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Aggies replaced by Horned Frogs? Probably.

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/tcu_helmet-150x150.jpgWhile most of the chatter last week was around the 2012 SEC football schedules being released and who the Aggies will play in their inaugural year in the SEC, it was all but announced that Texas has a new Thanksgiving night foe.  Yes, it appears that the Longhorns will play incoming Big XII newcomers TCU annually on Thanksgiving night.  A worthy replacement of our friends in College Station?  Not yet.  Could be down the road though.  TCU has better looking women.  Listen, I grew up in Fort Worth and went to many Horned Frog football, basketball and baseball games (I even used to clean Amon Carter Stadium after home games with my high school baseball team) so I respect TCU for what they are.  But they aren’t Texas and they aren’t A&M.  TCU is a small, private university and has always thought it could play with the big boys.  They have a had players such as Davy O’Brien, Sammy Baugh, Bob Lilly and LaDainian Tomlinson.  Big names for a small school, we know.
 
 
 
Texas is 61-20-1 against TCU all time.  Texas first played TCU back in 1897 and last met the Horned Frogs in 2007.  The two schools played together in the Southwest conference for many years and in fact, TCU won a national championship in 1938 under head coach Dutch Meyer.  In recent years TCU has had a lot of success on the football field under head coach Gary Patterson.  They beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl last year (2nd straight BCS Bowl appearance) and finished 13-0 and finished with a #2 ranking.  This year they finished 11-2 with a win over Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl.
 
 
 
While the Thanksgiving night pairing has not been finalized, we expect it to be soon.  Texas fans have lobbied for the Longhorns to play Notre Dame instead, but it has not materialized.  A Texas/TCU Thanksgiving night ticket will be fun and entertaining but it still will not mean as much or be as fun as beating the Aggies.  At least not yet.

Aggies replaced by Horned Frogs? Probably.

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/tcu_helmet-150x150.jpgWhile most of the chatter last week was around the 2012 SEC football schedules being released and who the Aggies will play in their inaugural year in the SEC, it was all but announced that Texas has a new Thanksgiving night foe.  Yes, it appears that the Longhorns will play incoming Big XII newcomers TCU annually on Thanksgiving night.  A worthy replacement of our friends in College Station?  Not yet.  Could be down the road though.  TCU has better looking women.  Listen, I grew up in Fort Worth and went to many Horned Frog football, basketball and baseball games (I even used to clean Amon Carter Stadium after home games with my high school baseball team) so I respect TCU for what they are.  But they aren’t Texas and they aren’t A&M.  TCU is a small, private university and has always thought it could play with the big boys.  They have a had players such as Davy O’Brien, Sammy Baugh, Bob Lilly and LaDainian Tomlinson.  Big names for a small school, we know.
 
 
 
Texas is 61-20-1 against TCU all time.  Texas first played TCU back in 1897 and last met the Horned Frogs in 2007.  The two schools played together in the Southwest conference for many years and in fact, TCU won a national championship in 1938 under head coach Dutch Meyer.  In recent years TCU has had a lot of success on the football field under head coach Gary Patterson.  They beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl last year (2nd straight BCS Bowl appearance) and finished 13-0 and finished with a #2 ranking.  This year they finished 11-2 with a win over Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl.
 
 
 
While the Thanksgiving night pairing has not been finalized, we expect it to be soon.  Texas fans have lobbied for the Longhorns to play Notre Dame instead, but it has not materialized.  A Texas/TCU Thanksgiving night ticket will be fun and entertaining but it still will not mean as much or be as fun as beating the Aggies.  At least not yet.

The Football Season is Over. What Did We Learn About the Longhorns?

It was a season of ups and downs but Texas finished strong with a win over Cal in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and achieved a preseason goal of winning at least 8 games.  A young team, Texas struggled to find its identity and was forced to deal with a slew of injuries to key contributors.  Now that the dust has settled, here's what we know.
 

Quarterbacks
 
The biggest question mark heading into next year is again the quarterback position.  David Ash has emerged as the winner of the quarterback battle – at least heading into spring.  Mack indicated last week at his press conference that Case needs to improve but he will have his chance to compete again.  The Longhorns also have incoming quarterback recruit Connor Brewer headed to the 40 acres as an early enrollee in January.  Brewer graduated from high school this month from Chaparral High School in Arizona.  Look for Brewer to make things interesting in the spring, along with fellow recruit and dual threat quarterback Jalen Overstreet.
 
 
 
What does all this really mean?  Essentially that the quarterback position is wide open for the taking by either of these young men.   Those interested in Connor Brewer’s abilities – see the video below.
 
 
 

 

Running Backs
 
The loss of Fozzy Whittaker was huge in terms of leadership and on-field production.  Texas had to learn to live Fozzy-less in early November when Whittaker tore both his MCL and ACL in the Missouri game.  Stud freshmen Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron picked up where Fozzy left off but both suffered injuries that would plague them the entire season.  D.J. Monroe and bruiser Cody Johnson both played as well.  2012 sees heralded running back and coveted recruit Johnathan Gray (Aledo HS) come to Texas and play immediately.  The stable of backs in the 2012 Texas offense is down right scary.  Health will be the key.  These guys stay healthy....  Watch out.
 

The Texas Defense
 
Manny Diaz is an absolute genius.  This unit was ferocious and stout all year and look for them to be even better next year.  With Safety Kenny Vaccarro announcing he will be staying for his senior season and Alex Okafor's expected return in 2012, the Texas defense will be in great shape.  The loss of Manny Acho and Keenan Robinson are not to be taken lightly, but with another year comes  a more experienced group of returnees.  Demarco Cobbs will get elevated playing time and JUCO transfer Brandon Moore will most likely play immediately.  Jackson Jeffcoat returns as a the cornerstone of the defensive line.  This group could easily be the best in the Big XII and one of the best in the nation in 2012.
 

Realistic Expectations for Next Year
 
Even with the uncertainty at quarterback Texas fans should expect the Longhorns to compete for a Big XII title next year.  National championship contention is probably a little too much to ask for next year, but 2013 will manifest a mature senior class that should be in the mix.  Mack Brown is excited about the next few years for a reason - because the goods are there.  The off-season should be extremely productive since Texas has smoothed out most of the road bumps they encountered this year.  Keeping the coaching staff in place is critical to future success, as just about every assistant coach was approached by other schools about coaching vacancies before the 2011 season started.  Look for Deloss Dodds to tack a few more years on to the existing Mack Brown contract which currently goes through 2016.

The Football Season is Over. What Did We Learn About the Longhorns?

It was a season of ups and downs but Texas finished strong with a win over Cal in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and achieved a preseason goal of winning at least 8 games.  A young team, Texas struggled to find its identity and was forced to deal with a slew of injuries to key contributors.  Now that the dust has settled, here's what we know.
 

Quarterbacks
 
The biggest question mark heading into next year is again the quarterback position.  David Ash has emerged as the winner of the quarterback battle – at least heading into spring.  Mack indicated last week at his press conference that Case needs to improve but he will have his chance to compete again.  The Longhorns also have incoming quarterback recruit Connor Brewer headed to the 40 acres as an early enrollee in January.  Brewer graduated from high school this month from Chaparral High School in Arizona.  Look for Brewer to make things interesting in the spring, along with fellow recruit and dual threat quarterback Jalen Overstreet.
 
 
 
What does all this really mean?  Essentially that the quarterback position is wide open for the taking by either of these young men.   Those interested in Connor Brewer’s abilities – see the video below.
 
 
 

 

Running Backs
 
The loss of Fozzy Whittaker was huge in terms of leadership and on-field production.  Texas had to learn to live Fozzy-less in early November when Whittaker tore both his MCL and ACL in the Missouri game.  Stud freshmen Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron picked up where Fozzy left off but both suffered injuries that would plague them the entire season.  D.J. Monroe and bruiser Cody Johnson both played as well.  2012 sees heralded running back and coveted recruit Johnathan Gray (Aledo HS) come to Texas and play immediately.  The stable of backs in the 2012 Texas offense is down right scary.  Health will be the key.  These guys stay healthy....  Watch out.
 

The Texas Defense
 
Manny Diaz is an absolute genius.  This unit was ferocious and stout all year and look for them to be even better next year.  With Safety Kenny Vaccarro announcing he will be staying for his senior season and Alex Okafor's expected return in 2012, the Texas defense will be in great shape.  The loss of Manny Acho and Keenan Robinson are not to be taken lightly, but with another year comes  a more experienced group of returnees.  Demarco Cobbs will get elevated playing time and JUCO transfer Brandon Moore will most likely play immediately.  Jackson Jeffcoat returns as a the cornerstone of the defensive line.  This group could easily be the best in the Big XII and one of the best in the nation in 2012.
 

Realistic Expectations for Next Year
 
Even with the uncertainty at quarterback Texas fans should expect the Longhorns to compete for a Big XII title next year.  National championship contention is probably a little too much to ask for next year, but 2013 will manifest a mature senior class that should be in the mix.  Mack Brown is excited about the next few years for a reason - because the goods are there.  The off-season should be extremely productive since Texas has smoothed out most of the road bumps they encountered this year.  Keeping the coaching staff in place is critical to future success, as just about every assistant coach was approached by other schools about coaching vacancies before the 2011 season started.  Look for Deloss Dodds to tack a few more years on to the existing Mack Brown contract which currently goes through 2016.

Texas wins Holiday Bowl, finishes season 8-5

Wednesday night the Texas Longhorns beat the California Golden Bears to win the 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego.  While the offense was less than stellar, it was the defense that ensured Texas would win its 8th game of what turned out to be a rather unpredicable season for the Longhorns.  David Ash started at quarterback for Texas and played the entire game.  His stats weren't impressive (14-23, 142 yardspassing, 1 touchdown) but he did throw and catch a touchdown pass to join Steve Young, Bucky Richardson and Joey Harrington as Holiday Bowl quarterbacks to catch touchdown passes in the game.  It was a low scoring affair with plenty of turnovers on the Cal side of the football.  Thank goodness, because Texas only managed to convert three of fourteen 3rd down attempts.  Texas fans expected to see a power rushing game from a healthy Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron but saw rushing performances of 35 yards and 9 yards, respectively.  Malcolm Brown led the team with 35 yards rushing.  Despite the lack of offensive "luster" from Texas, the Longhorns were physically superior in just about every way than the Cal squad.
 
 
 
The only scoring in the 1st quarter came on a 47 yard field goal from Giorgio Tavecchio.  Texas took a lead in the 2nd quarter on a 4 yards pass from Jaxon Shipley to David Ash.  Texas headed for the locker room at halftime with a 7-3 lead.
 
 
 
Cal managed to put a nice drive together early in the second half and capped it off with an Isi Sofele 6 yard touchdown run to put the Bears up 10-7.  In classic fashion Texas answered the Cal touchdown with one of their own, courtesy of a 47 yard zinger from Ash to Marquise Goodwin.  Early in the 4th quarter Texas would add a rushing touchdown from Cody Johnson who wore Fozzy Whittaker's #2 jersey.  Texas 21, Cal 10.
 
 
 
Manny Diaz has done impressive things with the Longhorn defense this year.  Last night the rushing defense was spectacular only allowing 7 rushing yards on 36 attempts.  That's .2 yards per attempt.  Not bad.  The defense grabbed 4 fumbles and picked Maynard off once.  Texas needs to make sure Diaz stays in Austin, as he is more than likely getting good looks from other universities "in need."
 
 
 
Mack Brown desperately wanted to win this game and he did.  Whether it was to show Jeff Tedford that you don't mess with Texas and the BCS (see 2008 season) or elevate the Longhorns to 5-0 all-time vs. Cal, coach Brown left his mark.  Texas won 8 games this year, an accomplishment that at times this year looked unachievable.  The Longhorns finished strong and learned a lot about themselves along the way.  Congratulations to Texas for never giving up or letting the adversity hinder progress.  Goodbye and thanks to all the seniors for pouring their hearts and souls into this amazing football program.
 
 
 
Hook'em Horns
 
 
 
 

Texas wins Holiday Bowl, finishes season 8-5

Wednesday night the Texas Longhorns beat the California Golden Bears to win the 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego.  While the offense was less than stellar, it was the defense that ensured Texas would win its 8th game of what turned out to be a rather unpredicable season for the Longhorns.  David Ash started at quarterback for Texas and played the entire game.  His stats weren't impressive (14-23, 142 yardspassing, 1 touchdown) but he did throw and catch a touchdown pass to join Steve Young, Bucky Richardson and Joey Harrington as Holiday Bowl quarterbacks to catch touchdown passes in the game.  It was a low scoring affair with plenty of turnovers on the Cal side of the football.  Thank goodness, because Texas only managed to convert three of fourteen 3rd down attempts.  Texas fans expected to see a power rushing game from a healthy Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron but saw rushing performances of 35 yards and 9 yards, respectively.  Malcolm Brown led the team with 35 yards rushing.  Despite the lack of offensive "luster" from Texas, the Longhorns were physically superior in just about every way than the Cal squad.
 
 
 
The only scoring in the 1st quarter came on a 47 yard field goal from Giorgio Tavecchio.  Texas took a lead in the 2nd quarter on a 4 yards pass from Jaxon Shipley to David Ash.  Texas headed for the locker room at halftime with a 7-3 lead.
 
 
 
Cal managed to put a nice drive together early in the second half and capped it off with an Isi Sofele 6 yard touchdown run to put the Bears up 10-7.  In classic fashion Texas answered the Cal touchdown with one of their own, courtesy of a 47 yard zinger from Ash to Marquise Goodwin.  Early in the 4th quarter Texas would add a rushing touchdown from Cody Johnson who wore Fozzy Whittaker's #2 jersey.  Texas 21, Cal 10.
 
 
 
Manny Diaz has done impressive things with the Longhorn defense this year.  Last night the rushing defense was spectacular only allowing 7 rushing yards on 36 attempts.  That's .2 yards per attempt.  Not bad.  The defense grabbed 4 fumbles and picked Maynard off once.  Texas needs to make sure Diaz stays in Austin, as he is more than likely getting good looks from other universities "in need."
 
 
 
Mack Brown desperately wanted to win this game and he did.  Whether it was to show Jeff Tedford that you don't mess with Texas and the BCS (see 2008 season) or elevate the Longhorns to 5-0 all-time vs. Cal, coach Brown left his mark.  Texas won 8 games this year, an accomplishment that at times this year looked unachievable.  The Longhorns finished strong and learned a lot about themselves along the way.  Congratulations to Texas for never giving up or letting the adversity hinder progress.  Goodbye and thanks to all the seniors for pouring their hearts and souls into this amazing football program.
 
 
 
Hook'em Horns
 
 
 
 

The Texas Longhorns and Holiday Bowl History

When announced that Texas (7-5) would meet Cal (7-5) in the 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Mack Brown and Longhorn fans could not have been more pleased. They should be. Tonight, December 28, Texas will play in its 4th Holiday Bowl – a venue that has provided many highlights and memories for the burnt orange faithful. Texas, losers of 3 of its last 4 games, will take on a Cal team that has won 3 of its last 4 games. Does Cal have the momentum heading into this one? We don’t think so. You have a problem with David Ash or Case McCoy? Better take a look at Cal quarterback Zach Maynard. Maynard threw for 2802 yards this season with 17 td’s and 11 int’s with a passer rating of 129.4. That’s not good. Sure, Texas has had its share of issues at quarterback but McCoy had a passer rating of 131.9 with 7 touchdowns and 4 picks – playing on a limited basis. Ash is another story…
 
 
 
With the bowl game approaching, we thought it would be neat to go back in time and relive the Longhorn Holiday Bowl History. Here we go…
 

2001 Culligan Holiday Bowl
 
Texas (10-2) vs. Washington (8-3)
 
Major Applewhite starts at quarterback for #9 ranked Texas and the Huskies strike first in the second quarter on a field goal by Washington kicker John Anderson. Washington adds a couple of field goals, an interception return for a touchdown and a Cody Pickett touchdown pass to cap the Huskies scoring in the first half. Texas scored two touchdowns on passes of 43 and 25 yards from Applewhite to B.J. Johnson and Roy Williams, respectively, to send Washington to the locker room with a 23-14 at the half.
 
 
 
It looked like Texas would be in for a long night when Washington scored two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter compared to Texas’ 2 field goals. Third quarter ends with a score of Washington 36, Texas 20.
 
 
 
Here’s where it gets interesting. Texas scores three consecutive touchdowns (and misses a two point conversion) to take a 40-36 lead halfway through the 4th quarter. Then with 1:49 remaining, Willie Hurst rumbles 34 yards for a Huskies score, making it 43-40 Washington.
 
 
 
In classic fashion, Texas drives down field and caps the drive off with an Ivan Williams 3 yard run to ensure a 47-43 Texas Longhorn victory over the Washington Huskies.
 
 
 
Final Score: Texas 47, Washington, 43
 
 
 
Notes: Major Applewhite, co-Offensive MVP, threw for 473 yards and 4 touchdowns.
 
 
 
Payout per Team: $ 2,044,988
 
 
 
 
 

2003 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
 
Texas (10-2) vs. Washington St. (9-3)
 
Texas brought a top 5 ranked team to San Diego to take on 15th ranked Washington State. With no score in the first quarter, Texas struck first with a Cedric Benson touchdown run. WSU evened the score at 7-7 on a 12 yard touchdown reception from Matt Kegel to Sammy Moore. Longhorn kicker David Pino sent Texas into halftime with a 10-7 lead after nailing a 39 yard field goal.
 
 
 
In the third quarter the Huskies scored three consecutive touchdowns to take a 26-10 lead (touchdown pass again from Kegel to Moore, Jonathan Smith touchdown run & fumble return for a touchdown). Washington State missed two extra points. Texas would add another field goal to cut the lead to 26-13 but Washington State would be awarded a safety after a penalty in the end zone on Texas. Chance Mock (remember him?) would connect with Roy Williams on a 30 yard touchdown pass but time would run out on the Horns and the final score would end 28-20 with the Huskies winning the game.
 
 
 
Final Score: Washington State 28, Texas, 20
 
 
 
Notes: Texas fumbled three times in the second half
 
 
 
Payout per Team: $2,013,616
 
 
 
 
 

2007 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
 
Texas (9-3) vs. Arizona St. (10-2)
 
This game will be remembered not for the play of the players but for the family members involved! Mack Brown’s stepson came on the field during a broken play and touched what was ruled as a live football. Texas received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which proved not to matter much in the end. As far as the game went, the Texas offense hammered Dennis Erickson’s Sun Devils all night. ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter struggled most of the night and the Sun Devil rushing game managed only 22 rushing yards against a stout Texas defense. McCoy turned the ball over quite a bit but a rushing attack led by Jamaal Charles proved to be enough. Charles racked up 161 on the ground and 2 touchdowns.
 
 
 
Texas scored the first three touchdowns of the game and never looked back. McCoy threw for two touchdowns and provided more than enough offense to seal a Texas victory. Arizona State did not help themselves much, as they turned the ball over 5 times.
 
 
 
Final Score: Texas 52, Arizona State, 34
 
 
 
Notes: Colt McCoy was named Offensive MVP, Brian Orakpo was named Defensive MVP
 
 
 
Payout per Team: $2,250,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tonight’s Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl will provide tons of entertainment and fun for Texas and Cal fans alike. Let’s hope the Texas fans have better memories after this one is over.
 
 
 
2011 Payout per team: $2,075,000
 
 
 
 

The Texas Longhorns and Holiday Bowl History

When announced that Texas (7-5) would meet Cal (7-5) in the 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Mack Brown and Longhorn fans could not have been more pleased. They should be. Tonight, December 28, Texas will play in its 4th Holiday Bowl – a venue that has provided many highlights and memories for the burnt orange faithful. Texas, losers of 3 of its last 4 games, will take on a Cal team that has won 3 of its last 4 games. Does Cal have the momentum heading into this one? We don’t think so. You have a problem with David Ash or Case McCoy? Better take a look at Cal quarterback Zach Maynard. Maynard threw for 2802 yards this season with 17 td’s and 11 int’s with a passer rating of 129.4. That’s not good. Sure, Texas has had its share of issues at quarterback but McCoy had a passer rating of 131.9 with 7 touchdowns and 4 picks – playing on a limited basis. Ash is another story…
 
 
 
With the bowl game approaching, we thought it would be neat to go back in time and relive the Longhorn Holiday Bowl History. Here we go…
 

2001 Culligan Holiday Bowl
 
Texas (10-2) vs. Washington (8-3)
 
Major Applewhite starts at quarterback for #9 ranked Texas and the Huskies strike first in the second quarter on a field goal by Washington kicker John Anderson. Washington adds a couple of field goals, an interception return for a touchdown and a Cody Pickett touchdown pass to cap the Huskies scoring in the first half. Texas scored two touchdowns on passes of 43 and 25 yards from Applewhite to B.J. Johnson and Roy Williams, respectively, to send Washington to the locker room with a 23-14 at the half.
 
 
 
It looked like Texas would be in for a long night when Washington scored two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter compared to Texas’ 2 field goals. Third quarter ends with a score of Washington 36, Texas 20.
 
 
 
Here’s where it gets interesting. Texas scores three consecutive touchdowns (and misses a two point conversion) to take a 40-36 lead halfway through the 4th quarter. Then with 1:49 remaining, Willie Hurst rumbles 34 yards for a Huskies score, making it 43-40 Washington.
 
 
 
In classic fashion, Texas drives down field and caps the drive off with an Ivan Williams 3 yard run to ensure a 47-43 Texas Longhorn victory over the Washington Huskies.
 
 
 
Final Score: Texas 47, Washington, 43
 
 
 
Notes: Major Applewhite, co-Offensive MVP, threw for 473 yards and 4 touchdowns.
 
 
 
Payout per Team: $ 2,044,988
 
 
 
 
 

2003 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
 
Texas (10-2) vs. Washington St. (9-3)
 
Texas brought a top 5 ranked team to San Diego to take on 15th ranked Washington State. With no score in the first quarter, Texas struck first with a Cedric Benson touchdown run. WSU evened the score at 7-7 on a 12 yard touchdown reception from Matt Kegel to Sammy Moore. Longhorn kicker David Pino sent Texas into halftime with a 10-7 lead after nailing a 39 yard field goal.
 
 
 
In the third quarter the Huskies scored three consecutive touchdowns to take a 26-10 lead (touchdown pass again from Kegel to Moore, Jonathan Smith touchdown run & fumble return for a touchdown). Washington State missed two extra points. Texas would add another field goal to cut the lead to 26-13 but Washington State would be awarded a safety after a penalty in the end zone on Texas. Chance Mock (remember him?) would connect with Roy Williams on a 30 yard touchdown pass but time would run out on the Horns and the final score would end 28-20 with the Huskies winning the game.
 
 
 
Final Score: Washington State 28, Texas, 20
 
 
 
Notes: Texas fumbled three times in the second half
 
 
 
Payout per Team: $2,013,616
 
 
 
 
 

2007 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
 
Texas (9-3) vs. Arizona St. (10-2)
 
This game will be remembered not for the play of the players but for the family members involved! Mack Brown’s stepson came on the field during a broken play and touched what was ruled as a live football. Texas received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which proved not to matter much in the end. As far as the game went, the Texas offense hammered Dennis Erickson’s Sun Devils all night. ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter struggled most of the night and the Sun Devil rushing game managed only 22 rushing yards against a stout Texas defense. McCoy turned the ball over quite a bit but a rushing attack led by Jamaal Charles proved to be enough. Charles racked up 161 on the ground and 2 touchdowns.
 
 
 
Texas scored the first three touchdowns of the game and never looked back. McCoy threw for two touchdowns and provided more than enough offense to seal a Texas victory. Arizona State did not help themselves much, as they turned the ball over 5 times.
 
 
 
Final Score: Texas 52, Arizona State, 34
 
 
 
Notes: Colt McCoy was named Offensive MVP, Brian Orakpo was named Defensive MVP
 
 
 
Payout per Team: $2,250,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tonight’s Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl will provide tons of entertainment and fun for Texas and Cal fans alike. Let’s hope the Texas fans have better memories after this one is over.
 
 
 
2011 Payout per team: $2,075,000
 
 
 
 

Holiday Bowl Preview: Horns and Bears face off

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/holiday-150x150.jpgOn Wednesday Night the 2011 version of the Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl will be played in San Diego between the Texas Longhorns and the California Golden Bears. This will be the 5th meeting between these two teams, but the first since 1970.Texas is 4-0 in those previous meetings with Cal, and looking to make that mark 5-0 at Qualcomm stadium.
 
 
 
Texas is playing in its 13th bowl game under Mack Brown and has won 7 of their last 9 games in the Mack Brown Era.Texas is 8-4 under Mack Brown in Bowl games. There are a group of 26 seniors that will be playing their final game in a Texas uniform.  As a group this senior class is 37-14. This includes a Fiesta Bowl championship, Big XII title and a National Championship appearance. This is an impressive run for a class, especially considering this was a down year to most fans.
 
 
 
Texas needs to win this game to have another season with at least 8 wins, but that is a far cry from a few weeks back when the team looked like a 9 win squad. Hopefully the extra practices and time on the field will benefit this team going forward, but it can be lost in a minute with a loss against a tough Cal squad.
 
 
 
Cal will be bringing in their own woes to the Holiday Bowl, but they are bringing in an All American Defensive player and Pac 12 defensive player of the year in Mychal Kendricks, who hopes to bolster his stats against a struggling Texas team.Cal is coming off a down year much like the Horns and has had a decade of success under their coach Jeff Tedford.
 
 
 
There are a lot of comparables that can be seen between the two schools and I am sure that neither team will fail to show up and impress in the final game of the year. However I don’t see Cal being able to outscore Texas and anticipate they will suffer their 5th defeat to the Longhorns.

Holiday Bowl Preview: Horns and Bears face off

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/holiday-150x150.jpgOn Wednesday Night the 2011 version of the Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl will be played in San Diego between the Texas Longhorns and the California Golden Bears. This will be the 5th meeting between these two teams, but the first since 1970.Texas is 4-0 in those previous meetings with Cal, and looking to make that mark 5-0 at Qualcomm stadium.
 
 
 
Texas is playing in its 13th bowl game under Mack Brown and has won 7 of their last 9 games in the Mack Brown Era.Texas is 8-4 under Mack Brown in Bowl games. There are a group of 26 seniors that will be playing their final game in a Texas uniform.  As a group this senior class is 37-14. This includes a Fiesta Bowl championship, Big XII title and a National Championship appearance. This is an impressive run for a class, especially considering this was a down year to most fans.
 
 
 
Texas needs to win this game to have another season with at least 8 wins, but that is a far cry from a few weeks back when the team looked like a 9 win squad. Hopefully the extra practices and time on the field will benefit this team going forward, but it can be lost in a minute with a loss against a tough Cal squad.
 
 
 
Cal will be bringing in their own woes to the Holiday Bowl, but they are bringing in an All American Defensive player and Pac 12 defensive player of the year in Mychal Kendricks, who hopes to bolster his stats against a struggling Texas team.Cal is coming off a down year much like the Horns and has had a decade of success under their coach Jeff Tedford.
 
 
 
There are a lot of comparables that can be seen between the two schools and I am sure that neither team will fail to show up and impress in the final game of the year. However I don’t see Cal being able to outscore Texas and anticipate they will suffer their 5th defeat to the Longhorns.

rivalsHigh names Trey Williams Offensive Player of the Year

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/jgraybw-150x150.jpgrivalsHigh by Yahoo has named Trey Williams, Texas A&M recruit the Offensive Player of the Year over UT recruit Johnathan Gray.
 
 
 
This seems strange since their own rating system had Gray the # 7 and Williams # 13. Gray also had better stats, although Williams were good. Both had 3900 yards but Gray had 70 combined td's to 48 for Williams. Gray also averaged more than two yards per carry better than Williams.
 
 
 
Rivals.com Texas analyst Brian Perone saw numerous games by Williams and feel he's the complete package. "He is an all- down back who can run and catch the ball out of the backfield.
 
 
 
There are questions about why Williams was selected over Gray? Maybe Rivals wanted to be different or maybe there is another reason? I think it may be as simple as biased journalism.
 
 
 
That Rivals.com analyst Brian Perone, who saw numerous games and felt he was the most complete running back also seems to be a Texas A&M graduate. His Likedin page says he attended TAM from 1999-2003 and is a member of AggieYell.com.
 
 
 
Surely an Aggie would not be biased toward a UT recruit? Surely an Aggie would not be used as the analyst to determine who wins such an award? Seems surely died and Rivals.com has some splaining to do.

rivalsHigh names Trey Williams Offensive Player of the Year

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/jgraybw-150x150.jpgrivalsHigh by Yahoo has named Trey Williams, Texas A&M recruit the Offensive Player of the Year over UT recruit Johnathan Gray.
 
 
 
This seems strange since their own rating system had Gray the # 7 and Williams # 13. Gray also had better stats, although Williams were good. Both had 3900 yards but Gray had 70 combined td's to 48 for Williams. Gray also averaged more than two yards per carry better than Williams.
 
 
 
Rivals.com Texas analyst Brian Perone saw numerous games by Williams and feel he's the complete package. "He is an all- down back who can run and catch the ball out of the backfield.
 
 
 
There are questions about why Williams was selected over Gray? Maybe Rivals wanted to be different or maybe there is another reason? I think it may be as simple as biased journalism.
 
 
 
That Rivals.com analyst Brian Perone, who saw numerous games and felt he was the most complete running back also seems to be a Texas A&M graduate. His Likedin page says he attended TAM from 1999-2003 and is a member of AggieYell.com.
 
 
 
Surely an Aggie would not be biased toward a UT recruit? Surely an Aggie would not be used as the analyst to determine who wins such an award? Seems surely died and Rivals.com has some splaining to do.

Two Texas Tight Ends Ruled Academically Ineligble for Bowl Game

Dominique Jones and Ahmad Howard, backup tight ends for the University of Texas, have been ruled academically ineligible and did not accompany the team on the trip to San Diego for the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.  Jones and Howard have both seen very limited playing time this year.  The Longhorns will rely on Blaine Irby, D.J. Grant and Barrett Matthews to fill the tight end position when the Longhorns play the Cal Golden Bears on Wednesday.
 
 
 
 

Two Texas Tight Ends Ruled Academically Ineligble for Bowl Game

Dominique Jones and Ahmad Howard, backup tight ends for the University of Texas, have been ruled academically ineligible and did not accompany the team on the trip to San Diego for the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.  Jones and Howard have both seen very limited playing time this year.  The Longhorns will rely on Blaine Irby, D.J. Grant and Barrett Matthews to fill the tight end position when the Longhorns play the Cal Golden Bears on Wednesday.
 
 
 
 

A Merry Longhorn Christmas (and Holiday Bowl Info)

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/lens18788334_1319946472longhorn-christmas-orname1-150x150.jpgOnce again I plucked these Christmas snippets from everywhere:
 
 
 
"Lonnie the Texas Longhorn"
 
 
 
Lonnie the Texas longhorn.... leadin Santa's sleigh....(4 count beat)
 
burnt orange n white glowin thru the night,just a
 
mooin all the way.......
 
9 foot of swingin headgear.... six foot of swattin tail....
 
deliverin Santa's presents by southern air mail....
 
 
 
One day when he was in the pasture, he was forced to jump a fence
 
and when he didn't come right back down ....well he's been airborne ever since
 
Lonnie wasn't no ordinary bovine...., he was only half Texas steer
 
it was fate that mixed up bloodlines.... cause his grandma was full reindeer!
 
 
 
Austin, Texas -- Mason Walters wants to move the ball on the ground.
 
 
 
Doesn’t matter who moves it. He just wants it moved.
 
 
 
“I don’t care if you put my grandmother back there, I want to run the ball,” the Texas offensive lineman said.
 
 
 
She’s had a knee replaced so it might be wise to hold off on that. But Texas does have a couple of healthy guys to handle the carries. You might have heard of them, too -- Malcolm Brownand Joe Bergeron.
 

2011 Holiday Bowl: Cal Bears, Texas Longhorns To Get Shopping Spree In San Diego
 
The big gift will be a trip to a Best Buy, where players will be given a gift card with an undisclosed amount to purchase a few items of their choice. In addition, the Bears and Longhorns will receive a Tourneau watch, jacket and fitted cap to commemorate the experience. And this of course does not include the ultimate prize, which would be the Holiday Bowl trophy.
 
 
 
Kickoff for the Holiday Bowl is set for 5 p.m. on December 28. It will be televised nationally on ESPN.
 
 
 
and finally...Texas gets a number two ranking for a Christmas present. That would be number two behind only the The University of Miami as the top party school.
 
 
 
So party hard, have a Merry Christmas and all those other holidays. Remember to Hook Em Horns.

A Merry Longhorn Christmas (and Holiday Bowl Info)

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/lens18788334_1319946472longhorn-christmas-orname1-150x150.jpgOnce again I plucked these Christmas snippets from everywhere:
 
 
 
"Lonnie the Texas Longhorn"
 
 
 
Lonnie the Texas longhorn.... leadin Santa's sleigh....(4 count beat)
 
burnt orange n white glowin thru the night,just a
 
mooin all the way.......
 
9 foot of swingin headgear.... six foot of swattin tail....
 
deliverin Santa's presents by southern air mail....
 
 
 
One day when he was in the pasture, he was forced to jump a fence
 
and when he didn't come right back down ....well he's been airborne ever since
 
Lonnie wasn't no ordinary bovine...., he was only half Texas steer
 
it was fate that mixed up bloodlines.... cause his grandma was full reindeer!
 
 
 
Austin, Texas -- Mason Walters wants to move the ball on the ground.
 
 
 
Doesn’t matter who moves it. He just wants it moved.
 
 
 
“I don’t care if you put my grandmother back there, I want to run the ball,” the Texas offensive lineman said.
 
 
 
She’s had a knee replaced so it might be wise to hold off on that. But Texas does have a couple of healthy guys to handle the carries. You might have heard of them, too -- Malcolm Brownand Joe Bergeron.
 

2011 Holiday Bowl: Cal Bears, Texas Longhorns To Get Shopping Spree In San Diego
 
The big gift will be a trip to a Best Buy, where players will be given a gift card with an undisclosed amount to purchase a few items of their choice. In addition, the Bears and Longhorns will receive a Tourneau watch, jacket and fitted cap to commemorate the experience. And this of course does not include the ultimate prize, which would be the Holiday Bowl trophy.
 
 
 
Kickoff for the Holiday Bowl is set for 5 p.m. on December 28. It will be televised nationally on ESPN.
 
 
 
and finally...Texas gets a number two ranking for a Christmas present. That would be number two behind only the The University of Miami as the top party school.
 
 
 
So party hard, have a Merry Christmas and all those other holidays. Remember to Hook Em Horns.

Texas Stomped by Tarheels 82-63

Texas couldn't get the rebounds and couldn't make shots in last night's matchup against North Carolina.  The Runnin' Horns jacked up 25 3 pointers and only made 9 of them.  It was a frustrating night for Rick Barnes and his young team who couldn't seem to get anything going.  J'Covan Brown and Jonathan Holmes each scored 16 points and Sheldon McClellan came off the bench to add 16 as well.  Myck Kabongo scored 1 point and played 15 minutes.
 
 
 
North Carolina had lost 4 straight games to Texas prior to last night's win.
 
 
 
Texas heads back to Austin to take on Rice this Saturday at the Erwin Center.

Texas Stomped by Tarheels 82-63

Texas couldn't get the rebounds and couldn't make shots in last night's matchup against North Carolina.  The Runnin' Horns jacked up 25 3 pointers and only made 9 of them.  It was a frustrating night for Rick Barnes and his young team who couldn't seem to get anything going.  J'Covan Brown and Jonathan Holmes each scored 16 points and Sheldon McClellan came off the bench to add 16 as well.  Myck Kabongo scored 1 point and played 15 minutes.
 
 
 
North Carolina had lost 4 straight games to Texas prior to last night's win.
 
 
 
Texas heads back to Austin to take on Rice this Saturday at the Erwin Center.

Runnin' Horns to face test in Chapel Hill

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/jcb-300x198.jpgWhen the Texas Longhorns take the court tonight at Dean Smith Arena in Chapel Hill they will be facing a North Carolina team that means business.  Texas has beaten the Tarheels the last four meetings between the two schools, including a thrilling 78-76 victory in Greensborough last year courtesy of a Cory Joseph jumper with 1.4 seconds left.  Yeah, Roy Williams is thinking Revenge.  North Carolina is 7-0 this season at home and have the #1 rebounding team in the NCAA, largely thanks to Tarheel big men Tyler Zeller (7'0) and John Henson (6'11).  Conversely Texas has won 7 straight including a huge 77-65 win over the Temple Owls last Saturday in Austin.  Junior guard J'Covan Brown scored 23 to lead Texas against the Owls.  A victory over North Carolina tonight would add another impressive non-conference win to the Longhorn tournament resume.
 
 
 
Texas starts three freshmen including heralded point guard Myck Kabongo who has contributed greatly to Texas' success on the court this season.  Texas has been a decent rebounding team thus far, and the Longhorns are going to have to fight and scrape for every board tonight if they hope to have a shot at winning.  North Carolina's 3 point shot percentage is miserable so look for the Tarheels to push the ball inside at every opportunity.
 
 
 
For those interested in the line in tonight's game:  North Carolina -12.  I expect this game to be much closer.  Like North Carolina, Texas is a young, hungry team out to prove a point.  Look for the outcome of this game to be decided in the final minutes.  Texas must strongarm the boards to keep this one close though.

Runnin' Horns to face test in Chapel Hill

http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/jcb-300x198.jpgWhen the Texas Longhorns take the court tonight at Dean Smith Arena in Chapel Hill they will be facing a North Carolina team that means business.  Texas has beaten the Tarheels the last four meetings between the two schools, including a thrilling 78-76 victory in Greensborough last year courtesy of a Cory Joseph jumper with 1.4 seconds left.  Yeah, Roy Williams is thinking Revenge.  North Carolina is 7-0 this season at home and have the #1 rebounding team in the NCAA, largely thanks to Tarheel big men Tyler Zeller (7'0) and John Henson (6'11).  Conversely Texas has won 7 straight including a huge 77-65 win over the Temple Owls last Saturday in Austin.  Junior guard J'Covan Brown scored 23 to lead Texas against the Owls.  A victory over North Carolina tonight would add another impressive non-conference win to the Longhorn tournament resume.
 
 
 
Texas starts three freshmen including heralded point guard Myck Kabongo who has contributed greatly to Texas' success on the court this season.  Texas has been a decent rebounding team thus far, and the Longhorns are going to have to fight and scrape for every board tonight if they hope to have a shot at winning.  North Carolina's 3 point shot percentage is miserable so look for the Tarheels to push the ball inside at every opportunity.
 
 
 
For those interested in the line in tonight's game:  North Carolina -12.  I expect this game to be much closer.  Like North Carolina, Texas is a young, hungry team out to prove a point.  Look for the outcome of this game to be decided in the final minutes.  Texas must strongarm the boards to keep this one close though.

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