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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Discipline, standards can’t be compromised at Texas — whatever the cost

Kris Boyd and Davonte Davis didn’t start. They didn’t play until the second quarter. They were suspended. Lil’Jordan Humphrey sat out the first series of the game. He, too, was suspended. Breckyn Hager bulldozed into an Oklahoma State receiver blocking on a kneel-down play by the victorious Cowboys and nearly … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: A Herman blowup and a failed comeback equals growing pains in Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — So long, Top 10. It was nice knowing you. Those CFP dreams? Fun while it lasted. The enduring image of Texas’ three-week stay among the national elite came with its fate all but sealed at a raucous Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday night. Defensive end Breckyn Hager … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Fueled by football, UT athletics is getting that 2002 feeling again

The question alone mortified Kerwin Roach II. The Texas football team has Oklahoma State this weekend. Snoop, who you got? “C’mon, why would you even ask that?” the Texas senior replied at Big 12 men’s basketball media day Wednesday in Kansas City. Hey, you … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas should beware Stillwater’s atmosphere, crowd and ‘paddle people’

Oklahoma State is having a down year. Coach Mike Gundy has somehow been unable to stack wins similar to the ones created by superstars Mason Rudolph and James Washington, who have taken their acts to the NFL. The Cowboys are 4-3 overall and losers of three of their last four … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: To play Sam Ehlinger or to sit him? That’s the question facing Tom Herman

Tom Herman has some decisions to make. Some tough ones. For now, they all revolve around his quarterback. Make that quarterbacks. Because it looks clear since starter Sam Ehlinger went down that the Longhorns may need two — or more — quarterbacks to get through this season. Hey, that hasn’t … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas basketball, throw Gregory Gym a non-conference bone

Bring hoops back to Gregory Gym. We’re not talking about the four-on-four pickup games across the hall, but something along the lines of the NCAA variety witnessed by the estimated 1,000-plus that braved the weather to watch  the campus squads Wednesday night in the Texas Tip-off. Our grandparents remember when … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: No Maryland? Then no problems on the 2019 schedule, right?

Texas coach Tom Herman hates to look beyond next week. So let’s skip ahead to next year. The Longhorns’ 2019 schedule was finalized on Thursday by the Big 12 office. A cursory check reveals there are no Maryland Terrapins in sight, so things are already looking … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas had better learn from the near disaster against Baylor

Want evidence that Texas plays to its level of competition? Well, call up that DVR copy of the thrilling 48-45 win over seventh-ranked Oklahoma that you’ve watched two or three times and then re-watch the second half of Saturday’s near-disaster against Baylor. Tale of two different games.  The Horns were … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: In need of relief, Texas went to Plan B — and B is for Buechele

Nearly everyone knew the physical, risk-taking Sam Ehlinger would get hurt at some point this season, but no one knew when. When came Saturday. But Shane Buechele came up large. Well, large enough. With the injury to Ehlinger early in the Baylor game, Texas had to formulate a new plan … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Post-Maryland Texas is letting the chips fall where they may

Derek Warehime came up with the idea. A light bulb went off for the Texas tight ends coach as he was looking for a way to galvanize a potentially fractured football team. For sure, the fan base was broken. Coaches have been coming up with gimmicks to motivate their players … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Forget Saturdays. Texas’ physical nature is hardened on ‘Toughness Tuesdays’

In 2016, ESPN’s Ivan Maisel, one of the best ever allowed inside the paragraph plant, took an investigative trip to the Bayou City. Just how did Tom Herman’s Houston Cougars so physically dominate No. 3 Oklahoma? The end result was a dissertation about the importance of … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Who voted Texas higher — the Horns’ own coach or yours truly?

So here’s a bit of sports trivia. Who voted Texas higher on his most recent college football ballot, Tom Herman or yours truly? You’d probably guess wrong because the Longhorns were No. 9 on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot this week and only No. 11 on Herman’s ballot for … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: How Texas’ Sam Ehlinger came of age vs. Kyler Murray, OU

DALLAS — Sam Ehlinger, Longhorns legend. OK, let’s not put him in the exact class of James Street, Vince Young, Colt McCoy or Peter Gardere — who famously went 4-0 against Oklahoma — but any Texas quarterback that takes out the Sooners just once becomes part of a special group. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Resounding win over OU propels Texas back into national relevance

DALLAS — Texas beat Oklahoma. And then Texas beat ’em again. This game was so sweet for its long-suffering fan base, Texas actually won this game twice. Sounds better that way too since the Sooners had won six of the last eight meetings and basically own the Big 12. The … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Baker Mayfield’s out, Kyler Murray’s in … and Oklahoma may be better?

Here’s what’s really scary. Texas lost to Baker Mayfield a year ago. As we all know, he was good. Real good. Heisman Trophy good. First pick of the NFL draft good. College Football Playoff semifinalist good. Lots of records good. But he’s gone. Now the Longhorns get to face another … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Drama-free Longhorns? Winning brings about first calm stretch in years

Colt McCoy’s sage advice still rings true today about living in the Austin fishbowl. Texas is an incredible place when you’re winning. But it’s hell on losers. These last four weeks have been as smooth and drama-free as the Longhorns have enjoyed in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: When it comes to comparing Texas and Oklahoma receivers, size matters

For Texas to get it done in Dallas, its best receivers don’t have to outshine that more heralded duo on the other sideline. Just be more physical. Bigger could be better. Physicality. It’s one thing 6-6, 220-pound Collin Johnson and 6-4, 225-pound Lil’Jordan Humphrey bring to the party. They’re larger … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Help wanted — Sam Ehlinger can’t do it alone on the ground, nor should Texas want him to

Sam Ehlinger cannot be Texas’ leading rusher on Saturday. Well, he can. But Tom Herman will have to find another playmaker on the ground to complement his sophomore quarterback if the Longhorns are to stand a reasonable chance of upsetting seventh-ranked Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. Ehlinger can’t do it … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Longhorns on the rise on my ballot

Five weeks into the college football season and the Longhorns are on a steady rise up the polls. Well, kinda. After being ranked 23rd in the preseason poll but falling out after the loss to Maryland on the road, Texas has gradually made its way back up the Associated Press … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: New play caller Tom Herman, Horns break the Snyder House Rules

MANHATTAN, Kan. — For the first time this season, we can assume we knew who called the plays in a Texas football. His name? Tom Herman. Final grade? ‘W.’ It’s the only letter that matters. It wasn’t pretty, but the result will go under the “Desired” list. Texas 19, Kansas State … Read More