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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Gulp! Texas is one half away from a Big 12 title game spot, but leads Kansas only 7-0

It’s halftime at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan. Fourteenth-ranked Texas, needing a win today to secure a spot in next week’s Big 12 championship game, is leading Kansas 7-0. In some ways, this game isn’t that close. The Longhorns’ defense has been impressive and Kansas has been unable to do … Read More

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Tom Herman: No rest for the weary for Texas — if Sam Ehlinger can play, he’s going to play

Tom Herman’s final regular-season Monday press conference was laid back, comfortable and focused. The second-year Texas coach was all smiles as he began. He opened with thoughts/concerns over the short week — getting out of DKR between midnight and 1 a.m. late Saturday night, then turning around for practice on … Read More

Texas 24, Iowa State 10: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday night’s 24-10 win over Iowa State. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did Texas have to worry about Iowa State’s run game before halftime? No. The Cyclones had to go without David Montgomery for the first … Read More

Texas 24, Iowa State 10: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday night: First quarter Texas 7, Iowa State 3. Collin Johnson, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury, had two catches for 48 yards on Texas’ opening drive. Sam Ehlinger capped it with his 10th rushing touchdown of the season. For only the third … Read More

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Thank you, Okie State: Texas knocks off Iowa State 24-10, is one win away from a Big 12 title game berth

It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. The 15th-ranked Longhorns, needing to take care of business against No. 16 Iowa State, did exactly that — a decisive 24-10 victory that, coupled with Oklahoma State’s 45-41 win over West Virginia in Stillwater, has Texas poised to play in the Big 12 championship … Read More

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Texas, needing to take care of business, is taking care of business; Horns up at halftime, 17-3

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Fifteenth-ranked Texas, its path to the Big 12 championship game within reach, is leading No. 16 Iowa State 17-3. One of the biggest roars of the night came before kickoff and before the Senior Night ceremony honoring the team’s final home games for 26 seniors. Read More

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Tom Herman: Texas’ battered defense should play better this week against Iowa State

Tom Herman’s weekly press conference was on focus. Injuries. Sam Ehlinger’s development. Schematic changes on the defense. Philosophical changes on the defense. Making adjustments on the line. His thoughts on Iowa State’s quarterback. His thoughts on Iowa State’s star receiver. What didn’t come up was Iowa State’s star running back … Read More

Texas 41, Texas Tech 34: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday night’s 41-34 win over Texas Tech. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did Texas establish the run? No. The Longhorns didn’t have a 100-yard rusher, averaged 3.3 yards per carry and finished with 157 yards, their fifth-lowest … Read More

Texas 41, Texas Tech 34: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday night in Lubbock: First quarter Texas Tech 7, Texas 0. For the eighth time in 10 games, the Horns gave up points on an opponent’s opening drive. Jett Duffey’s touchdown to T.J. Vasher was the score, but a key fourth-and-5 conversion at UT’s 44 (a … Read More

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Holy Humphrey! Texas survives a late Texas Tech rally, leaves Lubbock with wild 41-34 win

It’s over in Lubbock. No. 19 Texas, with no more wiggle room for its hopes at making the Big 12 championship game, has escaped with a wild 41-34 victory Texas Tech. Ten years ago, Michael Crabtree broke the Longhorns’ hearts with a last-second touchdown catch. Tonight, Lil’Jordan Humphrey returned the … Read More

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Big defensive play jolts Texas awake; Horns leading Texas Tech 17-10 at halftime

It’s halftime in Lubbock. No. 19 Texas is leading Texas Tech, 17-10. The cowbells are clanging. Texas is going without starting safety Brandon Jones for the second straight game and without starting wide receiver Colin Johnson, both of whom were ruled out earlier today. Lil’Jordan Humphrey is playing out wide … Read More

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Tom Herman, on WVU, the two straight losses and Texas Tech: ‘We’ve got to move on’

Tom Herman’s regularly-scheduled game week press conference ahead of this week’s Texas Tech game surprisingly featured several questions about Texas’ opponent, not about the Longhorns themselves. Texas is 6-3 and 4-2 in the Big 12. The Horns have lost two in a row after that 6-1 start and No. 6 … Read More

West Virginia 42, Texas 41: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 42-41 loss to West Virginia. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did Kris Boyd and Davante Davis redeem themselves? Boyd: Yes. Davis: No. Don’t blame Davis, however. He suffered a shoulder injury on the second play … Read More

West Virginia 42, Texas 41: The expanded boxscore

 How it all happened on Saturday: First quarter Texas 14, West Virginia 10. The Mountaineers scored on a field goal to open the game — now the seventh … Read More

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Heartbreak at home: Late 2-point gamble pays off for West Virginia; Texas falls 42-41

It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 17 Texas, which was a 1 1/2-point favorite today, has fallen to No. 13 West Virginia, 42-41. What a game. Back-and-forth. Big plays here, big stops there. Long field goals. Big pass plays. A player ejection. Several fourth-down gambles.   … Read More

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Not a great day for defense: Texas leads West Virginia at halftime, 28-27

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 17 Texas is leading No. 13 West Virginia, 28-27. The Longhorns are just 1 1/2-point favorites at home today in front of a sellout crowd. These teams looked close on paper and that’s holding up on the field. Consider this: Through the first 20 … Read More

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Tom Herman: ‘The sun came up today. As it did yesterday.’

Texas came crashing back to earth last Saturday in Stillwater, a 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State that knocked the Longhorns from sole possession of first place in the Big 12 and, with two losses, all but ended their hope for a CFP berth. Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia all are … Read More

Oklahoma State 38, Texas 35: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did either team look settled at quarterback? Both, surprisingly. Surprising on both sides. Sam Ehlinger, who was iffy to start because of the sprained … Read More

Oklahoma State 38, Texas 35: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday night in Stillwater: First quarter Oklahoma State 17, Texas 7. The Longhorns benched their starting cornerbacks for disciplinary reasons, instead starting a redshirt freshman and a true freshman. The Cowboys capitalized. OSU quarterback Taylor Cornelius, who has been drawing the ire of fans, was 9 … Read More

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Stunned in Stillwater: Comeback bid falls short in Texas’ 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State

It’s all over in Stillwater, Okla. No. 6-ranked Texas, which was a 2.5-point favorite tonight, has fallen to Oklahoma State, 38-35. Goodbye, six-game win streak. Goodbye to the inside track to make the Big 12 championship game. That’s still a possibility, but the path is a bit trickier now. But … Read More