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Texas, needing to take care of business, is taking care of business; Horns up at halftime, 17-3

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Fifteenth-ranked Texas, its path to the Big 12 championship game within reach, is leading No. 16 Iowa State 17-3. One of the biggest roars of the night came before kickoff and before the Senior Night ceremony honoring the team’s final home games for 26 seniors. Read More

The Eyes of Texas: Four players to watch in Saturday’s Longhorns-Cyclones game

The 15th-ranked Longhorns host No. 16 Iowa State on Saturday. The eyes of Texas will be upon … Sam Ehlinger, Texas quarterback Ehlinger has been on a real tear. He broke Geno Smith’s Big 12 record of consecutive pass attempts without an interception in last week’s 41-34 … Read More

Once a walk-on, Jarmarquis Durst readies to complete his goal of ‘finishing out strong’ at Texas

Saturday night, Jarmarquis Durst will step into the spotlight at Royal-Memorial Stadium as Texas says farewell to its senior players. Durst doesn’t have 15 career sacks like fellow senior Charles Omenihu has to celebrate ahead of his final home game. He doesn’t have past interceptions to remember like fellow defensive … Read More

Texas vs. Iowa State: Five questions facing the Longhorns

Five questions facing Texas on Saturday night against Iowa State: 1. Does Texas have to worry about Iowa State’s run game before halftime? The Cyclones won’t have David Montgomery for the first half; the conference’s second-leading rusher was ejected in the third quarter of last week’s … Read More

Hold on tight: Texas nailbiters are now the norm as the Longhorns continue climbing the Big 12

Any good Texas tailgate party has three key necessities — food, beverages and antacids. By game’s end, you might feel sick, exhausted or overjoyed. Texas coach Tom Herman mused in August that “we’re in the entertainment business,” and that’s never been more true than this season. Read More

The Dotted Line: Five in-person scouting reports on 2020 Texas targets

Texas is nearly 80 percent done with its 2019 recruiting class with five weeks until the three-day early signing period starting on Dec. 19. The class ranks seventh in the nation and holds 20 commitments. The focus of the recruiting efforts won’t completely shift to the top … Read More

Texas vs. Iowa State: Five key matchups to watch

Here are five key matchups in the Texas-Iowa State game to keep your eye on Saturday night: 1. Iowa State’s Brock Purdy vs. Texas’ linebackers Texas defensive end Charles Omenihu offered high praise for the Cyclones this week. “Iowa State’s offense is complicated, dude,” he said. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jerrod Heard will be remembered as a ‘good soul’ and terrific leader

He was the answer to everyone’s prayers. And it took just one game, really. One glorious, jaw-dropping game at Royal-Memorial Stadium when he dazzled against California one September night in 2015, and Jerrod Heard’s name would be on every Longhorns fans’ lips the next morning. He was the dynamic quarterback … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Once red-hot, Todd Orlando’s defense now has fans hot under the collar

Remember when Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was labeled the red-hot assistant that would soon become a head coach? What’s Tom Herman going to do without Orlando in 2019, who will replace T.O. or some such? That was late September, I believe. After back-to-back … Read More

The Dotted Line: Playoffs start for in-state commits; continue for out-of-state pledges

Seven of the 11 in-state commitments of the 2019 cycle made the playoffs, while both 2020 pledges reached the playoffs with relative ease. The out-of-state commits started playoffs in previous weeks. A handful of future Longhorns possess a real shot at a title run. It’s win or go home for … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 118: Brian Davis on Texas-Iowa State, Houston Chronicle’s John McClain on surging Texans

In Episode 118 of the On Second Thought podcast, Texas beat writer Brian Davis breaks down the upcoming Iowa State game and gives his picks for First Team All-Big 12. Plus, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden find out from Houston Chronicle writer John McClain why the Houston Texans are one … Read More

Texas’ notable number: Freshmen quarterbacks vs. Todd Orlando’s defenses — and the number 7

Every week this fall, we’re looking at a specific number that’s tied to Texas football. This week’s notable number is seven — the number worn by quarterback Shane Buechele and safety Caden Sterns. Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s seven touchdown receptions lead the seven Longhorns who have caught a touchdown this … Read More

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The Whys of Texas: Big 12 tiebreakers are murky, but moot if Texas doesn’t finish strong

First, an admission. Trying to determine the various Big 12 tiebreaker scenarios is a mind-numbing affair. It’s not the league’s fault. Such is life when you are aiming to determine “One True Champion.” The Whys mailbag is full of various missives asking the same question this … Read More

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Bohls: Which school would be a ‘sexy’ matchup with Texas in the Alamo Bowl?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On Texas’ bowl chances: Unless it gets into and wins the Big 12 championship game, Texas is looking more and more like a … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas target Jacoby Jones de-commits from Oklahoma, more recruiting notes

Texas’ search for more defensive linemen could lead to an acquisition in the JUCO market now that defensive end Jacoby Jones of Butler C.C. (Mo.) de-committed from Oklahoma on Monday. The 6-4, 250-pound three-star was offered by Texas back in May and is expected to visit Austin … Read More

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Longhorns in the NFL: Week 10 brings surprise wins and a special moment

Is there such a thing as a former Longhorn? These players will always be Longhorns to University of Texas fans, even though they’ve graduated to the next level of football. Every week we’ll update you on how they performed the previous weekend. Here’s a look at the Longhorns in the … Read More

Texas seniors, prepping for their final home game, recall their top moments as Longhorns

Patrick Vahe and Charles Omenihu received their college football baptism three years ago, in South Bend, Ind. That 38-3 season-opening loss to the Fighting Irish in 2015 was the first game for both players, who were members of Charlie Strong’s 2015 signing class. Now seniors, they will play their final … Read More

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After some tough struggles in recent years, Iowa State has Longhorns’ attention

Every week, Texas players talk up their opponent and there’s a lot of lip-service. Heading into Saturday’s game against Iowa State, there’s a noticeable difference in tone. “Iowa State’s offense is complicated, dude,” defensive end Charles Omenihu said. Freshman quarterback Brock Purdy has … Read More

The Dotted Line: In-person scouting reports of six 2019 Texas commits

The playoffs start for the 11-man football teams across the state of Texas. The Longhorns hold 20 commitments in the 2019 class with just over a month remaining before the early signing period starts on Dec. 19. Tom Herman’s program expects most of those prospects to sign on that day, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas, with all its offensive points and defensive issues, sure passes for a Big 12 team

Don’t look now, but Texas has become the quintessential Big 12 team. High-scoring. No defense. Lots and lots of passing. Doesn’t that scream Big 12? Not that this was Tom Herman’s plan when he got here. Not at all. If anything, this has evolved into the anti-Tom Herman team. After … Read More