Category Archives: Texas Football

Big 12 doormat beats Texas

I had a bad feeling about the Texas-Kansas game even before it started. After that, well, except for their spectacular first down score, watching the Texas offensive line struggle to keep their QB clean and him keep throwing interceptions, confirmed it.

So when Texas lost 24-21 in overtime, probably the lowest score in a Big 12 game in the past decade, I wasn’t all that surprised. Not when it included five (by my count) turnovers. Gone are the days when you didn’t worry when Texas fell behind cause you knew they’d pull it out. Not anymore.

Poor Texas, they can’t win for losing. They had a shot at their first winning season in the Charlie Strong era. Now it’s gone. Even if they can beat TCU at home the day after Thanksgiving (a very big if) they’ll end the season at 6-6. And it’s much more likely TCU (5-5, 3-4) will throttle them.

UPDATE:  It was Texas first loss to Kansas since 1938. As Mr. B. said: They beat Notre Dame and then lost to Kansas. How does it happen? Or as the daily’s Cedric Golden put it: “So Texas and Rhode Island now share something in common: Both have lost a football game to the 2016 Kansas Jayhawks.” Arguably the worst team in college football.

Texas wins opener 50-47

Great game, Texas! Tyrone and Shane make a great pair of quarterbacks. Notre Dame also played two and they were also good, just not good enough at the end.

The daily’s sports writer Cedric Golden said they’d win tonight and they did, if just barely. But they looked much better than last year, offense, defense and special teams. May indeed be headed for a winning season and a bowl game for a change. Hookem!

UPDATE:  Then the AP Top 25 poll of sports writers ranked them 11th, first ranking since 2013. Coaches poll has them at 20th which might be more realistic.

Bench-clearing in football?

Seen it in baseball, sure, but college football? Any football? But somehow, with the whole Baylor team on the Texas sidelines, only Texas gets a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Weird.

Nice to see Texas at 17-0, but it can’t last. Can it? Naw. Not this season.

UPDATE: Welll… At the half it’s Texas 20, Baylor nothing. Lots of Baylor penalties and lost yardage, turnovers, field-goal kickers missing, and losing their QB early on to injury, to be replaced by a guy who can’t pass very well (sort of like Tyrone, actually), has kept the Bears off the board. This can’t last. Can it?

MORE:  Well, it did and it didn’t. Texas got the upset 23-17, sure enough, but they managed only 3 points in the whole second half. It’s more likely that fate had it in for Baylor than that Texas proved to be a better team than we thought. They got lucky, while Baylor’s luck ran out.

Texas Fight

Strong’s team played physical. It ran the ball 58 times and in such dominating fashion, Texas had not one but two 100-yard rushers, and quarterback Jerrod Heard had to pass only 11 times to avoid complete boredom. His defensive line wore out the Sooners and put OU quarterback Baker Mayfield on his back six times. When he was upright, Texas harassed him into short gains on scrambles. For much of the day, the quarterback was running for his life.”

Sort of like what TCU did to Heard. Anyhow. It was quite a game. Not a loss and not boring. Running is not what most Big 12 teams do but if you have a dominating, blitzing defense like UT did you can limit their passing, eh, Chuck?

Those hapless Horns

The terrible thing about Longhorns football these days is not just that they lose so often, but that they do it so boringly. Every time they get the football you just know they’re not going to do anything spectacular with it.

A Texas Tech team can almost beat TCU one week, then fall spectacularly to Baylor the next. The Horns almost beat Cal and the Little Okies and then roll over and play dead for TCU. They were scary bad.

Now all the fair-weather Horns fans want Charlie Strong’s head on a platter. But we know he’ll get another season to keep trying to turn things around. And he should. Just making their play less boring would help, Chuck. A few trick plays, maybe?

Kicker Nick Rose lost it

He missed the PAT that would have tied the game. After QB Jerrod Heard’s heroic rushing touchdown with under two minutes to play. What a shame.

Cal 45, Texas 44.

Still, the best game I’ve seen Texas play in years. Good on ya, Horns!

“Cool under pressure, Heard’s legs and precision passing were a huge positive for a team that never gave up despite struggling mightily during the third quarter.”—Wescott Eberts, SB Nation.

Coach Charlie Strong: “Our team grew up tonight.” Indeed they did.

(As usual, a great many of the fair-weather Texas fans left when the Horns were down 21 points—before they got all but Rose’s one of them back. It’s an old story that has nothing to do with fired AD Patterson. Shame on you all.)

UPDATE:  Heard broke Vince Young’s rushing 2005 showcase record (527 vs 506) and played a lot like Colt McCoy used to. Could these Longhorns run the table on the Big 12? Dreamin’ big.

Steve Patterson: Hatchet Man

My old friend Marcos the barber has the best take I’ve heard yet on why Texas athletic director Steve Patterson was fired today. Marcos, a devoted Longhorns fan, figures they hired Patterson to impose a long list of changes, take the heat for all of it and then be fired for it, making the university look innocent. With a bonus, in addition to his guaranteed $1.4 million  a year through 2019.

Among other things, Patterson cleared the basketball and football decks of white head coaches and hired black head coaches for what are, after all, mostly black teams: Shaka Smart and Charlie Strong. He also raised ticket prices at the football stadium, instituted sales there of beer and cleared some of the deadwood donors from their box seats to make room for new, richer blood. None of which changes are likely to be reversed, according to Marcos, since they are undoubtedly what the U. wanted all along.

“Arrogant, uncaring, humorless,” the daily’s Kirk Bohls describes Patterson. In other words the perfect hatchet man. If you ever read it in the local snooze media just remember you saw it here first. Courtesy of my friend Marcos.