We open the new year with Under Armour notes and quotes, Texas targets finishing up the 2018 class, and new offers for 2019s. The best way to start your New Tear’s Day is in the Scoop from our Eric Nahlin and Justin Wells.
Junior Malik Jefferson has decided to enter the NFL Draft.
Or if you have a friend who is, send them my screed.
It happens. Every year. Some Texas fans find contorted, self-hating reasons for pulling for the Oklahoma Sooners. Let’s explore their thinking obvious mental disorder.
The Texas Longhorns and the Kansas Jayhawks played even for the first half Friday, with the Jayhawks entering halftime with a 37-34 lead. Longhorn freshman Mohamed Bamba and Kansas senior Devonte’ Graham each put in stellar first half performances, with Bamba scoring 16 and blocking 5 shots and Graham scoring 12 on 4-of-8 from three. Then, Kansas shot the lights out at the Erwin Center.
If the bowl game was a glimpse into next year — and with almost everyone who played significant snaps returning it can be construed as such — the win over Missouri could be telling, and I’m only partially referring to the outcome.
Details behind Herman and UT Football before and after the Texas Bowl win in the Humidor.
Our Coach Venable grades the Longhorns after UT’s 33-16 win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl. Improvements across the board equal a great offseason and expectations in 2018.
Texas secured a winning season and a double digit bowl win with defense and special teams. So those units will rightfully lead the postmortem charge. The Longhorns held Missouri to only 16 points in the Texas Bowl after the Tigers scored 45 points or more in their last six games. The Longhorn defense never wavered, even after Missouri scored an early 3rd quarter touchdown on a 79 yard bomb so decisive that their QB taunted us by struggling to put on a sports bra. In retrospect, I think he was intimating that he lacked support, which eventually proved true.
Texas was without Malik Jefferson, Holton Hill, DeShon Elliott, Connor Williams, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and Toneil Carter among others for the Texas Bowl. But they had “the punter.”
Texas is over .500 for the first time since 2013 and just won their first bowl game since 2012. There have been only four winning seasons this decade for Texas out of seven seasons total and only three bowl victories. Savor it Texas fans, but get used to the taste because I think we’re going to see a lot more wins coming out of this team moving forward.
Texas is back bowling after a two-year absence. They take on the hot Missouri Tigers, former Big 12 foes. We’ve got practice reports, injury updates, game previews, and more. It’s the IT Gameday Primer.