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  1. FORT WORTH, Texas – It was a sloppy game for both teams, but the Lone Star Showdown between Texas and Texas A&M on the hardwood ended with a 60-50 victory in favor of the Longhorns. Junior guard Jase Febres led Texas in scoring with a season-high 17 points, and redshirt sophmore Andrew Jones added 12 points and 5 assists in the winning effort. With Sunday’s win, the Longhorns hold an 8-1 record – the best start for Shaka Smart as head coach at Texas. At halftime the score was 27-17 in favor of the Longhorns, but the Aggies managed to get within six points late in the game. Texas never relinquished the lead. The Aggies didn’t have a scorer in double digits, but freshman forward Emanuel Miller grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and scored eight points. Texas A&M shot 47% from the field and committed 21 turnovers. The Longhorns shot 41.8%, including 31% from beyond the arc, and hit 83.3% of free throws. The win at Dickies Arena marks the sixth time in seven games the Longhorns have defeated former Southwest Conference and Big 12 rival Texas A&M. Texas will host Central Michigan next on Saturday, December 14th. The post Longhorns defeat Aggies 60-50 in Lone Star Showdown appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  2. For the first time since 2013, Texas will be returning to San Antonio to play in the Alamo Bowl. The Longhorns, who finished the regular season at 7-5, will face Utah out of the PAC 12. The Utes lost in the PAC 12 championship game Friday evening to Oregon, dropping their record to 11-2 on the year and taking themselves out of contention of the College Football Playoff. Utah was ranked 11th in the final CFP rankings released earlier today and is carried by one of the top defenses in the country. Offensively, RB Zach Moss has over 1,300 yards rushing and has rushed for 15 touchdowns on the season. Texas will look to cap off an up and down season with a victory. The Longhorns dropped 2 out of their final 3 regular season games, forcing several coaching changes heading into the 2020 season. Defensive Coordinator Todd Orlando was fired following the regular season finale against Texas Tech, while Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck will no longer serve as a coordinator moving forward. In addition to changes at both coordinator spots, Tom Herman also fired WR coach Drew Mehringer and reassigned fellow WR coach Corby Meekins to an off-field role. The Alamo Bowl will kick off on New Years Eve at 6:30 CST on ESPN.
  3. The Texas Longhorns won’t be playing the Texas A&M Aggies anytime soon on the football field, but that won’t stop the two from competing on the hardwood. The Longhorns will face the Aggies on Sunday at Dickie’s Arena in Fort Worth in the Lone Star Showdown. These two teams met last in the Bahamas in 2015, with Texas A&M defeating Texas 84-73 in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Shaka Smart and the Longhorns are off to a 7-1 start with their lone loss coming on the road to the Georgetown Hoyas. Texas defeated UAB at home 67-57 earlier in the week. Redshirt sophmore Andrew Jones tied a career-high 20 points and hit 6-8 from three point range in the win over the Blazers. Jones is averaging 12.4 points per game, second only to junior point guard Matt Coleman (13.8 ppg). Texas A&M has lost three straight, including three straight in the Orlando Invitational over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Aggies lost to Harvard, Temple and Fairfield and head into Sunday’s contest with a 3-4 record. Junior guard/forward Savion Flagg leads the Aggies in scoring with 10.7 points per game and 14 assists. Senior forward Josh Nebo follows with 10 points per game and 5.3 rebounds. Nebo ranks second as the nation’s active leader in career blocks. Aggie head coach Buzz Williams in his his first year in College Station after spending the previous five seasons at Virginia Tech, where he guided the Hokies to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Longhorns have won five of the last six against the Aggies and Sunday’s contest will mark the second time the two schools have played since Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference. What: Texas Longhorns (7-1) vs. Texas A&M Aggies (3-4) When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 Time: 2:00 PM CST Venue: Dickies Arena Location: Fort Worth, Texas Television: ABC The Line: Texas -9.5 Last Meeting Between the Two Teams: Texas A&M defeated Texas A&M 84-73 (11/25/2015) All-Time Series Record: Texas leads Texas A&M 137-86 The Coaches Texas A&M Aggies Head Coach: Buzz Williams Head Coaching Experience: 13th year as a head coach Years as Head Coach at Texas A&M: 1 Career Record: 256-159 Career Record at Texas A&M: 3-4 Texas Longhorns Head Coach: Shaka Smart Head Coaching Experience: 11th year as a head coach Years as Head Coach at Texas: 5 Career Record: 241-123 Career Record at Texas: 78-67 Watch what Texas Basketball players have to say about playing Texas A&M:
  4. The Texas Longhorns bounced back with a strong finish to the regular season in a dominant 49-24 win against Texas Tech. The convincing victory makes the late season slide by Texas even more confounding. Tom Herman fired or reassigned about half his coaching staff on Monday. Clemson wrapped up a season of dominance by whipping South Carolina 38-3. The Tigers have now won a whopping seven straight games by at least 30 points. At the other end of the spectrum, Maryland, who scored 142 points in its first two games, barely outpaced that mark in their final 10 games with 161 points. When the Terps took a lead on the Spartans in the second half, it was the first time Maryland led a game since October 19th. Virginia erased years of futility with a win over Virginia Tech, 39-30. The ‘Hoos had lost 15 consecutive games to their in-state rivals. All seven teams in the ACC Coastal have won the division over the past seven years. That’s remarkable. West Virginia beat TCU in a hard fought game, 20-17. The game was tightly contested throughout, but outside of Big 12 country, it was unnoticed. Ugh-lternate uniforms: Memphis’ black jerseys boosted them to a win, so this week’s nod goes to Louisville. The Cardinals wore this and got crushed by Kentucky: Memphis bested Cincinnati, 34-24, and secured their spot in the AAC Championship Game. It’s a good thing that the teams played a competitive game because Memphis’ win also means the AAC Championship Game will be a rematch between these teams. Iowa topped Nebraska, 27-24, sending the Huskers to their locker room with a 5-7 record in 2019. This will be the third straight year Nebraska has not gone to a bowl game. Ohio State routed Michigan for the second straight year, winning 56-27 in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines were game but the Buckeyes were steady and methodical and pulled away. tOSU has now won four consecutive games at Michigan and this year’s result continues a lopsided decade in the rivalry. On that note, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is 1-5 in Ann Arbor against Michigan State and Ohio State, but 29-0 against everyone else. Ouch. Minnesota rowed the boat for a half but Wisconsin broke out a speed boat for the second half, ultimately winning 38-17. The Badgers scored 14 in the 3rd and 4th quarters and booked their spot in the B1G Championship Game. Auburn knocked Alabama out of CFP contention by winning the Iron Bowl 48-45. The teams combined for a dizzying 48 points in the 2nd quarter. Notably, Alabama is now 0-7 all-time at Auburn when both teams are ranked. Florida 40 – Florida State 17: The regular season for the ‘Noles is mercifully over. A non-competitive game throughout, LSU dominated Texas A&M to the tune of 50-7. After playing a 7 OT thriller in 2018, this year’s game was the complete opposite. Notre Dame started slow then whipped Stanford, 45-24. After a 10 point first quarter outburst from the Cardinal, Notre Dame’s defense adjusted, settled in and limited Stanford for the final three stanzas. But when talking about dominant defense, conversations must include Utah. In a 45-14 beatdown of Colorado, the Utes allowed their first second-half touchdown at home this season. Additionally, only two teams, Northern Illinois & Colorado, scored more than one touchdown at Utah.
  5. On Sunday, reports of Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s firing proved to be true. Orlando along with passing game coordinator/outside receivers coach Drew Mehringer and inside receivers coach Corby Meekins were relived of their duties. Meekins will remain with the team/university in an administrative capacity the school announced Sunday. Co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Craig Naivar will serve as defensive coordinator on an interim basis, and Andre Coleman will serve as interim wide receivers coach. Jeremiah George will assume the duties of linebackers coach, also on an interim basis. The changes come after the Longhorns finished the regular season a disappointing 7-5 after a 10-win season last year, including a Sugar Bowl victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. “After taking time, looking back and evaluating the season in its totality, I am very disappointed in our performance in a number of areas in 2019,” Herman said. “7-5 will never be our standard at Texas and I take full responsibility for any and all of our shortcomings and know we need to do a better job coaching across the board. With that said, I do believe the future is very bright, have decided to make some changes to our staff as we head into bowl preparation and look to finish strong in the final weeks of fall recruiting.” The Longhorns are making additional changes to the offensive coaching staff. Tim Beck’s title of offensive coordinator has been removed and he will continue in his role as quarterbacks coach through the bowl game. The search for an offensive coordinator is already underway. “I’m truly grateful for everything Todd, Drew and Corby have done, not only for us here at Texas, but in building the program at Houston, as well,” Herman said. “These were very difficult decisions and certainly not an indictment of them as coaches, I just believe we need a fresh set of eyes and infusion of new ideas and energy to help us grow across the board.” With the early period for National Signing Day just two weeks away, Director of Recruiting Bryan Carrington has been moved to an assistant coach role on an interim basis to help the team’s recruiting efforts on the road.
  6. According to a report from Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, Todd Orlando has been fired as defensive coordinator at Texas. Orlando completed his third year as defensive coordinator with the Longhorns under Tom Herman, and served in the same capacity under Herman at the University of Houston. The Texas defense struggled this season, finishing 108th nationally in total defense and 8th in the Big 12. The Longhorns gave up 446 yards per game and lost to LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Iowa State and Baylor. His contract with the university ran through the 2020 season with a guaranteed $1.7 million. More on this story as it develops. The post Report: Texas Defensive Coordinator Todd Orlando Fired appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  7. On a cold, rainy Friday at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, the Texas Longhorns (7-5, 5-4) said goodbye to 16 seniors, and closed week 12 out with a 49-24 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-8, 2-6). Texas shook off a slow start and a quick 14-point deficit but managed to gets things clicking offensively to snap a two-game losing streak. The win ensured the Longhorns their third straight winning season under head coach Tom Herman as the team heads into postseason play. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger led an offensive attack that tallied over 600 yards of total offense. Ehlinger threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 88 yards. Ehlinger’s performance vaulted him into second place in career total offense at Texas, trailing only Colt MCCoy (14,824). True freshman running back Roschon Johnson rushed for a career-high three touchdowns, finishing with 107 yards on 23 carries. Senior wide receiver Devin Duvernay finished his career in burnt orange with a 199-yard receiving performance and one touchdown on six receptions. Duvernay averaged 33 yard per catch in the win. Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey went 36-58 for 399 yards and two touchdowns. The Red Raiders had two 100+ yard receivers in KeSean Carter (150 yds, 1 TD) and Erik Ezukanma (135 yds, 1 TD). The Texas defense held Texas Tech to 71 yards rushing on 24 attempts (3 yards per carry average). GAME RECAP Texas Tech scored touchdowns on each of its first two drives to take an early 14-0 lead. With :54 left in the first quarter the Longhorns got on the board, capping a six play, 75-yard drive with a ten yard rushing touchdown by Sam Ehlinger. Cameron Dicker’s extra point attempt was blocked leaving the Red Raiders with a 14-6 lead after on quarter of play. Following a three and out by Texas Tech early in the second quarter, Devin Duvernay’s 33-yard reception set up Daniel Young’s three-yard touchdown run. The Longhorns went for two and converted successfully, notching the score at 14-14. On their next drive, the Red Raiders marched to the Texas one yard line but failed to convert on 4th & 1. Texas took over on downs but managed to move the ball only one yard before Chris Naggar punted the ball away. Texas Tech took full advantage of good field position using two plays to find the end zone. Duffey’s second TD pass of the day went to Erik Ezukanma and the Red Raiders lead 21-14. The Longhorns put up the next 14 points. Ehlinger’s 75-yard strike to Devin Duvernay was the longest passing play of the regular season and tied the score at 21-21. Texas followed that drive up with a 13 play, 74-yard drive that ended with Roscvhon Johnson barreling in for a 1-yard TD run to give the Longhorns their first lead of the game. At the half Texas had amassed 363 yards of offense and led Texas Tech 28-21. True freshman Jake Smith broke his touchdown drought on Texas’ first possession of the third quarter. Ehlinger’s 35-yard pas to Duvernay set up a 26-yard touchdown pass to Smith for the score. It was his first since the Oklahoma State game (Game 4). The Longhorns extended their lead to 35-21 over the Red Raiders. After several trips inside the red zone without points to show, Trey Wolff’s 23 yard field goal cut the Texas lead to 35-24 with 6:09 left in the third quarter. Roschon Johnson’s second touchdown of the game came at the 2:35 mark in the third quarter making the score 42-24 in favor of the Longhorns. His third came almost nine minutes later with 8:50 remaining on the game clock. As the game clock expired, Texas defeated Texas Tech 49-24.
  8. The Texas Longhorns (6-5, 4-4) are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season as they head into the Thanksgiving Week matchup against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-7, 2-5). It’s been a season of under-performance and underachieving for Texas after a 10-win season last year, but a win against Texas Tech would cap the regular-season on a positive note. With rumors of potential staff changes swirling on the 40 Acres, all eyes will be on how this football team executes the game-plan. Texas will honor 16 seniors who will play their final game at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium prior to kickoff. The Longhorns are 1-1 against the Red Raiders under Tom Herman and defeated Texas Tech 41-34 in Lubbock last season. Texas is 8-2 over their last 10 meetings with Tech, and 17-6 against the Red Raiders since the two schools joined the Big 12. What: Texas Longhorns (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-7, 2-5 Big-12) When: Friday, November 29, 2019 Time: 11:00 AM CST Venue: Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium Location: Austin, Texas Television: FS1 The Line: Texas +9.5 Last Meeting Between the Two Teams: Texas defeated Texas Tech 41-34 (November 10, 2018, Lubbock, TX) All-Time Series Record: Texas leads Texas Tech 51-0-17 The Coaches Texas Tech Red Raiders Head Coach: Matt Wells Head Coaching Experience: 7th year as a head coach Years as Head Coach at Texas Tech: 1 Career Record: 48-41 Career Record at Texas Tech: 4-7 Texas Longhorns Head Coach: Tom Herman Head Coaching Experience: 5th year as a head coach Years as Head Coach at Texas: 3 Career Record: 45-19 Career Record at Texas: 23-15 Relevant Articles & Information Depth Chart – Texas vs. Texas Tech Story of the Season – Chapter 11 Recruiting Nuggets from the Dallas Area Playoffs Previewing the Texas Tech Offense & Defense Riding the Fences, Week 13 Staff Predictions – Texas vs. Texas Tech
  9. From all of us here at HornSports, we wish our members, guests and lurkers a very Happy Thanksgiving!
  10. The Texas Longhorns (6-5, 4-4) look to finish the regular season with a winning record on Saturday as they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium. Both teams have lost two straight and each desperately needs a win to close the regular season on a positive note. Can Tom Herman get his team focused and play the brand of football the Longhorns are capable of? The HornSports Staff weighs in with their thoughts on the outcome of Friday’s regular season finale. Aaron Carrara Texas has struggled mightily this season and particularly as of late, but they are still a better football team than Texas Tech. The Longhorns and Red Raiders boast the worst two defenses in the Big 12 and I expect Friday to be a high-scoring affair. Texas wins this game at home on Senior Day to improve to 7-5 as they head into the bowl game. Score Prediction: Texas 41, Texas Tech 28 Nick Harris Finally, a brutal regular season comes to an end on Friday against a similarly disappointing team in the Big 12, Texas Tech. Even in their current state, Texas has the tools to take down Tech by double digits at DKR on Friday morning as the Texas offense can have a much-needed bounce back performance before they go bowling. The big difference maker in this game is the special teams play on both sides as both teams have had game-changing special teams plays shake up their season (i.e. kickoffs against Oklahoma for Texas and blocked field goals against Kansas for Tech). I think Texas pulls this one out for the senior class and heads into bowl season on a positive note. Score Prediction: Texas 27, Texas Tech 20 Jameson McCausland Texas did not expect to be in this position when the season began. They are 6-5 and things have fallen apart over the past month. No matter what is said publicly or in press conferences, the players do not fully trust the coaches right now and it is something Tom Herman will have to address when the season ends. When it comes to the actual game, I do not like this matchup for Texas. Jett Duffey torched Texas in Lubbock a season ago and the Longhorns have no identity on offense right now. Friday is Texas Tech’s bowl game, and I expect they will play loose and with nothing to lose. It will be another nail-biter, and I will be taking the Red Raiders. Texas just can not be trusted right now. Score Prediction: Texas Tech 38, Texas 31 TFloss32 How does one analyze this game? It will be Black Friday at 11 a.m., a high chance of rain, DKR will be about 70% full, Texas has lost two in a row and couldn’t score a TD on Baylor last weekend until one second left in the game. On top of all of that, Texas has dropped the last two to Tech in Austin, one of which involved the infamous 2015 Jakeem Grant fumblerooski-like trick play. Surely, you remember that one. A match-up with the Red Raiders seemingly always provides an unpredictable, wild ride. The good news here is Texas’ defense has been playing better, but the bad news is Texas’ offense is in a major funk and playing its worst football of the year. If the defense can hold serve against a mobile Jett Duffey, I believe the key to this one is putting the ball in Ehlinger’s hands, running tempo and testing Tech’s DBs downfield. With Collin Johnson out and Keaontay Ingram as questionable, the time is now to relax and be aggressive because that’s exactly the approach Tech will be taking. I am hesitantly picking the Longhorns in this one as the home team, but a lack of urgency leading to more sloppy play could ultimately see Tech leave Austin with a Thanksgiving victory yet again. Score Prediction: Texas 27, Tech 24.
  11. Despite being all but officially eliminated from Big 12 title contention following last week’s loss against Iowa State, Texas looked to end the season on a positive note, starting with a strong showing in Waco against Baylor. Instead of a strong showing, Texas struggled mightily on both sides of the ball, giving Baylor a 24-10 victory. The victory clinches a spot in the Big 12 championship game for the Bears. The loss drops Texas to 6-5 on the season and gives Texas back-to-back losses for the first time in 2019. Texas appeared to catch a huge break on Baylor’s opening drive when Chris Platt fumbled the ball away following a long catch and run. Despite the turnover, the Texas offense was unable to capitalize. The Longhorns punted their first 5 possessions of the game, showing many of the same struggling signs that plagued the unit in Ames a week ago. Sam Ehlinger was unable to find any throws down the field and spent much of the game trying to elude pressure. The Longhorns offensive line allowed 5 sacks and also had 3 personal foul penalties. Following a scoreless first quarter, Baylor found paydirt early in the second quarter on a 28-yard touchdown run from John Lovett. The 7-0 lead held until the closing minute of the first half, when Keaontay Ingram ripped off a 68-yard run that led to a 48-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker, cutting the lead to 7-3 heading into halftime. The second half was all Baylor. The Bears scored 17 unanswered points before Texas’ garbage time TD with 1 second remaining in the game. Baylor scored a touchdown on their first two second-half possessions, the second coming on a great catch from Denzel Mims, who finished the evening with 125 yards on 7 catches. Despite Charlie Brewer not being close to 100% and having to leave the game early, the junior still finished the game with 221 passing yards and a touchdown. He also added 75 rushing yards and a TD. There were not many bright spots for Texas on the afternoon. Sam Ehlinger finished the game right at 200 yards passing and added 79 yards on the ground. Devin Duvernay had a team-high 10 catches for 78 yards. Daniel Young had the only Texas touchdown on a 4-yard run. The Longhorns will wrap up the regular season on Friday with a matchup at home against Texas Tech. Following the regular-season finale, Texas will await word on where they will head for their bowl game. The post Texas offense stagnant in 24-10 loss to Baylor appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  12. With two games left on the 2019 football schedule, the Texas Longhorns (6-4, 4-3) have an opportunity to salvage what currently stands as a mediocre football season. The Longhorns will need a win over the #13 Baylor Bears in Waco to reach win no. 7 on the season, which presents a tall task for a Texas team that has played with inconsistency throughout the season. Tom Herman holds a perfect 2-0 against Baylor as a head coach, and a win for the Longhorns would secure a winning season for Texas. Texas is coming off a close road loss to Iowa State in which quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw three touchdown passes. Baylor lost their first game of the season last weekend to #10 Oklahoma, 34-31, but Matt Rhule’s team remains tied atop the Big 12 Standings with Oklahoma. A victory against the Bears would extend the Texas win-streak over Baylor to five. Texas is 19-20 in games under Tom Herman in games which they have outgained their opponent, which means Ehlinger and the offense must make the most of every possession. If the Texas offense can dominate Baylor, Texas likely leaves McLane Stadium with a win. What: Texas Longhorns (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) vs. Baylor Bears (9-1, 6-1 Big-12) When: Saturday, November 23, 2019 Time: 2:30 PM CST Venue: McLane Stadium Location: Waco, Texas Television: FS1 The Line: Baylor -5.5 Last Meeting Between the Two Teams: Texas defeated Baylor 23-17 (October 13, 2018, Austin, TX) All-Time Series Record: Texas leads Baylor 78-26-4 Relevant Articles & Information: Depth Chart: Baylor Story of the Season – Week 10 Scouting Baylor: Offense Scouting Baylor: Defense Riding the Fences, Week 12 Staff Predictions – Texas vs. #13 Baylor
  13. The Texas Longhorns (6-4, 4-3) will make the trip up I-35 in their final road game of the season to face the Baylor Bears (9-1, 6-1) on Saturday. Texas has won four straight against Baylor, but the Bears stand atop the Big 12 standings along with Oklahoma, who they narrowly lost to last weekend. Baylor needs a win to continue on their path towards an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game. Texas desperately needs a win in Waco to get things back on track as the season winds down. Does Texas have what it takes to knock off #13 Baylor on the road? Our staff gives their predictions on how the game at McLane Stadium will unfold. Aaron Carrara Texas suffered a tough defeat last week in Ames and players and coaches alike exhibited their frustration this week during media availability. Despite losses, we’ve heard Tom Herman maintain that his team has the internal motivation to play to the level of their ability on Saturdays. Although they have been close, they still have trouble turning the corner and closing games they should win. Can Texas beat Baylor? Absolutely – they have the talent to do so. Will they beat Baylor? It’s hard to trust the Longhorns to do so given the incessant shortcomings experienced on the field. I think Texas does get up for this game but falls short again and the Bears snap their four-game skid to the ‘Horns. Prediction: Baylor 41 Texas 35 Nick Harris Texas enters this pivotal road game in an unfortunately familiar circumstance if you’ve been a fan over this past decade. At this point, it’s all hands on deck…. for a Texas Bowl? I’m not sure where the level of commitment and confidence with this team is at right now, just like everyone else in the country, and with that, the edge has to go to one of the hottest teams in the country. Despite a tough loss to OU last week, Baylor can still win out and still have a shot at the playoff. Coach Rhule has them more determined than ever to take home a Big 12 title this year, and if you ask me, I think they do it… beginning with a dominant win over our Longhorns Saturday afternoon. Prediction: Baylor 31, Texas 17 Jameson McCausland It is tough to know what Texas’ mindset will be heading into Waco. The Longhorns are all but eliminated from playing for the Big 12 Championship, and the hot seat is beginning to get extremely warm for many of the assistant coaches. For Baylor, they are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma but still can clinch a berth in the Big 12 title game with a win. Ultimately, it’s hard to see Texas winning this game with how they have been performing offensively. The Bears are solid against the run and if Texas starts off similarly to how they started in Ames, they will behind themselves in a hole again. Sam Ehlinger will likely make enough plays to keep Texas close, but in the end, the better-coached team will squeak out a victory. Prediction: Baylor 28, Texas 24 TFloss32 In what will be a contest between two programs coming off of devastating losses, Texas is the team that will have to reach deep down and figure out what they’re playing for. With their goals for the 2019 season all but evaporating in the cold Ames air, the focus should now be directed towards having some positivity to hang your hat on as you enter the offseason. The template for victory in yet another winnable game on the road is simple; be mentally prepared for the moment, don’t get in a hole early, clean up the penalties and stick with what’s working (especially in critical moments). For whatever reason, Texas has rarely been able to put it all together away from DKR and I don’t expect that to change this weekend. I believe Texas is capable of covering, but ultimately they leave Waco on the losing end of a frustrating effort with the same questions about what went wrong. Prediction: Baylor 31, Texas 24. Guess the score of the Texas vs. Baylor game and win HornSports gear!
  14. Each week until the end of the season Horn Sports will be giving away a SnapBack to anyone that correctly guesses the final score of Texas Football games. Give your score prediction below for the Texas - Baylor game (must be a registered member to win - we are a FREE site, so create your account to post if you haven’t already). We will lock this thread at kickoff, so be sure to get your predictions in before then. Baylor is favored by 5.5 Points. Good Luck!
  15. AMES, Iowa — Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell was winless against the Longhorns headed into Saturday’s contest. In fact, the Longhorns were the only team in the Big 12 Campbell hasn’t beaten during his tenure as head coach of the Cyclones. Campbell’s bad fortune against Texas ended on Saturday evening, as did Texas’ hopes of a Big 12 Championship Game appearance, with the Cyclones defeating the Longhorns 23-21 at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones (6-4, 4-3) dominated the Longhorns (6-4, 4-3) for most of the game, but Texas made a charge in the fourth quarter, erasing a 13 point deficit and taking a one-point lead. Penalties by the Longhorns on Iowa State’s final drive, including a costly one by linebacker Joseph Ossai, allowed the Cyclones to extend the drive when the game clock was a factor and timeouts were sparse. The win made the Cyclones bowl eligible and left the Texas coaching staff scratching their heads, still in search of an identity ten games into the season. Texas entered the game with the 4th best 3rd down conversion rate in the country. They finished the day 6-17 on third down, well-below their average. The coaching staff knew that in order to beat the Cyclones, they had to outrush and outgain the Cyclones on offense. Neither happened, with Texas totaling 327 total yards to Iowa State’s 466. Sam Ehlinger threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns and Cyclone quarterback Brock Purdy threw for 354 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The lack of rushing production hurt the Longhorns in their upset bid over ISU. Ehlinger led the team in rushing with 27 yards, but the team as a whole gained just 54 yards on the ground on 26 attempts (2.1 average). Texas played its brand of offensive football for a total of around seven minutes in this contest. The win by Iowa State ends a three-game winning streak by Texas and makes the Cyclones bowl eligible for the third straight year under Matt Campbell. GAME RECAP After a quick three and out for the Longhorns on the game’s opening drive, Brock Purdy and the Cyclones wasted no time on offense. Running back Breece Hall rushed for 40 yards on four carries to set up a two-yard touchdown pass from Purdy to tight end Charlie Kolar, who was wide open in the end zone. Iowa State held a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. At the 12:02 mark in the second quarter, D’Shawn Jamison intercepted Purdy at the Iowa State 36 yard line. Texas drove to the Cyclone 22 yard line before facing a 4th & 1. Ehlinger kept the ball on the snap and was wrapped up for no gain by ISU defensive back Greg Eisworth. The Cyclones added a 35-yard field goal from Connor Assalley with :47 left on the clock to increase their lead to 10-0. Sam Ehlinger engineered a 5-play, 75 yard scoring drive that took just :30 to give Texas their fist points of the game. The drive included pairs of passes to Devin Duvernay and Brennan Eagles. Eagles’ 14 yard acrobatic reception as he tapped a toe in the end zone before going out of bounds capped the drive. The Longhorns had just 59 yards of total offense prior to their final drive in the second quarter. They finished the first half with 134 total yards. The Cyclones took the wind out of the Longhorns sails to open the 3rd quarter, using just one play to regain a 10-point lead. On the first play from scrimmage, Purdy eluded several Texas defenders and then took advantage of blown coverage to connect with Deshaunte Jones for a 75-yard touchdown. There wasn’t a Texas defender within 20 yards of Jones when he reeled the pass in. Assalley’s 48-yard FG at the 12:09 mark extended the Iowa State’s lead to 20-7. Texas scored 14 unanswered points, with the first touchdown coming from Ehlingher to Keaontay Ingram early in the fourth quarter. After forcing an ISU punt, Texas marched 89 yards and converted a 4th and goal with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ehlinger to Malcolm Epps. Texas held their first lead of the game, 21-20, with 5:37 left on the game clock. On 4th & 5 from the Texas 25 yard line at the 2:16 mark, the Cyclones lined up for a field goal in attempt to regain the lead. In a costly mistake, Texas LB Joseph Ossai jumped offsides giving the Cyclones a fresh set of downs. The Longhorns had just two timeouts remaining, and Iowa State was able to run the clock down to :04 before Connor Assalley kicked a game winning 36-yard field goal. The Longhorns head to Waco next Saturday to face the Big 12-leading Baylor Bears.
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