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Fighting Irish

6:30 pm September 5th, 2015

Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN

Bohls: If this thing isn’t fixed, could only the Strong survive?

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The refrain coming out of Texas’ summer camp was consistent the entire month of August. The Longhorns were showing progress. They were stronger, smarter, more physical. They’d learned from their mistakes of 2014 and were intent upon not repeating them. The quarterback had won over his team. This promised to be one of the most athletic freshman classes in recent memory. Barely 15 minutes into the new season, they rang hollow. By that time, Notre Dame had fashioned a 14-0 lead and, but for a false start, might have gone ahead by three touchdowns. It was academic. The early dominance by the 11th-ranked Irish never stopped as Texas fell and fell hard, dropping a humiliating 38-3 game for its second-most lopsided loss in a season-opener in school history and its worst since 1988. All that was left were the excuses. And those were as lame as … Read more

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September 6

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Notre Dame 38, Texas 3: Five key plays

There were 127 offensive snaps taken in Texas’ 38-3 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. Here are five that ended up making a big difference: 1. A brief history of time Texas fans will argue the play clock had expired on third-and-11 early in the game. The officials disagreed, and … Read More

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Texas-Notre Dame: Our four pregame questions — answered

On Saturday morning, we asked four questions about the Texas-Notre Dame matchup. Here’s how they played out: HOW MANY FRESHMEN WOULD PLAY? In all, there were 16 freshmen or redshirt freshmen who played. That includes the ones who were atop the depth chart at their respective positions — left tackle … Read More

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Longhorns notebook: Offensive line struggles carry into new year

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Charlie Strong opened his postgame press conference by criticizing — who else? — the offensive line. Texas’ line promised to be better this season. After one game, it isn’t. “You gotta win the game at the line of scrimmage,” Strong … Read More

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Texas RB Johnathan Gray turned into frustrated bystander

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — At his core, Texas coach Charlie Strong believes in a ball-control offense. Run the ball, move the chains, milk the clock. He’s only giving in to this up-tempo stuff because that’s what today’s players are comfortable doing. Strong said the game plan to beat Notre Dame … Read More

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Freshman Malik Jefferson shows promise in college debut

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — It’s tough to find positives from Texas’ 38-3 loss to Notre Dame. Malik Jefferson is a start. The freshman linebacker made his anticipated debut and registered nine tackles, second most in the game to teammate Peter Jinkens’ 10. “I feel all right about it,” Jefferson said. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If this thing isn’t fixed, could only the Strong survive?

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The refrain coming out of Texas’ summer camp was consistent the entire month of August. The Longhorns were showing progress. They were stronger, smarter, more physical. They’d learned from their mistakes of 2014 and were intent upon not repeating them. The quarterback had won over his … Read More

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Notre Dame 38, Texas 3: Horns suffer worst opening loss since 1988

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — One blowout loss can be forgiven. Two is concerning. But three makes an alarming trend. Texas came into Saturday’s season opener against No. 11 Notre Dame fully intent on washing away all the bad aftertaste of last season’s miserable finish. No more TCU and Arkansas talk, … Read More

Saturday

September 5

Football

Notre Dame 38, Texas 3: Third and Longhorns

WHY NOTRE DAME (1-0) WON: Malik Zaire picked up right where he left off, making plays just as he did against LSU in the bowl game. He threw as many touchdowns (3) as he did incompletions. He completed an amazing 19 of his 22 passes, torched Texas’ secondary for 313 … Read More

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Notre Dame 38, Texas 3: Horns up, Horns down

Horns Up Not an easy task after what we witnessed in South Bend. Let’s start with the Texas fans, who really represented the school well. Texas sold its allotment of 5,000 tickets plus many more. Longhorns fans made up about 30 percent of the announced crowd of 80,795. Linebacker … Read More

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Notre Dame 38, Texas 3: Bests, Worsts

Worst start Notre Dame scored on two of its first three possessions and it might have been three out of three, if not for a false start on the Irish near midfield that resulted in an Irish punt. Best debut True freshman Malik Jefferson started at linebacker and was outstanding. Read More

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Three Nuggets from the first half

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Here are three quick Nuggets from the first half. WHERE WAS J. GRAY? Charlie Strong spoke all offseason about the leadership ability of running back Johnathan Gray and the desire to make him a focal point of this offense. Well, Gray didn’t even receive his … Read More

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Burnt orange abounds at Notre Dame Stadium

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For those of that thought that the 2015 Texas fan base wouldn’t travel, then you’re wrong. At least for one week. Longhorn Nation is well represented at Notre Dame Stadium. Texas received 5,000 tickets to sell and it appears that all of … Read More

UT football fans are fired up for the first game of the season on social media

The Longhorns’ first game of the season kicks off Saturday night, and fans are getting fired up. The Texas Longhorns will be playing Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish. Everyone from the University of Texas football equipment staff to Governor Greg Abbott to the satiricle Twitter voice of head football coach Charlie … Read More

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Three-star CB Obi Eboh commits to Texas

About 90 minutes before kickoff at Notre Dame, Texas got some good news for its future when it landed a commitment from Southlake Carroll 2016 cornerback Obi Eboh. Eboh is a three-star prospect and the state’s No. 65 prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. He held 30 scholarship offers, including Oklahoma, … Read More

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Texas vs. Notre Dame: A gameday primer

THE LAST TIME 9-Notre Dame 27, 6-Texas 24 DKR, Sept. 21, 1996 Done in by a kicker. And a freshman, to boot. Notre Dame’s freshman kicker Jim Sanson — who prepared for college football by using palm trees for goal posts, who had nearly quit the team during preseason camp … Read More