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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Stalling in Stillwater: Sluggish Texas trails Oklahoma State at halftime, 31-14

It’s halftime at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. No. 6 Texas, a 2.5-point favorite tonight, is trailing Oklahoma State 31-14. We’re about to find out how the Longhorns look when they’re forced to wear the rally hat. This is the third time Texas has trailed at halftime this season; the … Read More

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Tom Herman: On Ehlinger’s shoulder, Oklahoma State and the true meaning of Texas’ No. 6 ranking

After skipping last week’s regular media availability on Monday because of Texas’ off week, head coach Tom Herman was back at the podium today. Not surprisingly, Sam Ehlinger’s sprained shoulder was the big topic. Ehlinger is “on schedule” to play at Oklahoma State on Saturday with his sprained shoulder, Herman … Read More

Texas 23, Baylor 17: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 23-17 win over Baylor. Here’s how they played out: 1. How did Texas use Lil’Jordan Humphrey? As a wide receiver; Humphrey had seven catches for 41 yards. And as a running back; he ran it two … Read More

Texas 23, Baylor 17: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday: First quarter Baylor 7, Texas 3. This game started like last week’s ended — with a 40-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker. But Sam Ehlinger played only 11 snaps, leaving on the opening drive with a shoulder injury. That brought in Shane Buechele, who led … Read More

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Hello, bowl game: Shane Buechele, No. 9 Texas hold off Baylor, 23-17

It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 9-ranked Texas, a 16-point favorite today, has beaten Baylor, 23-17. It was Texas’ fourth straight win over the Bears.  The big storyline of the day: It was Shane Buechele, not Sam Ehlinger, … Read More

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It’s halftime, and Shane Buechele has Texas leading Baylor 23-10

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. No. 9 Texas, which is a 16-point favorite today, is leading Baylor, 23-10. Remember that time Colt McCoy exited the national championship game against Alabama on the fifth play with a shoulder injury? Texas has suffered its second biggest shoulder injury of the last 10 … Read More

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Tom Herman: On Texas’ streak and ranking, but not a return of Texas swagger

Tom Herman’s regularly-scheduled game week press conference Monday was 30 minutes of talk mostly about Texas, not Baylor: What’s working, what’s not, how do you sustain the energy and winning streak, etc. There’s plenty to be happy about this week. There were no new injuries to report. The Longhorns are … Read More

Texas 48, Oklahoma 45: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 48-45 win over Oklahoma. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did Keaontay Ingram top 10 carries? Yes. The freshman had 13 carries for 86 yards, an average of 6.6 yards per carry. That was more of … Read More

Texas 48, Oklahoma 45: The expanded boxscore

A look at how it all happened Saturday: First quarter Texas 10, Oklahoma 7. This is the fifth time in six games that Texas has opened on defense. Oklahoma became the fourth of those five teams to score on its opening drive. The Longhorns countered with their passing game … Read More

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A Red River shootout once again: No. 19 Texas holds off No. 7 Oklahoma 48-45

It’s all over at the Cotton Bowl. No. 19 Texas — which was a 7 1/2-point underdog today — has beaten No. 7 Oklahoma, 48-45. It wasn’t easy. It may have looked like it was going to be easy in the third quarter, but it wasn’t. Similar to the way … Read More

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It’s halftime, and No. 19 Texas is leading No. 7 Oklahoma, 24-17

It’s halftime at the Cotton Bowl. No. 19 Texas, a 7 1/2-point underdog today, is leading No. 7 Oklahoma 24-17. First, the Longhorns impressed by standing toe to toe with the undefeated Sooners. Then they impressed even more by taking control in the second quarter, establishing a running game, the … Read More

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Tom Herman: Texas-OU week is always fun, but it’s business as usual for No. 19 Longhorns

Tom Herman’s game-week press conference in advance of Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma game was a bit different than any other so far this season. After the Maryland loss, Herman’s following Monday was dominated by questions about his team’s psyche and his program’s stability. After the Tulsa win, that following Monday was dominated … Read More

Texas 19, Kansas State 14: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 19-14 win over Kansas State. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did Lil’Jordan Humphrey score again? No. Texas’ junior wide receiver finished with five catches for 50 yards but was kept out of the end zone. Read More

Texas 19, Kansas State 14: The expanded boxscore

A look at how it all happened Saturday: First quarter Texas 7, Kansas State 0. D’Shawn Jamison gave UT the early lead with the first touchdown of his college career, a 90-yard punt return that was the fourth-longest in school history. Sam Ehlinger was 9 of 12 in the … Read More

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It’s over: No. 18 Texas breaks the Manhattan curse, holds off Kansas State 19-14

It’s all over in Manhattan. No. 18-ranked Texas, which was an 8-point favorite today, has beaten Kansas State 19-14. The win means: Texas improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12. After five consecutive losses in Manhattan, Texas — which hadn’t won at Kansas State since 2002 — … Read More

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It’s halftime, and Texas is shutting out Kansas State 19-0

It’s halftime at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan. Texas, which is favored by 8 points today, is shutting out Kansas State 19-0. Expectedly, at least if you accept betting spreads, the Longhorns are getting it done. But they’re getting it done in unexpected fashion. There’s been a punt return … Read More

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Tom Herman: Thoughts on Ehlinger’s progress, going for it on fourth-and-1, and why it’s so hard to win in Manhattan

Texas coach Tom Herman has just completed his regularly-scheduled Monday press conference. For the second straight week, Herman was all smiles as he stepped up to the podium. And for the second straight week, he showed lots of love to the students who came early, were loud and stayed late … Read More

Texas 31, TCU 16: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 31-16 win over TCU. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did the defense struggle without Malcolm Roach? No. Surely the defense would have benefited having Roach — the junior linebacker with 11 career starts who’ll … Read More

Texas 31, TCU 16: The expanded boxscore

A look at how it all happened Saturday: First quarter Texas 7, TCU 6. A Tre Watson touchdown run — set up by a key fourth-down completion by Collin Johnson — gave Texas its first lead over TCU since 2013. The Longhorns had another shot at points in the … Read More

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Another ranked team goes down: Texas upsets No. 17 TCU, 31-16

It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, which was a 3-point underdog today, has beaten No. 17 TCU 31-16. It’s the Longhorns’ first win over the Horned Frogs since 2013. It’s the Horned Frogs’ second straight loss, after last week’s setback to Ohio State. The win starts Texas with a … Read More