Longhorns are set at QB, but Beavers still un­sure

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Texas vs. Ore­gon State: Matchups

Part 2 of a col­lab­o­ra­tion by the Amer­i­canS­tates­man and The Ore­go­nian, break­ing down po­si­tion-by-po­si­tion matchups in ad­vance of the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

To­day’s matchup: Quar­ter­backs.

Texas: Longhorns coach Mack Brown an­nounced Mon­day that sopho­more David Ash, who missed the reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale at Kansas State due to a com­bi­na­tion of poor per­for­mance and in­jury, will start. Ash com­pleted 67.7 per­cent of his passes this sea­son for 2,458 yards, 17 touch­downs and seven in­ter­cep­tions. He’s had good games and bad games, but his phys­i­cal abil­i­ties al­low the Longhorns to do more with their of­fense than they can with Case McCoy, the backup. Ash is at his best when Texas’ run­ning game is churn­ing, al­low­ing play-ac­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties to find Mike Davis.

Ore­gon State: Sopho­more Sean Man­nion (200 of 309 for 2,446 yards, 15 touch­downs, 13 in­ter­cep­tions) hasn’t been the same since early-Oc­to­ber knee surgery, but when he was lead­ing Ore­gon State to a 5-0 start, he looked ter­rific. Ju­nior Cody Vaz (94-157, 1,286 yards, 11 touch­downs, one in­ter­cep­tion) was good in Man­nion’s ab­sence, save for one very costly fum­ble in a 27-23 loss to Stan­ford. Beavers coach Mike Ri­ley ad­mits that it’s strange to go into the 13th game of the sea­son and still be talk­ing about who’ll start, but that’s where the Beavers find them­selves. Ore­gon State might head down to San An­to­nio on Dec. 23 not know­ing who’ll run the hud­dle on Dec. 29.

Hookem.com’s Dave Behr says: Edge to Texas. But both quar­ter­backs must take care of the foot­ball; who­ever turns the ball over more will likely play a huge role in his team’s loss.

The Ore­go­nian’s Lindsay Sch­nell says: Edge to Texas. Know­ing who you’re sup­posed to rally be­hind is im­por­tant

SGet com­plete Longhorns cov­er­age lead­ing up to the Alamo Bowl, in­clud­ing pregame press con­fer­ence video, pho­tos and stats, at for a team, and the Longhorns will have al­most two weeks to pre­pare with Ash as their guy.

Fri­day’s matchup: Texas’ run­ning backs vs. Ore­gon State’s lineback­ers.

DEB­O­RAH CAN­NON / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Texas start­ing quar­ter­back David Ash has thrown for 2,458 yards and 17 touch­downs and this sea­son. He has been in­ter­cepted seven times

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