Author Archives: Joe Cook

Segment-by-segment: Gonzaga 76, Texas 71

Andrew Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

In my notes, I like splitting the game up by TV timeout sections (20:00 to U16, U16 to U12, etc.). This allows me to make more divisions in the game than simply first half, second half.

It’s a subjective system (I determine who wins the section and how many points are awarded), but I think it is a good way to measure control of a game for certain sections. The team who wins more divided segments should get the win.

Smart, Longhorns facing fresh challenges heading into Butler, PK80

Andrew Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

After three comfortable games to get their legs under them, Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorn basketball team will travel this week to Portland, Ore. to participate in the PK80 tournament with 15 other Nike sponsored schools. The trip marks several firsts for the Longhorns as the team will travel for the first time in the regular season, and it also marks their first real test against good competition.

Longhorns face one more test before bowl season

Reggie Hemphill-Mapps (Will Gallagher/IT)

For Texas head coach Tom Herman, reaching bowl eligibility carries a lot of importance. It allows him to sell a program that is trending upward in the wins column, it allows him extra practices to develop players in his system and culture, and it allows his team a chance to possibly earn eight wins.

Herman, players reach important goal with 6th win

Reggie Hemphill-Mapps with the Hook'Em. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

Bowl Bound Texas Beats WVU, 28-14

Malik Jefferson. (Gallagher/IT)

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.