No. 12 Texas 36, Oklahoma State 30: It was sloppy, but it was a win in the Big 12 opener

Texas coach Tom Herman is steadfast in his belief that as long as the Longhorns play their best, “Our best is good enough.” Saturday was a showcase in what happens when they don’t. There was dreadful execution on fourth down followed by senseless penalties. Two punts … Read More

Pistols firing: Oklahoma State brings nation’s leading receiver, rusher to face No. 12 Texas

If Tylan Wallace wore burnt orange instead of America’s brightest one, he’d be celebrated far and wide by the Texas fandom. The star wide receiver from Fort Worth loved Superman when he was growing up, so he put it on his Twitter handle. He certainly looked the part … Read More

Texas vs. Oklahoma State: Five key matchups to watch at Royal-Memorial Stadium

Here’s a look at five key matchups for Saturday’s game between No. 12 Texas and Oklahoma State. Texas RB Keaontay Ingram vs. Oklahoma State run defense It’s too easy to examine Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard’s impact against the Texas defense. Hubbard is … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Given all the position changes, Longhorns are an example in selflessness

Unless Rivals and 247Sports have developed some metric that’s still in beta testing, the recruiting services still cannot measure a recruit’s selflessness. We’re inundated with updates about each recruit’s height, weight, statistics, summer camp results and scholarship offers. But they really can’t measure how much … Read More

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Once again, Texas starts 2020 Big 12 men’s basketball schedule on the road

The computer that spits out the Big 12 men’s basketball schedule simply does not allow Texas to ease into January. The Longhorns will open Big 12 play on the road for the fourth time in coach Shaka Smart’s five seasons, according to the league schedule released … Read More

Whys of Texas: By giving him veto power, Texas coaches bring Sam Ehlinger fully into the game plan

The season’s first month has truly revealed how much Texas’ Sam Ehlinger has improved as a quarterback. And he’s now revealing how much the coaches trust him on the field and in the film room. The statistics indicate the obvious. In three games, the junior from … Read More

Texas notebook: No longer ‘worried all the time,’ Texas DT tackle Keondre Coburn feeling confident

There’s a huge disconnect between thinking you can play college football and knowing you can play college football. Confidence bridges the gap. “It takes time. It certainly takes time,” said Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who started six games as a freshman in 2017. “I think some … Read More

Texas legend Jordan Shipley welcomes comparisons to freshman standout Jake Smith

Granted, it’s early. But Texas fans, your spider senses could be absolutely right about this one. The Jake Smith comparisons to Jordan Shipley feel so spot-on accurate, it’s uncanny. Even Shipley, the best receiver in Texas history, will co-sign that undeniable feeling. “You can … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: On Oklahoma State’s firepower, visiting with Shane Buechele, Charles Omenihu

On this week’s Longhorn Confidential, American-Statesman staff writers talk about Oklahoma State’s eye-popping offense that’s coming to Austin this weekend and weekend visits with former Longhorns Shane Buechele and Charles Omenihu. Read More

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LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman gives optimistic injury update, talks Oklahoma State

Texas coach Tom Herman talked about the team’s optimistic injury situation going into the Big 12 opener against Oklahoma State this Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Read More

Big 12 showtime: No. 12 Texas begins league play against Oklahoma State ready for battle

HOUSTON — Three weeks into the season, the Big 12 has a combined record of 22-5. That’s an .815 winning percentage, a rather impressive total compared with the Big Ten (.763) and the SEC (.707), where it just means more. “I’ve been focused on our game … Read More

No. 12 Texas 48, Rice 13: Longhorns have a field day, build confidence in blowout win

HOUSTON — For all those fans who never get to attend a Texas football practice, Saturday night’s blowout win over Rice was basically the same thing. The 12th-ranked Longhorns drove the seven-man sled disguised as the Rice Owls up and down NRG Stadium. There was a … Read More

The H-Town takeover: Tom Herman is now using Houston-area firepower to stockpile Texas’ talent

The “H-Town Takeover” wasn’t just Tom Herman’s catchy recruiting slogan during his two years coaching Houston. It was a mindset. It was his brand. “This is our town. This is our city,” Herman said at a UH preseason news conference in August 2015. “And we embrace … Read More

Texas injury news is good, iffy and bad in Thursday practice before Rice

The Texas injury news was good, iffy and bad after Thursday’s practice, according to coach Tom Herman. Running back Daniel Young, who suffered a high ankle sprain during preseason camp, was cleared to start practicing on Wednesday. That’s a huge help for a position group that’s … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Tom Herman, Yancy McKnight’s pairing at Rice started long road to UT

It’s rather murky how Tom Herman’s career would have turned out had Yancy McKnight stayed longer than 10 days in Tulsa. McKnight was 33 when coach Todd Graham hired him as the Rice strength coach. That 2006 season was rather special based on current standards. The … Read More

Texas sticking with starting corners Jalen Green, Kobe Boyce vs. run-oriented Rice

Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said Wednesday he’s sticking with starting cornerbacks Jalen Green and Kobe Boyce this week against Rice. “Yeah, absolutely” Orlando said. “To me, those guys go back out.” Green and Boyce had their ups and downs the first … Read More

Whys of Texas: Yes, there are issues, but LSU loss proves Longhorns aren’t that far off

Sifting through the angry emails, tweets and message board postings, it becomes quite clear that Texas fans demand to know what’s wrong with their Longhorns after the 45-38 loss to LSU. Well, what’s wrong other than the air conditioner in the visitor’s locker room. Better to … Read More

Texas notebook: Linebacker Joseph Ossai is learning that to be successful, it takes being vocal

Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai played in all 14 games last season, mostly as a backup and on special teams. He’s finding that life as the every-day starter is quite different. The sophomore had a big interception against LSU plus one sack. But he admitted to some … Read More

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Hey, it’s hot in here! No, Texas says LSU never complained about locker room air conditioner

Texas school officials were angered Monday to see reports out of Baton Rouge that LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the air conditioner was not working inside the Royal-Memorial Stadium visiting locker room, two sources said. The stadium was built in 1924, but the air conditioner in … Read More

‘It’s very fixable’: Texas’ Tom Herman keeps faith in defense after breakdowns vs. LSU

Now seems like a good time to recall what Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said in July. The Longhorns’ overall defensive speed would be “probably a different level than we’ve had around here,” Orlando promised. Then, he offered caution. “Now, where that speed goes, I don’t … Read More