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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Is Texas better than last year? Getting to eight wins is the minimum mark to show progress

Eight is enough. At least it was for a TV comedy in the late ’70s. And now eight is essential. That number of victories would be enough to show progress for a Texas football team that’s struggling to return to national prominence. That should be the minimal amount necessary. Anything … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas wasn’t done in on a wing or a prayer, but by the Mountaineers’ dare

West Virginia won on a dare. Not with a wing or a prayer. That said, Texas now needs a supplication or two for some help if it’s to climb back into the Big 12 race. Dana Holgorsen gambled late and walked away with a 42-41 win. And then acted like … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: ‘Close’ doesn’t count for Texas, not with a road trip to Lubbock coming up

After that tough loss at Oklahoma State last week, It was imperative for Texas to bounce back Saturday at home. Show some resilience. Answer the bell. Texas didn’t get there. The ol’ college try was not good enough. The 42-41 loss to 13th-ranked West Virginia before a Royal-Memorial Stadium crowd … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Ball placement a key reason why Texas QB Sam Ehlinger eliminating mistakes

Each week, Sam Ehlinger goes back and rewatches last year’s game against that week’s opponent. One particular play against West Virginia last season probably makes him cringe. Facing first-and-goal at the WVU 5, linebacker Dylan Tonkery came through on a blitz and took down the Texas … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Will it be the Texas defense to the rescue … or the regression? In Todd, we trust

Tom Herman was kidding. We think. On Monday, when a reporter asked the Texas head coach to elaborate on his defense’s perplexing tendency to get off to slow starts, having allowed points on opponents’ first possessions six times in eight games, Herman couldn’t resist. “I don’t know, it’s funny you … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: In Acho vs. Boyd, a Texas ex tackles the loyalty vs. business quandary at ESPN

When does love for one’s football program trump paying the bills? It’s a question that Texas ex Emmanuel Acho has probably asked himself several times over the last few days. Acho, in his first year as a college football studio analyst at ESPN, has a job to do. But sometimes … Read More

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