In a season with nine wins, there are moments from each match up that make the largest impact game to game. It could be a score, it could be a stop, or it could be one simple thing to set up another play late in the game.
AUSTIN — Texas has three games in the Erwin Center remaining before Big 12 play begins against Kansas State on January 2nd of the new year.
As Matt Coleman’s potential game-winning three-point shot bounced off the iron, it was the culmination of a stretch where the Longhorns turned the ball over eight times over the last eight minutes, including four times in the final four.
In close games with championships on the line, a single slip-up can change the fortunes of a game. When No. 5 Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb fumbled a handful of yards from the end zone and Brandon Jones recovered the loose bal, it look like OU committed that particular mishap.
As a high school prospect, Jase Febres was known for his quick-release shooting stroke. His ability to make shots at a regular rate was expected to be an important part of an offense last year that drew a lot of attention inside to lottery pick Mohamed Bamba.
During one of the Longhorns’ early offseason workouts, strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight paused to speak to the team. He pointed to the southeast portion of the stadium, where Texas displays its three Big 12 Championships.
“Take a look at where it’s at,” freshman Caden Sterns said Tuesday of the message from McKnight. “He said we need to put more up there.”
LAWRENCE — With a spot in the Big 12 Championship on the line, all the Texas Longhorns had to do was get past Kansas. 3-8 Kansas. 1-7 in conference play Kansas. Lame duck coach Kansas.
On November 19 two years ago, the Texas Longhorns football program became the butt of a joke. They lost to a team that hadn’t won a FBS game under its head coach and did it in ugly fashion. That joke led to the hiring of Tom Herman as head coach of the Longhorns.
Texas knew what opportunity was ahead of it before its top 25 game with Iowa State. If any Longhorn didn’t, it was unavoidable in pregame when the video board showed Oklahoma State topping West Virginia.
Only a handful of seniors were available on Tuesday to the local Austin media. Prior to their last home game as Longhorns, Inside Texas asked them what one of their favorite moments, or clip to lead off a highlight reel would be.