorns have rallied to contest for the Big 12 title.
It starts Saturday against No. 12 Oklahoma State, the team most expected to win the league crown until an early stumble on the road at West Virginia. But like the Longhorns (7-2, 6-0), the Cowboys (8-1, 5-1) regrouped to keep the Big 12 title and the BCS bowl berth that comes with it in sight.
For Texas, this position seemed unthinkable after two blowout losses in September that got defensive coordinator Manny Diaz fired and the Longhorns out of the national rankings.
And coming off a home loss to Ole Miss, coach Mack Brown was jeered for immediately starting talk that Texas could still win the Big 12. But quarterback Case McCoy has led the resurgence.