Midseason bowl eligibility now just another mile marker on No. 7 Texas’ journey

Here in mid-October, Texas is now bowl-eligible. Before you laugh, think about what a monumental struggle it’s been to win six games each of the past four years. Looking back, it’s obvious how those within the Texas program once took winning for granted, as if it … Read More

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Movin’ up: Longhorns now 7th in AP Top 25 poll after Saturday full of upsets

On what morphed into Survival Saturday, Texas found a way to beat Baylor for its sixth-straight win. The Longhorns were rewarded Sunday and moved up to No. 7 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Saturday was a not a good day for … Read More

Texas 23, Baylor 17: Shane Buechele steps in, leads No. 9 Longhorns to sixth straight win

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger now has the Longhorns’ most concerning shoulder injury since the fifth play against Alabama. At least Ehlinger made it through 10 plays Saturday against Baylor, a 100-percent improvement over Colt McCoy in that 2009 national championship tilt. Ehlinger left the … Read More

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WATCH: Longhorn Minute: Texas beats Baylor; Improves to 6-1

Statesman writers Brian Davis and Danny Davis discuss Texas’ win over Baylor. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } … Read More

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On his journey back, Texas G Andrew Jones suffers fractured toe

Under normal circumstances, Saturday’s injury news from the Texas men’s basketball team would be no big deal. A fractured toe. But in Andrew Jones’ journey back to the basketball court, every little hiccup — or in this case, a fracture — is a big deal. Read More

This is Texas: Team’s identity has emerged by overcoming deficiencies through brute force

Teams usually spend the first month of the season searching for an identity. The Labor Day mystery is usually solved by Columbus Day. If it extends through Halloween, chances are you won’t like the answers. October is the month where teams come to grips with who … Read More

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Eyes on Texas: Forget Saturdays. Texas’ physical nature is hardened on ‘Toughness Tuesdays’

In 2016, ESPN’s Ivan Maisel, one of the best ever allowed inside the paragraph plant, took an investigative trip to the Bayou City. Just how did Tom Herman’s Houston Cougars so physically dominate No. 3 Oklahoma? The end result was a dissertation about the importance of … Read More

Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck feeling better after battling bacteria infection

Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck never dreamed an elbow problem would keep him in the hospital for five days, let alone force him to miss a football game. Beck said Wednesday he wasn’t feeling good two weeks ago and couldn’t get his body temperature down. His … Read More

Halfway home: The highs, lows and belly-rubbing excitement from Longhorns’ first 6 games

Even now, more than one month later, Texas coach Tom Herman’s comments after the season-opening loss to Maryland look mind-boggling on paper. “A lot of people are gonna want to say this feels a lot like last year,” Herman said back at FedEx Field on Sept. Read More

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The Whys of Texas: TCU’s the reason why officials removed OU’s Marquise Brown vs. UT

As Texas fans were busy celebrating Cameron Dicker’s 40-yard field goal Saturday, Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown slipped into the south end zone and laid down before the ensuing kickoff. Most Texas fans in the Cotton Bowl’s north end zone were too busy going crazy to notice. Read More

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In testimony, Brian Bowen Sr. now claims he ‘didn’t recall’ whether Longhorns offered benefits

Less than one week after testifying that Texas may have offered improper benefits to recruit his son, Brian Bowen Sr. changed his testimony Tuesday and couldn’t recall whether UT did or not. According to Yahoo Sports, Bowen testified he “didn’t recall hearing” whether the Longhorns offered … Read More

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As outside noise grows, Longhorns turning away from social media; ‘I deleted my Twitter app’

Texas coach Tom Herman deleted Twitter from his smart phone when the season began. Other Longhorns are starting to follow suit. The outside noise will only intensify should No. 9 Texas (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) keep winning each week. “I deleted my Twitter … Read More

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Texas QB Sam Ehlinger on his dustup with OU’s Kyler Murray: ‘I’m moving on to Baylor’

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger wanted no part of rehashing what happened between him and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray after Saturday’s game. “I’m moving on to Baylor. That’s pretty irrelevant at this point,” Ehlinger said Tuesday. Murray declined to comment after the game what exactly was … Read More

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Sterns & Foster: A new law firm? Or perhaps a dynamic duo in the Longhorns’ secondary?

Sterns & Foster sounds like a law firm. Or, laundry detergent. At Texas, it could be a dynamic duo in the defensive backfield for years to come. Freshmen safeties Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster were both highlight members of the 2018 recruiting class … Read More

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Have a question for the Whys of Texas mailbag? We want to hear from you

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby was on the sideline for Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma game. But as UT coach Tom Herman said, “He didn’t hand out a midseason conference championship trophy. “There is still a lot of season left. A lot.” We’ve reached the midway point … Read More

Texas coach Tom Herman’s 1-0 mentality could be what keeps the rising Longhorns grounded

Texas coach Tom Herman said he received 197 congratulatory text messages after Saturday’s win over Oklahoma. “I got nine after we lost to Maryland,” Herman said Monday. “I got nine.” One month ago, the Longhorns were a collection of fragile players that went into a shell … Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorn Confidential (Baylor)

The Hookem.com crew talks about Cameron Dicker’s cool factor and whether Baylor, a 16-point underdog, has a fighting chance this week against No. 9 Texas. Read More

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LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman on his 1-0 philosophy, getting ready for Baylor

Texas coach Tom Herman admitted Monday he voted the Longhorns 11th in this week’s coaches poll and spoke at length about his 1-0 coaching philosophy during his weekly press conference in preparation for Baylor. Read More

Longhorns follow Herman’s themes of effort, ball security to No. 9 national ranking

Texas made a seismic jump in The Associated Press Top 25 poll Sunday, leaping 10 spots to No. 9 this week. It’s the program’s first top-10 appearance since 2010 and validates the Longhorns’ current five-game winning streak. Opposing coaches tried to warn everyone this — or … Read More

Texas 48, Oklahoma 45: QB Sam Ehlinger runs wild as Longhorns win instant classic, move to 5-1

DALLAS — In the heat of the moment, it’s hard to tell what’ll hold up as an instant classic. That only comes with hindsight. The 113th installment of the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry sure felt like one, though. This one Saturday at the Cotton Bowl checked all the … Read More