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.

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It’s halftime, and Texas is trailing No. 16 Kansas State 14-7

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, which is a 7-point favorite today but 0-2 vs. ranked teams this year, is trailing No. 16 Kansas State, 14-7. And the Longhorns should consider themselves lucky to only be down by one touchdown. The Wildcats are producing some big gainers and chunk plays, … Read More

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Tom Herman: Texas is on the ropes, so is it time to fight out of it or throw in the towel?

Tom Herman’s game week press conference in advance of Saturday’s Kansas State game has come and gone.   What you need to know As was hoped/expected, Texas should get some key players back from injuries this week. 1. Listed as probable — safety Caden Sterns (knee), nickel back B.J. Foster … Read More

TCU 37, Texas 27: Our five questions for Texas — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Texas’ 37-27 loss to TCU on Saturday. Here’s how they played out:   1. Did a Texas running back rush for 100 yards? No. It looked like Keaontay Ingram was on his way there — he had 60 … Read More

TCU 37, No. 15 Texas 27: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth:   First quarter Texas 3, TCU 3. For only the second time this season, the Horns forced an opening-drive punt. TCU’s Max Duggan threw his first pick of the season on the second drive, but Sam Ehlinger … Read More

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It’s over in Fort Worth, and No. 15 Texas has fallen to TCU, 37-27

It’s all over at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. The 15th-ranked Longhorns have fallen to TCU, 37-27. Texas has dropped its last three games at TCU. This week started with the Horned Frogs as slight favorites at home, then it was Texas favored by 1 point toward the … Read More

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It’s halftime in Fort Worth, and No. 15 Texas is leading TCU 17-13

It’s halftime at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. No. 15-ranked Texas, which has dropped its last two games at TCU, is leading the Horned Frogs at halftime, 17-13. If you paid the money to be there live, or if you’re watching it on TV, you’re seeing some rarely-seen … Read More

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Wrong for Texas fans to be worried about the KU win? ‘No, they should be,’ Tom Herman says

Tom Herman’s game week press conference in advance of Saturday’s TCU game has come and gone.   What you need to know 1. Injury updates — the good: Jalen Green practiced on Sunday and will go through contact drills on Tuesday. Brandon Jones was limited in practice, but Herman said … Read More

Texas 50, Kansas 48: Our five questions for Texas — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Texas’ 50-48 win over Kansas on Saturday. Here’s how they played out:   1. Did Devin Duvernay stay hot from the first half of his season? Yes. Duvernay, who led the country with 53 catches heading into … Read More

No. 15 Texas 50, Kansas 48: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday night at Royal-Memorial Stadium:   First quarter Texas 14, Kansas 3. The Longhorns produced touchdowns on their first two drives, including a touchdown catch by Jake Smith, who moved to within three TDs of Roy Williams’ freshman-record eight scores. Every one of Kansas’ three drives … Read More

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It’s over at DKR, and Dicker’s field goal lifts Texas past — gulp! — Kansas, 50-48

It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 15-ranked Texas, which was a 21-point favorite tonight, has beaten Kansas 50-48. That’s right. It took a last-second field goal from Dicker the Kicker to avoid a big, big loss. This is how it ended: Texas, trailing 48-47, needed a field goal to … Read More

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It’s halftime, and Texas is holding off the Kansas Jayhawks, 21-17

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 15 Texas, which is a 21-point favorite tonight, is leading Kansas 21-17. That’s right, 21-17. And for a little while, the Longhorns were trailing toward the end of the second quarter. It was the Jayhawks’ first lead in Austin since 1997. Texas started out … Read More

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Tom Herman, on Texas’ loss to OU: ‘The sun came up, which is always a good thing’

Tom Herman’s game week press conference in advance of Saturday’s Kansas game has come and gone.   What you need to know 1. Herman’s not expecting any kind of hangover from the Oklahoma loss. “The sun came up, which is always a good thing,” he said, opening the presser. Later, … Read More

Oklahoma 34, Texas 27: Our five questions for Texas — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Texas’ 34-27 loss on Saturday. Here’s how they played out:   1. Did the defense get to Jalen Hurts? No. Oh, the Longhorns were able to apply some pressure to the Oklahoma quarterback on some key third downs, … Read More

No. 6 Oklahoma 34, No. 11 Texas 27: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday at the Cotton Bowl:   First quarter Oklahoma 7, Texas 0. For the fourth time in six games, Texas gave up points on an opponent’s opening possession. This time it was an early Lincoln Riley gamble on fourth-and-goal, a rollout by Jalen Hurts, who found … Read More

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It’s over at the Cotton Bowl: No. 6 Oklahoma pushes past No. 11 Texas, 34-27

  It’s all over at the Cotton Bowl. No. 11-ranked Texas, which was a 10.5-point underdog in this year’s Red River Showdown, has lost to No. 6 Oklahoma, 34-27. Red River Showdown? More like a Red River Reversal. Heading into this game, we figured the Longhorns’ offense would be … Read More

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It’s halftime at the Cotton Bowl, and Texas is trailing Oklahoma 10-3

It’s halftime at the Cotton Bowl. No. 11 Texas, which is a 10.5-point underdog today, is trailing No. 6 Oklahoma, 10-3. This Red River Showdown has been a Red River Reversal — Texas’ offense is struggling but the defense is making plays, while OU’s defense has stymied Sam Ehlinger but … Read More

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Tom Herman, on Texas-Oklahoma: ‘This week speaks for itself’

Tom Herman’s Oklahoma game-week press conference has come and gone. This is the game of the year for the Longhorns — maybe, like in 2018, the first of two games of the year against the same opponent. Yet he appeared loose, not tight, sharing some laughs with the local media … Read More

No. 11 Texas 42, West Virginia 31: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday in Morgantown:   First quarter Texas 7, West Virginia 7. The Mountaineers scored on their opening drive, thanks to two costly UT penalties and a long touchdown pass. They weren’t as successful on their next three possessions, however; one of those lasted just one play … Read More

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It’s over: No. 11 Texas rides a big fourth quarter to down West Virginia, 42-31

It’s all over at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown. No. 11 Texas, which was a 10.5-point favorite today, has beaten West Virginia, 42-31. This was a 21-17 game heading into the fourth quarter, when if felt like the Mountaineers were trending upward and the Longhorns were heading the other way. Read More

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It’s halftime in Morgantown, and No. 11 Texas leads West Virginia 21-14

It’s halftime at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown. No. 11 Texas, which is an 11.5-point favorite today, is leading West Virginia 21-14. Anyone up for a close one? Because this one has all the makings for a close finish. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise; these two schools … Read More