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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Cedric Golden: For the first time in a long time, Texas players seem to believe

Douglas Coleman was gone. In track terms, that means no one was catching him. The Texas Tech defensive back had wrested the ball away from D’Onta Foreman at the goal line and was headed the other way with a momentum-reversing touchdown against a Texas team that had won only one … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Kirk Bohls: John Bonney, Kris Boyd are pacing Texas’ defensive reversal

Halfway through the season, John Bonney admits he pretty much detested going into hostile territory. Just didn’t like it. On the road? At Manhattan? In Lubbock? Berkeley? No, no. On Twitter. The hate was too overpowering. “I had to stop,” the Texas cornerback said Monday. “People are pretty brutal. I … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas overcame several road obstacles, including some self-inflicted

When the story of Texas’ 2016 season is written, the word  “resilience” will come up a time or two. It was easy to see from the comfort of my couch that the Longhorns overcame several obstacles in Lubbock that were much more formidable than frozen tortillas hurled from the stands … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Sadly, deserving D’Onta Foreman is no Heisman shoe-in

LUBBOCK — D’Onta Foreman lost a shoe. But he got it back, 74 yards and a touchdown celebration later. Foreman lost a fumble, too. He didn’t get that back, but he more than made up for it. Sterlin Gilbert seemed to have lost his mind. The guy who calls the … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Forget the tortillas, Texas has turned things around in Lubbock

For all the hubbub in the Hub City about tortilla-tossing Texas Tech fans, something seems to have gotten lost. Texas actually plays pretty well at Jones AT&T Stadium. And the recent wins helped cool some hot seats. If Blake Gideon catches that interception against Tech in 2008, the Longhorns are … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas just needs to channel its inner Quandre, find some defensive ‘dogs’

It’s time for the animal to come out of the Texas Longhorns. Some dog, to be exact. Texas has to embrace its inner canine to make this thing pop in the last four games. If the Horns want to play in a bowl game … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Are the Longhorns road warriors … or just road weary?

ANYWHERE, Tx. — This is a dangerous place for a Texas football team. Nowhere is there a more futile exercise than when a Longhorns team shows up anywhere. Anywhere but Austin. Leave the city limits, and Texas is lost. The Longhorns’ mantra is 512-friendly. They simply cannot win on the road. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas overcame Baylor, poor play-calling — and Strong will gladly take it

And so the mysteries continue, and we’re not just talking about Sterlin Gilbert’s play-calling. Texas overcame on Saturday. A strong Baylor team. Its own mistakes. Negativity swirling around Charlie Strong and his future. For the second time this season, resilient Texas knocked off a Top 10 team at home, this … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Will Horns follow up a huge home win with a road win?

Texas is well past the moral victory stage. The Horns need real victories from here on out. They got one on Saturday. Texas 35, Baylor 34. They’re 4-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play, which is much better than they were at the start of business Saturday. Head … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Baylor’s not looking past wounded Texas — for good reason

The Texas Longhorns will answer the bell on Saturday. OK, maybe they won’t. But it sure felt good to say it. It seems much too early for Oct. 29, 2016 to be Charlie Strong’s last stand at Texas, but if the Longhorns bring their no-go road show home to Royal-Memorial … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Big 12’s long-term stability will remain an ongoing issue

The Big 12 Conference still has some important issues to hash out in the coming weeks. The league is close to finalizing a five-year deal with a host site for its new championship game. That doesn’t seem too difficult. Anchor the event at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and be done … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: It’s time for Texas’ receivers, defensive backs to separate

Texas approaches this week’s Baylor game with a laundry list of problems to fix, chief among them Charlie Strong’s secondary and receiving corps. Frat boys don’t have this much dirty laundry. Depth at those positions isn’t the issue. Production is. In fact, it’s entirely possible that Strong has too much depth there. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Is Texas-Baylor a rivalry? H-E-B and hot rhetoric both say yes

Texas doesn’t really see eye to eye with Baylor on a number of things. That includes morality code and recruiting and Art Briles, to name a few. That difference of opinion was best espoused not all that long ago by former Longhorns trash-collector Steve Edmond, if you will. Edmond debunked … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas is not sound, but was beaten soundly

MANHATTAN, Kan. — On the heels of an inspired win at home over Big 12 basement dweller Iowa State, Texas faithful came into this road game looking for a well-coached, well-prepared team and found one. Wearing purple. Bill Snyder’s bunch, as usual, played its customary disciplined, focused football. At least … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: It’s time for Texas to change the Kansas State narrative

Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium has the welcoming feel of a firing squad when it comes to the Texas Longhorns. Kansas State always has seemed to have the answers against Texas at home, even when Texas held a sizable advantage in talent and playmaking. The Horns have played in Manhattan … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Want to live dangerously? Try playing corner in the Big 12

The overwhelming majority of people reading this sentence have never lined up against a receiver with 4.4 speed, backpedaled out of their stance, flipped their hips and run downfield step for step to knock the ball away and prevent a touchdown. Try that in front of 100,000 screaming fans, with … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If the Big 12 had no dysfunction, it wouldn’t function at all

GRAPEVINE — So, the Big 12 is fine as is. Little did we know it’s all good. Sorry about all that fuss, Houston. Our bad, Cincinnati. Uh, next time, BYU. And if I’m one of the 11 remaining viable candidates for Big 12 expansion who turned out to be not all … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Big 12 Expansion: Fateful decisions for Texas, OU and Hateful Eight

Expansion for the Big 12 is dead. Or so it seems. Some might say the same for the Big 12; that its demise will be linked to its instability and indecision and lack of out-of-the-box thinking. All of that will come to a head Monday when the Big 12’s presidents … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: This Texas win looked good — from the stands or anywhere else

It had been a minute since I’d sat in the stands at Royal-Memorial Stadium for a Texas football game as this typist did on Saturday night. I’ve practically grown up in that stadium, ushering patrons to their seats as a Boy Scout for first quarters, then scattering to … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas defense takes a much-needed step forward in win

They got stops when it mattered. When’s the last time you heard that about a Texas defense? It’s been a minute. OK, longer. And please don’t give me that Iowa-State-isn’t-that-good talk. Sure, the Cyclones came in at 1-5 and are one of the worst Big 12 programs year in and … Read More