Author Archives: Joe Cook

Hopes for conference title contention rest on senior night showdown

Breckyn Hager, Charles Omenihu (Will Gallagher/IT)

In his tenure at Texas, head coach Tom Herman has consistently stated the goal for his program is to be in contention for the Big 12 Championship in the months of November and December. It was a mantra he repeated after the season-opening loss to Maryland and at several other points throughout the year. In order to remain in contention for the conference crown, Texas must defeat visiting Iowa State this Saturday.

Searching for an explanation behind air raid struggles

Todd Orlando (Will Gallagher/IT)

Head coaches and coordinators that run various iterations of the air raid offense make up a significant chunk of offensive coaching staffs in the Big 12. Texas has faced four of the five main air raid offenses in 2018, with Saturday’s game against Texas Tech the final challenge for Texas against the pass-happy offense Mike Leach brought to the Big 12.

WVU runs over Texas in one-point thriller, 42-41

Caden Sterns (Will Gallagher/IT)

West Virginia QB Will Grier’s perfect 33-yard touchdown pass to Gary Jennings Jr. with 0:16 left gave Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen the chance to go for two and the win. After several timeouts by both teams, Grier took the snap and ran to the end zone untouched to put WVU ahead by one to seal the 42-41 road victory for the No. 12 Mountaineers over the No. 15 Longhorns.

System supersedes personnel in Herman’s QB preparation

Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele (Will Gallagher/IT)

With any football team, any uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position becomes one of the oft-discussed storylines. There’s uncertainty for both Texas and Oklahoma State as to who will take those first snaps under center, but for Texas head coach Tom Herman, that uncertainty does little to change how he prepares.