Like a slightly less important Ryder Cup, Texas needed only 9.5 points to keep the Lone Star Showdown title. With a (relative) victory in the Men's Outdoor Track & Field Big XII Championship, the Longhorns have now accomplished that.
We're a little bit disappointed that it took so long to clinch this year, but the fact remains: the "Lone Star Showdown" is a symbol of inevitability. The University of Texas will occasionally lose to its little stepsister in the occasional single contest. But when taken as a whole, in the combination of all athletic activities in a given school year, aggie simply has no prayer of defeating The University. We have actually often wondered why a&m agreed to this annual confirmation of their inferiority to the Horns in the first place...but now we're certainly glad they did.
As a related side note, in football (obviously the key sport in the rivalry) Texas holds a 73-35-5 record all-time against aggie. Think about that for just a moment. Texas has defeated a&m more than twice the number of times we've lost. The story of Texas versus a&m is one of complete dominance by the Orange and White, and of increasing frustration and jealousy on the part of the farmers. All the Lone Star Showdown does is lend a quantifiable, formulaic brand of proof that this is, and will remain for the foreseeable future, a fact of Texas life.