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 a late TCU touchdown has Texas trailing, 13-10

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, which is a 3-point underdog today, is trailing No. 17 TCU 13-10. Sam Ehlinger looks good. Collin Johnson has been active. The offensive line has looked really solid on pass protection. The defense has looked close to its 2017 form, more than holding its … Read More

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Tom Herman: There’s no time to look back at the USC win with Big 12 play already here

Tom Herman has completed his fourth game-week press conference of the season. Sometimes these Monday media availabilities skew toward the week’s opponent, sometimes toward the game that was played the previous Saturday and sometimes about the team itself, especially when there are levels of concern like there have been the … Read More

Third and Longhorns: A closer look at Texas’s 37-14 win over USC

Why Texas (2-1) won How about six straight scores without a USC answer? Things looked shaky at the end of the first quarter, as the Longhorns trailed 14-3. But it was all Texas from there — touchdown, field goal, field goal, touchdown, blocked field goal return for a touchdown, … Read More

Texas 37, USC 14: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday night’s 37-14 win over USC. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did Tom Herman get his first big win at Texas? Yes. Big win? Certainly. Signature win? Probably not — a win over the 22nd-ranked team … Read More

Texas 37, USC 14: The expanded boxscore

A look at how it all happened Saturday: First quarter USC 14, Texas 3. The Trojans sandwiched a punt with two touchdown drives and accumulated 129 yards of offense. Both touchdowns were runs, but it was freshman quarterback JT Daniels who was the star; he completed passes to seven … Read More

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It’s over: Texas cruises past No. 22 USC in impressive fashion, 37-14

It’s all over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, which was favored by about a field goal, has beaten No. 22 USC 37-14. Did we just witness Tom Herman get his signature win at Texas? That’s up for debate. Remember that sky-high overtime win against 10th-ranked Notre Dame to open the 2016 … Read More

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It’s halftime, and Texas is leading No. 22 USC in a tight one, 16-14

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas is leading No. 22 USC, 16-14. The Longhorns are favored by a field goal tonight. This one is lacking the offensive fireworks that the 2017 matchup gave us in Los Angeles, but it’s looking just as tight as that one, which ended up going … Read More

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Tom Herman: ‘I tell them all the time, our very best is good enough’

Tom Herman’s weekly press conference First, he gave us injury updates: Freshman running back Keaontay Ingram, who averaged 6.3 yards against Maryland and 6.4 against Tulsa, is “probably doubtful” for this week’s USC game. He had an MRI done on his knee; Herman said it’s being labeled as “a pretty … Read More

Third and Longhorns: A closer look at Texas’s 28-21 win over Tulsa

Why Texas (1-1) won Well, maybe because Tulsa just ran out of time. The Longhorns were up 21-0 toward the end of the third quarter but had to grit out the victory, that 13-play, 75-yard drive to go up 28-21 with 6:13 left ending up being a real key. Read More

Texas 28, Tulsa 21: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday night’s 28-21 win over Tulsa. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did Texas feed Keaontay Ingram? Yes. It wasn’t like Ingram, the Carthage freshman who has impressed — during fall camp in August and  then again … Read More

Texas 28, Tulsa 21: The expanded boxscore

A look at how it all happened Saturday: First quarter Texas 14, Tulsa 0. Sam Ehlinger’s touchdown run was set up by a really nice throw to Lil’Jordan Humphrey in double coverage, and Keaontay Ingram carved up the Tulsa defense on his scoring run. But the Horns failed to … Read More

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Texas holds off Tulsa’s fourth-quarter rally for home-opening win, 28-21

It’s over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, which not only needed a win tonight but also needed to look good getting it, has beaten Tulsa 28-21. It was the first-ever meeting between the schools. The Longhorns were 23-point favorites. The optimists out there will say a win is a win, 1-1 is a heck of a … Read More

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It’s halftime, and Texas is leading Tulsa 21-0

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, needing not only a win tonight but also to look good getting it, is leading Tulsa 21-0. We’ve seen a lot through these first two quarters. Sam Ehlinger has connected on 40-, 36- and 35-yard passes. Caden Sterns had his first career interception — … Read More

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Tom Herman, on Maryland, changing QBs, and what the loss meant and where Texas goes from here

Tom Herman’s second game-week press conference has come and gone. As expected, the second-year Texas coach was peppered with the kind of questions you’d expect after his 23rd-ranked team fell on the road to a team coming off a 4-8 season that was playing without its suspended head coach: Should … Read More

Third and Longhorns: A closer look at Maryland 34 Texas 29

Why Texas (0-1) lost The Longhorns started off in a funk, then got hot, then got cold again after an hour-and-a-half weather delay. It was anyone’s game before that delay; Texas’ four drives to close the game after it ended with a punt, a Sam Ehlinger interception, a Tre … Read More

Maryland 34, Texas 29: The expanded boxscore

A look at how it all happened Saturday: First quarter Maryland 14, Texas 7. Maryland freshman Jeshaun Jones, a three-star recruit from Florida, made an instant impact in his college debut. His first two touches were touchdowns. Texas’ Devin Duvernay, meanwhile, scored for the first time since 2016. Maryland: … Read More

Maryland 34, Texas 29: Our five pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 34-29 loss at Maryland. Here’s how they played out: 1. Did Texas stop the run? Yes. Maryland, which scorched the Longhorns for 263 rushing yards last year, mustered 143 on Saturday, an average of 3.1 yards … Read More

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It’s over: Late turnovers doom Texas in 34-29 opening loss at Maryland

It’s all over at FedEx Field. No. 23 Texas has fallen to Maryland for the second straight year to open the season, 34-29. It was only the 20th all-time season-opening loss for Texas. But also its second in a row. Why Texas (0-1) lost: The Longhorns started off in a … Read More

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At the half: No. 23 Texas’ scoring spurt has Horns trailing Maryland, 24-22

It’s halftime at FedEx Field. No. 23 Texas is trailing Maryland, 24-22. It’s been a tale of two quarters. Today began looking like we’d stepped inside a time machine. But it only looked like the 2017 season opener. The Terps raced out to a 24-7 lead and looked like they were ready to put … Read More

50 shades of disarray: A review of every Texas game since the departure of Mack Brown

Texas football is 23-27 in its first 50 games after Mack Brown’s departure. How the Longhorns got from there to here: 1. AUG. 30, 2014 Texas 38, North Texas 7 A solid start to the Charlie Strong years, but the season was soured: QB David Ash (concussions) and C Dom … Read More