Talk:2008 Texas Longhorns football team

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Future sports[edit]

Please note that it is fairly well established that future sporting events can have their own articles. For instance, please see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/2008 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and 2008 Summer Olympics. The criteria for writing about future events is that the article should be informative. This article meets that criteria by informing the reader about planned events as well as the historical context for those future events. Johntex\talk 19:11, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

2008 homecoming game[edit]

Which game should be designated as the homecoming game for 2008? And can anyone find a citation for that? - Bevo (talk) 15:36, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

Keeping win-loss record of other teams update here[edit]

I noticed that HM211980 has added to the article the season record of teams that the Longhorns have played. A related discussion is here. →Wordbuilder (talk) 20:33, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

Statistics[edit]

The statistics section was very out of date. I moved it here to be restored once it is updated. Johntex\talk 04:05, 16 November 2008 (UTC)


Team Opp
Scoring 52 10
  Points per Game 52 10
First Downs 31 13
  Rushing 232 37
  Passing 271 255
  Penalty 110 60
Total Offense 503 292
  Avg per Play 6.21 4.71
  Avg per Game 503 292
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 11-110 7-60
  Avg per Game 11-110 7-60
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 5-204 8-285
  Avg per Punt 40.8 35.6
Time of Possession/Game 35:14 24:46
3rd Down Conversions 7-14 6-16
4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-1
Touchdowns Scored 7 1
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 1-1-40 1-1-31
PAT-Attempts 7-7 1-1
Attendance 98,053  
  Games/Avg per Game 98,053  

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texas 38 73 42 45 198
Opponents 9 20 7 7 43

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
C. McCoy 45 346 29 317 7.0 4 35 63.4
V. McGee 50 200 13 187 3.7 1 13 37.4
C. Johnson 50 196 3 193 3.9 6 16 38.6
C. Ogbonnaya 16 98 5 93 5.8 1 51 18.6
J. Hills 12 35 0 35 2.9 0 8 7.0
J. Shipley 2 9 0 9 4.5 0 5 1.8
J. Chiles 29 135 49 86 3.0 1 25 17.2
F.Whittaker 12 76 4 72 6.0 0 15 72.0
                   
                   
                   
TEAM 1 0 2 -2 -2.0 0 0 -0.4
Total 217 1095 105 990 4.6 13 51 198.0
Opponents 132 508 249 259 2.0 0 26 51.8

Passing[edit]

Name Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
C. McCoy 197.94 103-130-3 79.2 1280 16 65 256.0
J. Chiles 197.76 9-10-0 90.0 89 1 29 17.8
J. Shipley 0.00 0-1-0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0
               
Total 196.52 112-141-3 79.4 1369 17 65 273.8
Opponents 109.54 103-199-2 51.8 1220 5 62 244.0

Receiving[edit]

Name No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Q.Cosby 32 416 13.0 3 39 83.2
J.Shipley 24 368 15.3 7 60 73.6
C.Ogbonnaya 15 244 16.3 3 65 48.8
B.Irby 10 95 9.5 2 23 31.7
J.Kirkendoll 5 80 16.0 1 29 16.0
B.Collins 6 54 9.0 0 16 13.5
M.Williams 6 33 5.5 0 13 6.6
D.Buckner 3 26 8.7 1 12 5.2
V.McGee 3 26 8.7 1 12 5.2
M.Webber 1 7 7.0 0 7 1.8
J.Chiles 1 6 6.0 0 6 1.2
P.Ullman 2 10 5.0 0 6 2.5
I.Harris 1 7 7.0 0 7 7.0
                 
Total 112 1369 12.2 17 65 273.8
Opponents 103 1220 11.8 5 62 244.0

Defense[edit]

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

These articles are too long[edit]

"Besides both being in The University of Texas System the two schools also share the same alma mater, The Eyes of Texas.[80][79] While the Longhorns have the Hook 'em Horns symbol, Miners' fans make a symbol called the "Pickaxe", with pinkie and thumb extended from a closed fist. Coach Mike Price also followed the tradition of leading the team through the field carrying a large pickaxe"

--Do we really need to have this much information included? Like under the UTEP game, I don't give a hoot about the "Pickaxe" stuff, I think you should talk about what happened in the game. These articles (2005–2008 Texas Longhorn season(s)) are all obnoxiously too long. Great job and all, but I'm just trying ot help you out instead of having these articles use up 90+ kb of space all the time —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.166.175.146 (talk) 22:08, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the feedback. I think these details are important. To many fans, the ceremony and traditions of college football is what sets it apart from most other sports. Space is not a consideration on Wikipedia since Wikipedia is not paper. Also, we will probably eventually split more of the game summaries into their own articles. That is what we did with the 2005 Texas Longhorns article, which is recognized as a Featured Article on Wikipedia. We have already done it with 2008 Texas vs. Oklahoma football game as well. Johntex\talk 18:55, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

Longhorn vs. Longhorns[edit]

Shouldn't these UT football seasons be "Longhorns" not "Longhorn"? Here is my reasoning:

  1. Consistency: This would be in keeping with the "Texas Longhorns football" article, the "Texas Longhorns" athletics article, Texas Longhorns men's basketball, other UT sports articles (women's bball, baseball, volleyball), and all the basketball seasons format. All of those use the plural "Longhorns". Also, all other colleges' sports-related articles use the plural of the teams' nicknames (not counting team nicknames that are actually singular like Stanford Cardinal, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, etc.).
  2. Semantics: I can sort of see why someone would use Longhorn (as in "this Longhorn football team"), but in the context (as in "the 2008 Texas Longhorns football team"), it doesn't sound correct in the singular. I believe in this context, that the plural is actually the correct form.

I suggest moving this article to "2008 Texas Longhorns football team". Any other opinions? Strikehold (talk) 22:20, 2 December 2008 (UTC)\

  • Hi Strikehold, thanks for your suggestion. When I started the 2005 Texas Longhorn football team article, it was the first or one of the first articles on a particular sports season. So, there was no precedent on Wikipedia. I settled on the singular form because:
  1. It seemed to me UT used the singular form a little more often
  2. To my ear, the singular sounds a little better. In my way of thinking, "Longhorn" is being used as an adjective to modify "team". In English, it seems like we typically use the singular form when the word is being used as an adjective (E.g. "a 8 once bottle", "a 50-yard punt", "30-degree weather", "Shriner Hospital", "Christian center", etc.)

I know that a lot of other Wikipedia articles have gone with the plural form. I don't have a strong opinion either way. I look forward to hearing other opinions. Best, Johntex\talk 02:22, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Plural is generally used when referring to nearly any sports team I can think, and the texas website seems to use it predominantly (texassports.com). Looking at the category page for the 2008 season, this is the only article not using the plural. I vote to move it. Ryan2845 (talk) 03:33, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
Okay, as it doesn't seem that Johntex is opposed, I am going to go ahead and move this, as well as all the other UT football season articles to the plural form of the title (with redirects from the singular titles), in the name of consistency across WikiProject College Football. I'll give it another day to make sure no one has any strong objections to this before proceeding. Thanks. Strikehold (talk) 17:31, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. Thanks, Strikehold. Johntex\talk 19:41, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
Moved from 2008 Texas Longhorn football team to 2008 Texas Longhorns football team, as discussed. Strikehold (talk) 22:25, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Discussion on logo usage on this page[edit]

There is a discussion occurring about whether this page should include a logo. You are invited to participate in the discussion if you wish. permalink to discussion as of this point in time. Johntex\talk 20:37, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

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