Texas

Longhorns

vs.

West Virginia

Mountaineers

November 7th, 2020

Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin

No. 22 Texas 17, West Virginia 13: Longhorns flex their defensive muscles against the Mountaineers

After making a key defensive play in the end zone late in the game, Chris Brown flexed. Texas’ senior defensive back had just snuffed out a fourth-down pass to West Virginia’s Ali Jennings. It wound up being the Mountaineers’ last play of the game, so the senior captain and starting safety had a reason to celebrate. “That’s the epitome of Chris Brown right there,” defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham said. “That’s him. He’s 5-8, maybe 200 pounds soaking wet. But you know, hey, he plays big.” For the record, Brown is 5-11. He also wasn’t the only Longhorns defender who played big in Saturday’s 17-13 win. The defense overall was a strength for the 22nd-ranked Longhorns (5-2, 4-2 Big 12), who have now won three games in a row. “Some people around the country are going to be surprised that we won a game 17-13,” Graham said. “On the outside looking … Read more

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Saturday

November 28, 2020

Football

Texas report card: Defense led the way on the field and in our game grades

Texas’ 17-13 win over West Virginia — the Longhorns’ third straight victory after back-to-back stumbles against TCU and Oklahoma — may be remembered for the day of Bijan Robinson’s breakout performance. But it was a spirited performance from the defense that was the difference. Grades for the Longhorns: Quarterbacks: C … Read More

Saturday

November 7, 2020

Football

Texas 17, West Virginia 13: Our five questions for the Longhorns — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the 22nd-ranked Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 17-13 win over sixth-ranked West Virginia. How they played out:   1. With no Keaontay Ingram, who led the Texas running game? Bijan Robinson. The five-star freshman started and finished things the right way: … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas looks D-termined to keep winning with solid defense

Are you sitting down? Texas won with defense. Let me repeat that. Texas won with defense. Allow that to marinate a bit to fully grasp the main reason Tom Herman’s much-maligned club now boasts a three-game winning streak with a … Read More

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No. 22 Texas 17, West Virginia 13: Longhorns flex their defensive muscles against the Mountaineers

After making a key defensive play in the end zone late in the game, Chris Brown flexed. Texas’ senior defensive back had just snuffed out a fourth-down pass to West Virginia’s Ali Jennings. It wound up being the Mountaineers’ last play of the game, so the senior captain and starting … Read More

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Texas-West Virginia notebook: Texas RB Bijan Robinson spins, stiff-arms his way first 100-yard game

Enough with the three-man rotation. At this point, there should be little doubt that Texas freshman Bijan Robinson should get more chances as the Longhorns’ featured tailback. Robinson opened Saturday’s 17-13 win over West Virginia with a 54-yard dash through the Big 12’s No. 1-ranked run defense. He finished with … Read More

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The results are in: Texas takes West Virginia, wins third straight game, 17-13

At this point of the season, with a pair of Big 12 losses already on the ledger, every game is a must-win game for Texas. The 22nd-ranked Longhorns produced their second straight defensive gem, shutting down West Virginia’s running game, forcing the Mountaineers into field goals and taking advantage of … Read More

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In a tough defensive start, Texas leads West Virginia at halftime, 10-7

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium, and No. 22 Texas is leading West Virginia 10-7. This one looked like it was going to be a shootout — Texas zipped its way downfield for an opening-drive touchdown, then West Virginia answered with an efficient touchdown drive of its own — but then … Read More

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Texas vs. West Virginia: Five key matchups

Five key matchups out of the Texas-West Virginia game to keep your eye on Saturday:   Texas QB Sam Ehlinger vs. West Virginia LB Tony Fields II This may be one of Ehlinger’s toughest tests of the season. The Mountaineers are the only Power Five school in the … Read More

Friday

November 6, 2020

Football

Texas vs. West Virginia: Five questions facing the Longhorns

Five questions facing No. 22 Texas on Saturday against West Virginia:   1. With no Keaontay Ingram, who will lead the Texas running game? Ingram, the most experienced running back on the roster, will be out this week against the Mountaineers with a high ankle sprain. He’s averaging … Read More

Football

Texas’ notable number: Sam Ehlinger’s overtime shifts with the Longhorns — and the number 22

Each week this fall, we’re looking at a specific number that’s tied to Texas football. This week’s notable number is 22 — the jersey number that Texas retired in 2008 in honor of Bobby Layne. Joshua Moore leads all UT receivers with his 22 receptions this … Read More

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Texas vs. West Virginia: Herman’s first recruiting class searches for a ‘badge of honor’ in what may be its final act

For social media purposes, most of Tom Herman’s recruiting classes at Texas have been branded with a catchy nickname. Those who signed during the 2018 recruiting cycle — Herman’s first full cycle at Texas — were part of the “#RevolUTion18.” That class ranked No. 3 nationally. The “#fUTure19” group involved … Read More

Football

Four to follow: Texas, West Virginia players worth watching in Saturday’s game

No. 22 Texas (4-2, 3-2 Big 12) hosts West Virginia (4-2, 3-2) on Saturday (11 a.m., ABC) Four players worth watching:   Samuel Cosmi, Texas left tackle The offensive line that Cosmi anchors has underwhelmed this season. Texas is averaging 4.4 yards per rushing attempt and the Longhorns have … Read More

Thursday

November 5, 2020

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Joseph Ossai has been a terror, but Horns’ other defensive linemen heating up, too

You don’t have to be some football savant to understand who’s playing well each Saturday. Just listen to the public address announcer or the TV broadcast. Whose names do they keep repeating? These last two games, more Texas defensive linemen are getting called out in addition to Joseph Ossai. Jacoby … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Neal Brown is shaping West Virginia with an engaged, studious approach

If you’ve followed the Big 12 this fall, you’ve been reminded of this approach all the live-long day. After a subpar season in 2019, the head coach made over a big chunk of his coaching staff. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, his team didn’t have the … Read More

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Still upset over ‘The Eyes,’ Longhorn band will not perform during Texas’ final home games

The University of Texas band will not perform during the Longhorns’ final two home games this season over an internal dispute about “The Eyes of Texas” school song. The university had previously said the Longhorn band would not return until there was some final resolution. Enough band members objected to … Read More