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The #6 LSU Tigers jumped out to a quick lead over the #9 Texas Longhorns in Saturday’s contest in Austin, but the Longhorns fought back and made things interesting.  Texas clawed back within a touchdown after Devin Duvernay’s 15-yard touchdown reception to make the score 45-38 with :15 left in the game.  The Longhorns subsequently failed to recover an onside kick that would have given the offense one last chance to tie the game.  Despite the physicality of both teams, Texas managed to avoid injury for most of the game. However, in his post-game media availability, head coach Tom Herman said both of his nicklebacks suffered injuries late in the game.

Sophmore starter B.J. Foster suffered a hamstring injury on the last defensive play of the game. Herman called the injury a “tweak,” which will be evaluated on Sunday. The injury was significant enough to where Herman said Foster “would not have been able to go back in” had they played more on defense.

Foster’s backup, junior Josh Thompson, suffered a rib injury on the onside kick attempt and would be evaluated on Sunday as well.

Foster had 7 solo tackles including two sacks on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.

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BJ Foster is out for a couple of weeks. Looks like Overshown will step up and take that role.  Maybe we see a little of Tyler Owen's ad well.  Unlike RB, UT has good options.  BJ will be missed against OKST, but I feel confident in the backup there in that role.

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ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

A Texas Two-Step Is Too Challenging for the Longhorns and Aggies

For the first time since 1979, Texas and Texas A&M played top 10 opponents on the same day. Neither pulled off an upset that could have changed the dynamics of the season.

 
 

AUSTIN, Tex. — It could have been a grand weekend for college football in Texas, a cathartic escape from years of misadventures and a catapulting into the national title conversation.

There was the prospect of a Texas Longhorns upset of a resurgent Louisiana State. Texas A&M could take down the nation’s top-ranked team. Maybe both. Saturday was, after all, the first time in 40 years that the teams from Austin and College Station both faced top 10 programs on the same day.

Instead, the weekend left the state in a bit of a football stupor, its aspirations dented and its most gilded programs — with their big ambitions and touch-and-go histories — still in search of elixirs that will create indisputable contenders.

“We wanted to win this game, certainly, very badly,” Tom Herman, the University of Texas coach, said after the then-No. 9 Longhorns lost, 45-38, to No. 6 L.S.U. “We prepared to win. I loved our plans. We’ve got to do a better job coaching our guys to execute those plans at an elite level.”

 

 

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A pass-happy L.S.U. offense that looked like it could have come out of a Big 12 locker room recorded 573 yards against a hang-tough Texas team that was outplayed at so many turns. Meanwhile, Texas A&M, which visited No. 1 Clemson, spent much of its Saturday afternoon in a stall and lost, 24-10, surrendering its lofty ambitions of defeating the defending national champions, who tied a program record by winning their 17th straight game.

Fighting, feisty Texas teams, indeed. Flawed, too. A good recipe to threaten and menace and create hype — and lose anyway. It can also be a short-term tease toward a time when every game is part of an assuredly viable path toward title contention.

 

 

 

Both teams’ schedules still feature chances for blockbuster upsets that could enchant the College Football Playoff selection committee. On Saturday, though, neither team reshaped the trajectory of a season that plenty of people expect will wind up in the same spot where the last one ended: with Alabama and Clemson dueling for another trophy.

 
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Texas fans were poised for a big victory against Louisiana State. But their team fell short.CreditNick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated Press

Despite a betting line that heavily favored Clemson, Saturday’s game in South Carolina started promisingly enough for the Aggies: a missed field-goal attempt by the home team and an early score for A&M. Not long after, an L.S.U. fan cruised outside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on a scooter and tauntingly declared, “A&M’s the best team in Texas.”

 

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It was a debatable claim that only became more so.

“Texas A&M didn’t play well enough to win the game,” its coach, Jimbo Fisher, said. “You have to learn how to hit those critical moments in those critical plays to help keep pressure back on them, and that’s something we’re still in the process of getting to and we need to clean up.”

Fisher repeatedly emphasized that Texas A&M fielded “a good football team” against Clemson. Still, the coach, who as recently as July deemed it condescending to see A&M as a mere spoiler, must now reckon with the notion that the Aggies might be only that. They are still to play No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, No. 8 Auburn and an L.S.U. team that rose to No. 4 by the end of the weekend, and winning any of those games would be a boost to the Aggies’ brand in Fisher’s second season.

For now, though, the Aggies probably won’t be any neutral observer’s pick in any of them, and a second loss would almost certainly eliminate them from this year’s championship race.

Where the Texas A&M faithful can find a little solace — as much solace as there is to be found after a game in which their team did not reach double digits on the scoreboard until there were six seconds left to play — is that Fisher has previously done well after coaching a rising team that lost to a No. 1 program. In 2011, when Fisher was in his sophomore season as the top man at Florida State, the Seminoles logged a 10-point loss to top-ranked Oklahoma. They finished the next season at No. 10 and then won a national championship.

“We have a good football team, but we have to play better,” Fisher said after Saturday’s loss, which sent Texas A&M’s ranking to No. 16, down from No. 12. “And I have to coach them better.”

 
 
 
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Clemson scored 24 points against Texas A&M. The Aggies scored 10. The upset never happened. 
Clemson scored 24 points against Texas A&M. The Aggies scored 10. The upset never happened. CreditStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

Then there were the Longhorns. Entering this season, Texas had spent the decade largely wallowing in what counts in 21st-century Austin as a football wilderness: a 63-52 record since losing the national championship game to end the 2009 season. Not bad, of course, but a fall from the previous nine seasons, when Texas won 101 games.

 

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Last season, which included a Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia, a regular-season win over Oklahoma and a 10-4 record, lent Texas new swagger.

And for the Longhorns rooters who streamed into the stadium — many of whom, like the fan who endured a nine-hour layover in Cincinnati, came from well beyond the Texas capital to see one of the university’s biggest matchups in years — Saturday’s game was an early chance to build momentum and signal to the world that Texas football had been resurrected.

It didn’t happen. Instead, Texas repeatedly stubbed its toe near the goal line, twice turning the ball over just before the end zone. There were errors of vision and execution for a team whose game mantra, according to Herman, was “empty the chamber.” And the Texas defense was susceptible to Joe Burrow’s big passes, such as the 61-yard throw on third-and-17 that all but extinguished any lingering hopes for the Longhorns, who nevertheless displayed second-half fighting instincts that should serve them well as the season progresses.

“I thought their offense was hard to stop, gave us problems,” Ed Orgeron, the L.S.U. coach, said of a Texas team that finished with 530 yards. “But how about our offense, man?”

Louisiana State left the stadium with a clear Heisman candidate and a road map to and through college football’s biggest games. Texas, which fell in the polls to No. 12, did not walk into the sweltering night with an obituary for its season, but will confront a film room full of moments to dissect and lament.

Herman maintained that “all of our long-term goals are still out there.” It was not just spin. There will be an October date with No. 5 Oklahoma, and even a 10-2 regular season would be the best for Texas since 2009. There might also be a Big 12 title game that could give Texas an exquisitely timed appearance in the spotlight as playoff picks loom.

But at least on Saturday, both big Texas teams blinked.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/sports/ncaafootball/texas-longhorns-aggies-lsu-clemson.html

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