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The Dotted Line: Texas recruit Billy Bowman Jr. helps Denton Ryan make statement in opener

ARLINGTON — Three Texas commits competed in the same game last Friday at AT&T Stadium. Denton Ryan bested Arlington Martin as UT pledges Ja’Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman Jr. scored touchdowns in the win over Morice … Read More

‘I came here to be a cornerback’: Position switch has been the right move for Texas’ Josh Thompson

So, what’s new with Josh Thompson these days? The Texas junior has a new number this season, having made the switch from No. 29 to 9. That backpedaling and leaping interception in the season opener against UTEP? That’s a new clip for Thompson’s highlight reel. He even has a new … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Ja’Tavion Sanders scores on both offense, defense in 2020 debut

ARLINGTON — Denton Ryan lost last year’s Class 5A Division I state championship game to Alvin Shadow Creek in heartbreaking fashion. It’s become a normal feeling for Ryan, a Class 5A powerhouse that simply hasn’t taken that final step to capture a state crown. Two-way star … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Lots for Texas to fix, especially in the kicking game

Tom Herman made a really splashy hire in the offseason. Well, actually he made a ton of highly visible hires since the Alamo Bowl, firing nearly everyone but the equipment manager after a highly disappointing 7-5 regular season. He hired new coordinators on … Read More

Texas’ Tom Herman blunt in his review: ‘Our players on defense, they’re embarrassed’

Tom Herman woke up on Sunday and watched the video of Texas’ 63-56 overtime win over Texas Tech with renewed hope. Surely, the defense, with all those missed tackles, couldn’t have been that bad, right? “Yes, it was as bad as I thought it was,” the Texas coach said Monday. Read More

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WATCH: Kirk, Ced and Brian recap Texas-Texas Tech and the ’embarrased’ Longhorns defense

Texas coach Tom Herman met with members of the media Monday to recap Saturday’s win over Texas Tech. Hookem.com’s Brian Davis, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden discuss the game and the press conference. Read More

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As Bijan Robinson learns a lesson the hard way, Jake Smith nears his 2020 debut for Texas

Bijan Robinson did not practice on Sunday, but Texas coach Tom Herman said his freshman running back is “moving around pretty good.” Robinson left Saturday’s game at Texas Tech following the scary conclusion to an 11-yard reception. As he looked for more yardage on the play, Robinson attempted … Read More

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Following their comeback wins, Sam Ehlinger splits Big 12 award with Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson

In two games this season, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has recorded a completion percentage of 71.2. When it comes to Big 12 awards, Ehlinger boasts a percentage of 100. On Monday, Ehlinger was named the Big 12’s offensive player of the week for the second time … Read More

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Longhorns’ punting problems against Texas Tech blamed on slip-ups and not scheme

On Monday, the Big 12 honored Baylor’s Trestan Ebner as its special teams player of the week. That seemed like a no-brainer pick since Ebner scored on two kickoff returns in a 47-14 rout of Kansas this past Saturday. In another week, though, perhaps Jahdae Barron, Tyler Owens … Read More

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Tom Herman: With TCU coming, Texas’ big over Tech way in the rear view

Highlights from Texas head coach Tom Herman’s weekly press conference ahead of Saturday’s TCU game: The state of the Horns: “Glad to get out of Lubbock with a win,” Herman opened his Zoom. He later was asked whether being 2-0 makes it easier or harder to dismiss the harrowing win … Read More

The Dotted Line: Who is left on Texas’ 2021 recruiting board following the latest commitment?

Texas added its 18th member of the 2021 recruiting class on Friday when three-star offensive tackle Max Merril pledged to the Longhorns over 38 other offers. The 6-4, 273-pound product of Houston Strake Jesuit was the third lineman … Read More

Now that the euphoria has worn off, No. 9 Texas must tackle some realistic concerns

LUBBOCK — Winning is a powerful drug. But the euphoria eventually wears off, and then it’s time to tackle reality. Texas coach Tom Herman minced no words Saturday after his team’s thrilling 63-56 overtime win at Texas Tech. “Really proud of our team,” he said before … Read More

For the pivotal two-point conversion, Texas leaned on variety and a familiar formation

Facing a two-point conversion that could potentially make or break its season, Texas had a play-calling dilemma on Saturday. Use a play that’s worked before? Or mix things up and try to catch the Texas Tech defense off guard? The Longhorns went with both options. That decision proved to be … Read More

Five key plays: No. 8 Texas 63, Texas Tech 56

There were 165 snaps taken in No. 8 Texas’ 63-56 overtime win at Texas Tech on Saturday. Here are five that ended up making a big difference:   Strong starts In its opener against UTEP, Texas needed only one play to score … Read More

Texas report card: Grades are in for the 63-56 overtime thriller at Tech

Eighth-ranked Texas had to rally late to force overtime and then beat Texas Tech in Lubbock, improving to 2-0 on the season and a 1-0 start in Big 12 play. Grades for the Longhorns:   Quarterbacks: B+ Sam Ehlinger played like a Heisman front-runner (outside of the third quarter). His … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mississippi State, Kansas State make big climbs

This week’s directions from the main office about filling out our Associated Press Top 25 college football ballot came with new liberties. Feel free to vote for any football teams, no matter what conference, no matter if they’ve played a single game, no matter if they may eventually play only … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: That’s Sam Ehlinger, with a hard ‘g’ — as in great

LUBBOCK — As Texas Tech running back SaRodorick raced down the visitors’ sideline at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday to complete an apparently game-sealing, 75-yard touchdown run, he wasn’t even in the Texas Tech end zone before someone showed up at Tom Herman’s side. It was a determined Sam Ehlinger, … Read More

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LISTEN: American-Statesman reporters react to Texas’ comeback and overtime win in Lubbock

The Texas football team is 2-0 after surviving an overtime battle with Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon. In this edition of the Longhorns Unfiltered podcast, the American-Statesman’s Brian Davis, Kirk Bohls and Danny Davis react to UT’s comeback and 63-56 win in Lubbock. Read More

Texas notebook: A mixed bag for the running game, but ‘we’ll take it,’ Herman says

In three of its previous five games against Texas Tech, Texas received a standout performance from a running back. Five years ago, Chris Warren III set a freshman school record when he ran for 276 yards in a 48-45 loss. D’Onta Foreman had 341 yards — the third-most in school … Read More

Texas 63, Texas Tech 56: Our five questions for the Longhorns — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 63-56 conference-opening win at Texas Tech in overtime. How they played out:   1. Did Sam Ehlinger or Krishon Merriweather have another Big 12-worthy game? Ehlinger: Absolutely. The Texas quarterback, who won Big 12 offensive player of … Read More