AUSTIN, Tx — In its last two home games, Texas went into halftime against ranked opponents in a close game where the second half would determine the outcome. And on both occasions, UT (3-1, 1-0) earned decisive victories, only this time it opened Big 12 play and ended a four-game skid against the TCU Horned Frogs.
Both starting quarterbacks in Saturday’s matchup between Texas and TCU are making their first career starts against their opponent. Texas’ Sam Ehlinger missed last year’s game in Fort Worth due to injury, while TCU’s Shawn Robinson was behind Kenny Hill on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean the Longhorns don’t know what Robinson is capable of doing in TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s offense.
48-10. 50-7. 31-9. 24-7.
Texas’ current losing streak to the No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs is indicative of a couple different things.
While the Texas football program thrives on talent grown within the state’s borders, it also searches outside of the promised land in order to find players willing to emigrate from their home-state to don the burnt orange and white.
exas head coach Tom Herman might just repeat that “winning is hard” until he’s doing something other than serving as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. In the short term, defeating a No. 22 USC Trojans team in Austin will be no easy task. It will be even more difficult with one of his star freshmen rushers “probably doubtful.” As a result, a heavy rushing burden will rest upon someone playing just his third game in burnt orange, graduate transfer Tre Watson.
Three rushers with more than 50 yards, two total rushing touchdowns, and 241 total yards on the ground at 5.1 yards per carry? Check. 21-of-27 passing with no interceptions for 237 yards and 8.8 yards per attempt? Check. Out-gaining the opponent, winning the turnover margin, and having the opponent miss all three of its field goal attempts? Winning the time of possession battle by nearly nine minutes? Check and check.
Texas doing all that and the result being a 28-21 win over Tulsa? Check?
As often as he can repeat it when asked, Texas head coach Tom Herman emphasizes how important ball security is in his football program.
AUSTIN — Tre Watson’s burnt orange debut was a long time coming.
After missing most of the season while at Cal in 2017 due to a knee injury, and following the removal of Sonny Dykes as Golden Bear head coach, Watson put himself on the graduate transfer market in search of a new home.
AUSTIN — After growing up in the Austin area, playing for three years at Georgetown and one year at Westlake, grad transfer OL Calvin Anderson looked forward to his homecoming.
Speaking with the media for the first time since his transfer, Anderson said Tuesday being a Longhorn all-around has been awesome.
After a loss to Maryland to open 2017, Texas head coach Tom Herman said his staff had to “figure out the why.” The what’s, according to Herman, were known. The why’s needed to change. After a loss to Maryland to open 2018, Herman said once again “it’s the coaches’ job to figure out the why.”