Rich Tijerina

American-Statesman Staff

A California-born, Texas-raised Aggie overseeing the Statesman's Longhorns coverage. I've worked in New Braunfels, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi again and now Austin, since 2002. Words matter.

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Third and Longhorns: Inside Texas 33, Missouri 16

A deeper look inside Texas’ 33-16 Texas Bowl win over Missouri: Why Texas (7-6) won Maybe there was some backs-against-the-wall mojo going on. The Longhorns, after all, were missing four of their best players — heck, arguably their four best players, actually — in Connor Williams, DeShon Elliott, Malik Jefferson … Read More

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Our 4 Texas-Missouri pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our four pregame questions Wednesday that were facing the Longhorns: Here’s how they played out: 1. Who’s Texas’ quarterback heading into the offseason? Sam Ehlinger. The freshman shined, taking over for a banged-up Shane Buechele by taking all the snaps in the second half. Ehlinger, whose late-game mistakes cost … Read More

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Texas 33, Missouri 16: The Texas Bowl expanded boxscore

A look back at how it all happened Wednesday night: First quarter Texas 14, Missouri 0. The Longhorns scored on their opening drive for the fourth time this season — three of those four have been directed by Shane Buechele, who found a wide-open Daniel Young out of the backfield. Read More

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Texas 33, Missouri 16: Texas Bowl win gives Horns their first winning season since ’13

It’s over at NRG Stadium in Houston. Texas, which was a 2 1/2-point underdog, has beaten Missouri 33-16. The win gives Texas its first winning season since 2013, when the Longhorns went 8-5 in Mack Brown’s penultimate season. It also is Texas’ first bowl win since 2012, when the Longhorns … Read More

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It’s halftime, and Texas is leading Missouri 21-7

It’s halftime at NRG Stadium. Texas is leading Missouri in the Texas Bowl, 21-7. The Longhorns are 2 1/2-point underdogs tonight. Both teams are making their first bowl appearance since 2014. With all that’s working against the Longhorns — key starters Connor Williams, DeShon Elliott, Holton Hill and Malik Jefferson out; … Read More

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Chris Del Conte: Texas’ new athletic director lays out his thoughts on his UT vision, goals

Texas introduced former TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte as the new Longhorns athletic director on Monday, and Del Conte did not disappoint. It lasted for 40 minutes, as he fielded questions about Texas, Texas’ future, his old job at TCU, his thoughts on the immediate challenges he’ll be facing … Read More

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Third and Longhorns: Inside Texas Tech 27, Texas 23

A deeper look inside Texas’ 27-23 loss to Texas Tech: Why Texas (6-6, 5-4 Big 12) lost Critical mistakes in the closing minutes. Ehlinger’s two picks were real killers — the first, with 2:06 left in the game, set up the Red Raiders’ winning touchdown and the second, with 55 … Read More

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Our 4 Texas-Texas Tech pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our four pre-game questions Friday that were facing the Longhorns: Here’s how they played out: 1. Was Sam Ehlinger the latest freshman to best Tech? No. In fact, the freshman quarterback’s two late-game interceptions are what sealed the Red Raiders’ comeback win. It was a trend reversal for Tech, … Read More

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Texas Tech 27, Texas 23: The expanded boxscore

A look back at how it all happened Friday: First quarter Texas 7, Texas Tech 7. Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele both played, although Ehlinger helmed three of the four first-quarter drives. Ehlinger was 3 of 3 on the opening drive and also caught a 27-yard receiver pass from Lil’Jordan … Read More

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Texas Tech 27, Texas 23: Horns’ late collapse helps Raiders make a bowl, save their coach

It’s over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, which was a 10-point favorite, has fallen to Texas Tech, 27-23. It was a desperation night for the Red Raiders, who needed this win to (a) become bowl-eligible and (b) possibly save Kliff Kingsbury’s job. But Texas controlled things for most of the night. Read More

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It’s halftime, and Texas is leading Texas Tech 20-10

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas is leading Texas Tech 20-10. The Longhorns are 10-point favorites tonight. The Red Raiders are in desperate need of a win — to qualify for a bowl game in their final game of the regular season and, perhaps, to save head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job. Read More

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Tom Herman: Still plenty for Texas to play for in regular-season finale

Tom Herman’s final regular-season game-week press conference has come and gone, ahead of Friday’s Texas Tech game. The highlights: 1. Injury updates: Left guard Patrick Vahe — the only offensive lineman that has started every game this season — is out with a second-degree MCL sprain in his knee. Herman said the … Read More

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Third and Longhorns: Inside Texas 28, West Virginia 14

A deeper look inside Texas’ 28-14 win over West Virginia: Why Texas (6-5, 5-3 Big 12) won In short, things couldn’t have worked out better for the Longhorns. The rains in Morgantown had an impact on the West Virginia offense, though probably not as much as the Mountaineers losing their … Read More

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Our 4 Texas-West Virginia pregame questions — answered

Saturday, we looked at four questions that Texas was facing ahead of its matchup with West Virginia. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did Texas’ depleted secondary hold up? Yes. Losing Will Grier in the first quarter definitely had an impact on West Virginia’s passing game; Grier, after all, is … Read More

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Texas 28, West Virginia 14: The expanded boxscore

A look back at how it all happened Saturday: First quarter Texas 0, West Virginia 0. Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger both saw playing time, but two penalties and a John Hurt drop derailed the Longhorns’ offense. West Virginia was held to 98 yards, but the Mountaineers were inches away … Read More

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Texas 28, West Virginia 14: The Longhorns are going bowling

It’s over at Puskar Milan Stadium in Morgantown, W.V., and Texas has knocked off West Virginia, 28-14. With their sixth win, the Longhorns will play in a bowl game for the first time since 2014, Charlie Strong’s first season. That was the offensive no-show loss to Arkansas in the Texas … Read More

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It’s halftime, and Texas is shutting out West Virginia, 14-0

It’s halftime at Puskar Milan Stadium in Morgantown, W.V., and Texas is leading West Virginia 14-0. The Longhorns are 3 1/2-point underdogs today. It’s a classic case of so far, so good for Texas. It’s quite rainy, which may be impacting West Virginia’s pass-happy offense. The Mountaineers lost quarterback Will … Read More

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Tom Herman: There won’t be any motivation or focus issues in these final two games

Tom Herman’s weekly game-week Monday press conference has come and gone. Here are the highlights: 1. Connor Williams is expected to return this week from the knee injury that he suffered at USC. “Barring a setback, yeah, I think so,” Herman said. But that opening question about his All-American left … Read More

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Third and Longhorns: Inside Texas 42, Kansas 27

A deeper look inside Texas’ 42-27 win over Kansas: Why Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) won Simply put, the Longhorns are better than the Jayhawks. Of course, they were last year too, though that didn’t matter in Lawrence because Texas committed six turnovers that day. That didn’t happen tonight, though. Read More

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Texas 42, Kansas 27: The expanded boxscore

A look back at how it all happened Saturday night: First quarter Texas 28, Kansas 7. The Jayhawks opened the game with some trickery — an onside kick — but John Burt scooped it up. On Texas’ first snap, Shane Buechele hit Lorenzo Joe for a touchdown just 9 … Read More