Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: OSU’s got the names on offense and lots of game on defense waiting for Texas

Tailback Chuba Hubbard, probably Canada’s biggest export since Dan Aykroyd or John Candy or Rachel McAdams, led college football in rushing last year and finished eighth in the Heisman voting. Wideout Tylan Wallace is the latest in a long line of great Oklahoma State wide receivers … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Hello, Big Ten, welcome to the party

Welcome back, Big Ten. We’ve missed you. With a fourth Power 5 conference back in the fold and on the field, my Associated Press Top 25 college football ballot now includes those from that storied (stubborn) conference. The Big Ten started this weekend with … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas throttles Baylor, eyes its final chance in Stillwater

And now for the main event. Actually maybe the only event left, given what’s at stake. When a team like a 3-2 Texas reaches the halfway point of an abbreviated, 10-game season with two losses already in Big 12 play, the next game is … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Herman is straddling support of players and appeasing fans

Tom Herman was one mellow fellow on Monday. He was calm. He was reasoned. He was positive. He was organized and thorough and pleasant. He even offered a few book reviews on positive thinking. He wasn’t the least bit defensive or irritable and didn’t … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Soaring Aggies make a statement, on the rise

OK, Aggies, we get it. You’re good. Celebrate. Enjoy your pounding of Mississippi State, your soaring ranking in the polls and a week off before facing new, uh, powerhouse Arkansas. Texas A&M (3-1) made the biggest ascent on my Associated Press … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: For a team (still) unable to run the ball, Slinging Sammy is the best cure-all

The anguish from his Texas team’s 53-45 quadruple-overtime loss to Oklahoma was still fresh on his mind as well as deeply embedded in the hearts of Longhorn Nation. A week later, Tom Herman is frantically searching for answers. For springing the Longhorns’ bottled-up run game. For fixing the kicking woes … Read More

Former Longhorn Lynn Howden dies after heart attack

Lynn Howden, a center on the Texas basketball team in the early 1970s, suffered a massive heart attack during an extended stay in an Austin hospital for a broken hip and died Tuesday night, the school announced. Howden was a three-year letterman for the Longhorns from 1969-1972 and still holds … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Georgia chasing Clemson; rising Aggies get signature win

Clemson remains atop my new Associated Press Top 25 ballot after taking on challenger Miami and dominating the Hurricanes at home, but the Tigers have a new team chasing them with Georgia rising to No. 2 ahead of this week’s opponent Alabama. The Bulldogs’ decisive win … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Stinging loss could leave Tom Herman on borrowed time at Texas

DALLAS — The ball floated out of Sam Ehlinger’s exhausted arm and was cradled by Oklahoma’s Tre Brown in the corner of the end zone, ending a game that had almost refused to end. Ehlinger did everything humanly possible — maybe super-humanly possible — but his … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: On the line in Dallas? Just Texas’ season, CFP hopes and maybe the direction of the program

Oklahoma wants to win on Saturday. Texas needs to win on Saturday. And it’s that wholesale desperation and 60-minute sense of urgency, along with the presence of the most veteran quarterback in the league and one of the 10 best to ever put on a Longhorns uniform, which should signal … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Case McCoy beat Oklahoma and A&M, has now found ‘what he’s good at’

Case McCoy was as focused as he’s ever been in his life. He’d long considered the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry the greatest in all of college football. He’d hung out at the Cotton Bowl for every blood-feud game since big brother Colt was a high school sophomore and … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas, OU are down and Iowa State, K-State are rising — hello, 2020

The regular season for the Big 12 is supposed to end in Arlington with the conference championship on Dec. 12. But if you listen to some, the season’s already ended. The Big 12’s done. Kaput. Finished. Stick a fork in ‘em. It … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Iowa State, TCU make their presence known

Through four weeks of games, it seems that it’s been established that there are only four super teams capable of running the table. For now. Check back in 24 hours. Otherwise, it’s getting harder and harder to define upsets in the crazy 2020 world because teams … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas has a bad recent history to TCU — and rightly owns it after loss

 Of all the conclusions drawn from yet another Texas loss to TCU, this could be the most disturbing. The best team won. Not only did the unranked Horned Frogs (1-1, 1-1 Big 12) win the … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Ash is detailed, dedicated enough to upgrade Horns’ defense

Cancel that all-points bulletin for Chris Ash. There’s been a sighting. Some might have wondered if the new Texas defensive coordinator would stay holed up in his home or be seen in his neighborhood wandering aimlessly about, given his unit’s largely abysmal performance in … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Lots for Texas to fix, especially in the kicking game

Tom Herman made a really splashy hire in the offseason. Well, actually he made a ton of highly visible hires since the Alamo Bowl, firing nearly everyone but the equipment manager after a highly disappointing 7-5 regular season. He hired new coordinators on … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mississippi State, Kansas State make big climbs

This week’s directions from the main office about filling out our Associated Press Top 25 college football ballot came with new liberties. Feel free to vote for any football teams, no matter what conference, no matter if they’ve played a single game, no matter if they may eventually play only … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: That’s Sam Ehlinger, with a hard ‘g’ — as in great

LUBBOCK — As Texas Tech running back SaRodorick raced down the visitors’ sideline at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday to complete an apparently game-sealing, 75-yard touchdown run, he wasn’t even in the Texas Tech end zone before someone showed up at Tom Herman’s side. It was a determined Sam Ehlinger, … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Special teams haunt Longhorns, but Texas survives in Lubbock

LUBBOCK — Extra football. And an extraordinary performance by Sam Ehlinger, who willed Texas to a stunning win and helped the Longhorns (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) pull  off one of the most amazing comebacks in school history on Saturday. The unthinkable nearly happened on a picture-perfect afternoon, but eighth-ranked Texas dodged … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas Tech is Wells on its way to respectability

Matt Wells doesn’t hold grudges. But he doesn’t forget, either. Not all of the Texas Tech coach’s memories are fond from his days growing up in Sallisaw, Okla., which was also the fictional home of the Joad family in “The Grapes of Wrath,” sharecroppers who were forced from their farms. Read More