Blame injuries or inexperience, Texas defense on pace to set some bad records

DALLAS — Anything worse than the numbers put up during the Charlie Strong era can’t be good. Halfway through the regular season, the statistics indicate Texas is on pace to have the worst defense in school history. The Longhorns are allowing 453.3 yards per game. That’s … Read More

No. 6 Oklahoma 34, No. 11 Texas 27: Make no mistake, this was a Red River rout

DALLAS — The Cotton Bowl scoreboard said Texas lost to rival Oklahoma by a touchdown, 34-27 for those who care about specifics. Somebody will see that score Sunday and think it was another close, epic shootout. But this felt like a Red River rout, authored by OU’s … Read More

Texas vs. Oklahoma: Five key matchups to watch

Here are five key matchups to watch Saturday in the 115th installment of the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl. OU quarterback Jalen Hurts vs. Texas nickel back B.J. Foster Foster raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he praised Hurts’ running and passing ability. Read More

Rocket man: Texas’ Sam Ehlinger can launch himself into Heisman race vs. Oklahoma

No, Jalen, this isn’t the Iron Bowl. It may not be the SEC championship game or the College Football Playoff, either. Texas-Oklahoma is none of those things, as OU quarterback Jalen Hurts will discover Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. “It’s very different,” UT … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Horns’ ‘stone cutters’ up front happy to hammer away at the Sooners

Smack talk is one thing. Speaking to reporters with unmistakable confidence is another. Texas left tackle Samuel Cosmi triggered Oklahoma fans on Tuesday with his comments about OU defensive linemen Ronnie Perkins and Neville Gallimore. “I wouldn’t say they’re super special, but they’re good … Read More

Bevo Beat

After blazing start, Texas WR Devin Duvernay named Longhorns’ sixth team captain

Texas coach Tom Herman held a rare mid-season team meeting this week. He called the Longhorns together for an announcement, something “I’ve done once before in my time as a head coach.” In a video posted by UT, Herman stood before the Horns and announced a … Read More

Whys of Texas: Malcolm Roach on relishing the Texas-OU rivalry, State Fair turkey legs

Malcolm Roach has been to the State Fair of Texas plenty of times. His father coached at Grambling State, so he’s been to plenty of Grambling-Prairie View A&M games at the Cotton Bowl over the years. “I used to get the turkey wing,” Roach said. Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas RB Keaontay Ingram taking it easy after neck injury scare vs. West Virginia

Texas running back Keaontay Ingram said he was cleared to return to the West Virginia game with a neck injury but was later held back as a precaution. Ingram left the game midway through the first half. He returned for the second half but played … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas K Cameron Dicker had up-and-down performances since Oklahoma game winner

After winking at Joseph Ossai and hammering his way into Texas-Oklahoma history, Cameron Dicker has been up and down as the Longhorns kicker. Dicker nailed the 40-yard game winner last season with nine seconds left to beat OU in the Cotton Bowl. That magical moment sent … Read More

Bevo Beat

LT Sam Cosmi still relishing his ‘big man touchdown,’ the fourth in Texas history since 1947

Texas left tackle Sam Cosmi was told Tuesday that some like to call his trick play score against West Virginia a “fat man touchdown.” “I think it’s a big man touchdown,” Cosmi said as the smile fell from his face. Either way, it was … Read More

Bevo Beat

Healthy again, Texas’ B.J. Foster gets back to his heat-seeking ways

The heat-seeking missile that is B.J. Foster wasted no time Saturday announcing his presence with authority in West Virginia. Having missed two games with a hamstring injury, the Texas nickel back made up for lost time. On the game’s third play, WVU’s T.J. Simmons had his … Read More

Hello, Sooners: Texas-Oklahoma week begins with underdog Tom Herman loose, confident

It’s Texas-Oklahoma week, folks. This is serious stuff. KEYE-TV reporter Bob Ballou was treating it as such Monday when a cell phone rang during Texas coach Tom Herman’s press conference, interrupting the ebb and flow of the Q&A. “Fraud Risk. Somebody’s getting a … Read More

Bevo Beat

Longhorn Confidential: Texas-OU: Who’s got the edge, who will emerge as a Heisman candidate?

On this week’s Longhorn Confidential, the Texas defense is gearing up to stop Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. American-Statesman staff writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Brian Davis discuss the Red River Showdown, OU’s 10-point favorite status and what it will take for the Horns to win in the Cotton Bowl. Read More

Bevo Beat

LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman talks about No. 6 Oklahoma, Red River Showdown

Texas coach Tom Herman discussed last week’s win over West Virginia and looks ahead to this week’s rivalry matchup with Oklahoma and standout quarterback Jalen Hurts.   … Read More

Texas’ Roschon Johnson still has eyes on quarterback, but ‘I’m just taking it day by day’

Roschon Johnson, the quarterback from Port Neches-Groves, is blossoming into one of Texas’ best running backs. The freshman cranked out his first 100-yard game in Saturday’s 42-31 win at West Virginia. Nobody can play two positions at once, so what exactly is Johnson’s future at Texas? “I’m kind of going … Read More

No. 11 Texas 42, West Virginia 31: A rivalry? No, just a solid road win for Longhorns

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — West Virginia is going to make Texas its rival, come hell, high water or Horns Down. Mountaineers fans showed up Saturday wearing all kinds of anti-Texas shirts featuring UT’s official logo. When it comes to UT’s trademarks, the Longhorns gladly accept cash, check or charge. Go … Read More

Who’s in, who’s out? Injuries force No. 11 Texas to reshuffle its secondary vs. West Virginia

Using logical rationale, the 11th-ranked Longhorns should be in full freak-out mode.   The statistics say Texas has the worst pass defense in the Big 12. The Horns are allowing 314.5 yards per game. Opposing quarterbacks are completing a league-high 65.1% of their throws against this unit. Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: On third-and-whatever, just go find slot receiver Devin Duvernay

The myth far outruns the truth, but it ruins a great campfire story. Yes, Texas receiver Devin Duvernay has dropped a pass. Maybe just one, though. No more than two. “Yeah, I dropped some in practice,” Duvernay said this week. His quarterback isn’t so sure, though. Sounds like a snipe … Read More

Whys of Texas: Del Conte believes ‘We’ve got to define what the new modern amateur athlete is’

It’s football season, and we’ll address some relevant Q&A’s related to this week’s Texas-West Virginia scrum in a moment. But questions about the future of the NCAA, amateurism and collegiate sports as we know it are front and center this week. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will … Read More

Texas defensive tackle Keondre Coburn coming along under Malcolm Roach’s wing

A coach’s son, Malcolm Roach sounds like one, too. Asked how to stop the run, the Texas senior defensive end said on Tuesday, “Control the line of scrimmage, penetration and make tackles.” Roach’s protégé is a quick study. “Come off the ball,” redshirt freshman Keondre Coburn said. “No D-lineman is … Read More