Rich Tijerina

American-Statesman Staff

A California-born, Texas-raised Aggie overseeing the Statesman's Longhorns coverage. I've worked in New Braunfels, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi again and now Austin, since 2002. Words matter.

Texas 48, Rice 13: Our five questions for Texas — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Texas’ 48-13 win over Rice on Saturday night. Here’s how they played out: 1. Which Houston-area Longhorn shined the brightest? Easy. D’Shawn Jamison. And that’s saying something. Texas is loaded with playmakers from the Houston area, including left … Read More

No. 12 Texas 48, Rice 13: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday night: First quarter Texas 14, Rice 0. Texas’ first two drives started at its own 18- and 10-yard lines. The Horns rattled off 82- and 90-yard scoring drives. Roschon Johnson’s first career touchdown capped a first drive that saw UT convert three third downs (third-and-2, … Read More

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It’s over: No. 12 Texas gets back on winning track in dominating fashion, 48-13 over Rice

It’s all over at NRG Stadium in Houston. Twelfth-ranked Texas, which was a 31.5-point favorite tonight, has beaten Rice 48-13. Sam Ehlinger produced more than 300 total yards and threw three touchdowns, Keaontay Ingram bounced back just fine from that dropped touchdown catch last week with a pair of touchdown … Read More

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Texas is controlling, well, just about everything; Horns lead Rice at halftime, 31-0

It’s halftime at NRG Stadium in Houston. No. 12 Texas, which is a 31.5-point favorite tonight, is shutting out Rice 31-0. The fact that the Longhorns are cruising past the Owls is hardly surprising. Texas is more than a four-touchdown favorite, coming off a tough top-10 matchup loss at home … Read More

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Tom Herman: ‘We don’t live in a world of what-ifs or shoulda-woulda-coulda’s’

Tom Herman’s Rice game-week press conference has come and gone. What you need to know:  1. B.J. Foster will be out “at least a couple of weeks” with a “significant” hamstring issue. DeMarvion Overshown likely will move up to take his spot at nickel. 2. All of the injured running … Read More

LSU 45, Texas 38: Our five questions for Texas — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday night’s Texas-LSU game. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did the offensive line keep LSU away from Sam Ehlinger? No. Ehlinger was sacked five times. In his 22 career starts, he’s now been sacked 45 times. LSU’s … Read More

No. 6 LSU 45, No. 9 Texas 38: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday night: First quarter LSU 3, Texas 0. The Longhorns’ defense produced a sack and an interception, but the Tigers had the only points thanks to an opening-drive field goal that was set up by Joe Burrow’s 38-yard pass to Terrace Marshall. Texas twice was stuffed … Read More

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It’s over: No. 6 LSU outlasts No. 9 Texas in top-10 matchup, 45-38

 It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 9-ranked Texas, which was a 6.5-point underdog tonight, has fallen to No. 6 LSU, 45-38. Why Texas (1-1) lost In a tight matchup, missed opportunities will be the ultimate culprit. Two first-half … Read More

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Two late scores push LSU to a 20-7 lead over Texas at halftime

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 9 Texas, which is a 6.5-point underdog tonight, is trailing No. 6 LSU, 13-7. This hasn’t been a classic game as a No. 6 vs. No. 9 might expect. Texas has been erratic on offense. LSU committed what should have been a costly turnover. Read More

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Tom Herman, on Texas’ game with No. 6 LSU: ‘We know there’s a bigger-picture goal out there’

Tom Herman’s LSU game-week press conference has come and gone. What you need to know:  1. The big injury Texas is dealing with: Freshman running back Jordan Whittington. He’s dealing with a sports hernia — or, as Herman put it, he’s suffered a “torn adductor off his pubic off of … Read More

Texas 45, Louisiana Tech 14: Our five questions for Texas — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday night’s season-opening win over Louisiana Tech. Here’s how they played out: 1. Who was Texas’ leading rusher? Keaontay Ingram. Ingram, who was injured in the first preseason scrimmage and subsequently held out for … Read More

Texas 45, Louisiana Tech 14: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday night in Austin: First quarter Texas 7, Louisiana Tech 0. It was a heavy dose of Duvernay early for the Longhorns; after returning the opening kickoff 36 yards, he caught for short passes on the opening drive, including a touchdown. He also had a run … Read More

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It’s over: No. 10 Texas starts its season with a win for a change, cruises past Louisiana Tech 45-14

It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 10-ranked Texas, which was a 20.5-point favorite tonight, has beaten Conference USA’s Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 45-14. What this win means for Texas It doesn’t quite make up for the 2017 and 2018 season-opening losses to Maryland, but being 1-0 out of the gate … Read More

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Texas looks like it’s on cruise control; Horns lead Louisiana Tech at halftime, 24-0

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 10 Texas, which is a 20.5-point favorite tonight, is controlling Louisiana Tech, 24-0. Things are playing out nicely for the Longhorns, who look well on their way to exorcising those season-opening losses to Maryland the past two years. Sam Ehlinger is keeping his runs … Read More

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Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz: ‘It’s good for college football when Texas is winning’

Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz — Lou’s son, and the father of former Texas preferred walk-on quarterback Trey Holtz (2012-16) — held his first game-week press conference of the season on Tuesday. Here’s some of what he had to say: “It’s always great to hear a player’s perspective after … Read More

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Tom Herman, on the running backs: ‘The level of concern is high’

Tom Herman’s first game-week press conference has come and gone. What you need to know:  1. Wide receiver Joshua Moore has been suspended for this week’s game. Also missing it, because of injuries — RBs Daniel Young and Kirk Johnson, and OL Reese Moore. OL Gerald Wilbon has tweaked his … Read More

Big 12 media days: Our staff’s Day 2 takeaways, from the week’s winners to UT’s hydration chart

We sent five staffers to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for this year’s Big 12 media days — columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden and writers Brian Davis, Suzanne Halliburton and Danny Davis. Here are their takeaways from Day 2, which included coaches and players from Texas, Baylor, West Virginia, Kansas State … Read More

Big 12 media days: Our staff’s Day 1 takeaways, from Horns Down to the transfer portal

We’ve sent five staffers to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for this year’s Big 12 media days — columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden and writers Brian Davis, Suzanne Halliburton and Danny Davis. Here are their takeaways from Day 1, which included coaches and players from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU … Read More

Texas 28, Georgia 21: Our five Sugar Bowl questions for Georgia — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Bulldogs ahead of Tuesday’s 28-21 loss in the Sugar Bowl: 1. Did Georgia look motivated, deflated or somewhere in between? Deflated. Uninspired. Disinterested. Take your pick. Either way, the Bulldogs looked flat for three-and-a-half quarters. Two mistakes in the punting game, … Read More

Texas 28, Georgia 21: Our five Sugar Bowl questions for Texas — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Tuesday night’s 28-21 win in the Sugar Bowl. Here’s how they played out: 1. Who ended the season as Texas’ leading rusher? Tre Watson. The graduate transfer from Cal, playing in his final game, led all rushers … Read More