AUSTIN — After defeating the No. 24 West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, Texas earned bowl eligibility with its sixth win.
It is a huge milestone for head coach Tom Herman and the rest of the Longhorn staff and team, as another December spent at home would have severely impeded what the first year coach wants to build during his time in Austin.
MORGANTOWN, WV — Texas entered Saturday’s game at No. 24 West Virginia winless in 2017 against ranked opponents.
Stopping WVU quarterback Will Grier was a tough task, but Texas had its own difference maker on the offensive side of the ball in junior Connor Williams, back for the first time since USC. Texas rushed for more than 230 yards behind an invigorated offensive line and held the potent Mountaineer offense in check after WVU quarterback Will Grier’s injury to earn bowl eligibility in a 28-14 win.
Quotes from Todd Orlando and Tim Beck at their Wednesday availability.
Forty-five minutes before the Texas Longhorns were set to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats, Texas announced that freshman center Mohamed Bamba would miss Tuesday’s game after suffering a concussion on Sunday. As a result, Texas head coach Shaka Smart had to insert a different freshman, Jericho Sims, into the starting lineup.
At this point, I’ve touched on the major issues Texas is facing: the coaching effort needed to fix the offense, the difficult path to six wins, and Herman’s desire to have staff continuity.
AUSTIN — Prior to Saturday’s game in Austin, the Kansas Jayhawks scored 29 points over the last four games, including getting shutout twice. They had not scored more than 25 points against the Longhorns this century, and had only scored that many away from home just once this season.
Texas head coach Shaka Smart entered this season with high expectations. Friday’s season opener against the Northwestern State Demons gave him an opportunity to see if his young, talented team could live up to those expectations.
A losing record is a big deal when it happens to a revenue sport at the University of Texas.
During Shaka Smart’s second season as head coach of the Longhorns, he led the team to an 11-22 record. It was and still is a disappointing mark considering he had a lottery pick on his team in Jarrett Allen, but the offseason has helped to mitigate much of the disappointment 2016-17 was.
Coming out of Carroll High School in Southlake, sophomore Lil’Jordan Humphrey was a player without a set position. His 6-foot-5 frame and athletic ability gave him the ability to become a great wide receiver, but since he had so many responsibilities for the Dragons on offense, his role was that of a playmaker with the ball in his hands.
Quotes from head coach Tom Herman following Thursday’s practice.