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Texas countdown to football: 5 Longhorn photos by American-Statesman staffers to remember

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Posted August 31st, 2016

The football season is approaching fast, and Texas fans are getting excited. Counting today, there are 5 days until the start of the football season. To help celebrate, we’re counting down five things every day until the start of the season.

For almost as long as the Texas Longhorns have been playing football, the Austin American-Statesman and its deep, talented pool of photographers have been roaming the sidelines taking photos. Just look at this shot by Ralph Barrera from a decade ago:

9/8/01 Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman; Texas' Cory Redding leaps over North Carolina's QB Ronald Curry at the goalline for a touchdown return of an interception he threw during first quarter action in the Horns 44-14 win Saturday afternoon in Austin, TX.
9/8/01 Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman; Texas’ Cory Redding leaps over North Carolina’s QB Ronald Curry at the goalline for a touchdown return of an interception he threw during first quarter action in the Horns 44-14 win Saturday afternoon in Austin, TX.

I’m not sure what Ronald Curry is doing there, but Cory Redding looks like he’s flying.

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Yes, the equipment has changed, but quality hasn’t. Last year was no exception as Statesman photographers shot every game but one, the Iowa State game, and that was just because of weather and flight complications.

Usually two photographers are assigned to a game and start generating photos before kickoff that you can see during the game with our live, constantly updating gallery on the Game Day Pages. About 150 to 200 photos, or more, will make up our Texas Game Day Gallery. Multiply that by 11 games, and that’s a lot of photos to remember. Here are some shots we remember, some were even selected by the photographer themselves:

Here are five photos taken by Austin American-Statesman staffers to remember from 2015:

5. Oh. He missed it

SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 - Texas (23) Nick Rose reacts to missing the point after attempt as California (2) Darius Allensworth, celebrates during the second half of the NCAA game held Darrell K Royal -Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Tx., on Saturday, September 19, 2015. California defeated Texas 45-44. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 – Texas (23) Nick Rose reacts to missing the point after attempt as California (2) Darius Allensworth, celebrates during the second half of the NCAA game held Darrell K Royal -Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Tx., on Saturday, September 19, 2015. California defeated Texas 45-44. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Nick Rose’ missed extra point cost the Longhorns a chance to tie California last season. Texas made a valiant comeback against the Bears in Austin, but fell one point short. Rodolfo Gonzalez, a longtime Statesman photographer captured Rose’ anguish perfectly seconds after he missed the extra point.

Checkout the California-Texas, 2015 gallery here.

4. Look at those hops… then look at that sadness

UT head coach Charlie Strong celebrates with UT defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway after he sacked Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in the fourth quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 26, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
UT head coach Charlie Strong celebrates with UT defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway after he sacked Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in the fourth quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 26, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The next week, Texas played Oklahoma State at home. For a large portion of that game, the Longhorns looked in control and were having fun against the Cowboys. Now, this game too would end in heartbreak, but not before Jay Janner snagged one of his admitted eight favorite photos from last season in the above shot. However, another one of Janner’s eight favorite photos happened at the end of this game:

UT wide receiver Armanti Foreman is dejected on the field after the loss to Oklahoma State at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 26, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
UT wide receiver Armanti Foreman is dejected on the field after the loss to Oklahoma State at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 26, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

See the full Oklahoma State-Texas 2015 gallery here. 

3. Wait, is he posing?

Janner’s eight favorite photos didn’t include what could be one of the best photos you’ll ever see of a freshman linebacker scoring a touchdown in his first home game and essentially cementing his place in”Yeah, that guy is awesome” parts of Longhorn fans’ minds. Welcome to Royal-Memorial Stadium, Malik Jefferson. The endzone is that way:

UT linebacker Malik Jefferson picks up a Rice fumble and runs it back for a touchdown in the third quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 12, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
UT linebacker Malik Jefferson picks up a Rice fumble and runs it back for a touchdown in the third quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 12, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

We’re pretty sure he’s looking at the camera. We’re not sure if he winked at the camera though.

See the full Rice-Texas 2015 gallery here. 

2. Chris Warren’s 91-yard run

Statesman photographer Deborah Cannon captured one of the longest runs in Longhorn history, a 91-yard touchdown romp by Chris Warren III against Texas Tech. Looking at just one, you think “Oh, that’s a cool shot.”:

Texas's Chris Warren III breaks free from Texas Tech on his way to a touchdown during the first half at Royal Memorial Stadium on Thursday, November 26, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas’s Chris Warren III breaks free from Texas Tech on his way to a touchdown during the first half at Royal Memorial Stadium on Thursday, November 26, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

But then Statesman video journalist Kelly West and Cannon teamed up on this nifty little slide show that showcases Cannon’s sequence of shots on the play:

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Yes. Those are photos.

See the full Texas-Texas Tech 2015 gallery here.

1. It’s the No. 1 slot on the photo countdown, and OU still…

Yes, after the epic wipe out against TCU, not many people were expecting the Longhorns to beat a top-10 ranked team in Oklahoma. But they did. And Ricardo Brazziell was there for the epic postgame celebration shot:

Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong celebrates win over Oklahoma Sooners as he wears the Golden Hat in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)
Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong celebrates win over Oklahoma Sooners as he wears the Golden Hat in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)

Brazziell also landed a few more from this game, which would be the biggest highlight of the season for Texas:

Texas Longhorns celebrate with the Golden Hat after beating Oklahoma Sooners 24-17 in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Texas Longhorns celebrate with the Golden Hat after beating Oklahoma Sooners 24-17 in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
OCTOBER 10, 2015 - Texas tight end Caleb Bluiett catches a touchdown pass in the second half of the AT&T Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RICARDO BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
OCTOBER 10, 2015 – Texas tight end Caleb Bluiett catches a touchdown pass in the second half of the AT&T Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RICARDO BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong celebrates a score against Oklahoma Sooners in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong celebrates a score against Oklahoma Sooners in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong celebrates a win with (26) Adrian Colert and Brandon Hodges against Oklahoma Sooners in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong celebrates a win with (26) Adrian Colert and Brandon Hodges against Oklahoma Sooners in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)