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One day in September: Texas 56, San Jose State 0

Goose was comfortably settled in his chair, and all was right with the world. Well, almost all. From his low-riding, burnt-orange perch along Robert Dedman Drive — just a Michael Dickson punt away to the southeast of Royal-Memorial Stadium, Goose was in his happy place. Kickoff for Texas’ game with … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Sooners on the rise on AP ballot

We’re just two weeks into the college football season, and already my Associated Press Top 25 ballot has undergone a big shakeup. By virtue of its domination of Ohio State on the road, Oklahoma climbed four spots in my rankings to a strong No. 2 position behind — you know … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Belief, conviction and … fairy dust? Tom Herman saw it all against San Jose State

What was that falling from the skies above Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon? At first it was hard to make out from our spot in the South end zone. A guess came to mind as a smiling Tom Herman walked off the field with his family to cheers. Don’t quote … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas now has quarterbacks galore — but who’s gonna start against Southern Cal?

The Sam Ehlinger Era began Saturday. Who knows how long it will last. It might even be a one-week era for the Westlake freshman — which is pretty short as eras go — if Shane Buechele returns from his bruised shoulder to resume his starting position next Saturday at Southern … Read More

Bevo Beat

A fresh start: Defense, Sam Ehlinger pace Texas’ 56-0 win over San Jose State

It’s over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, a 24-point favorite today, has beaten San Jose State 56-0. You could almost hear the collective “Whew” from the Longhorns fan base that saw (a) Texas win, (b) Texas win in convincing fashion, (c) a freshman quarterback win his debut game and (d) a defensive … Read More

REPLAY: Texas beats San Jose State 56-0

After a rough season-opener against Maryland last week, Texas (0-1) and first-year coach Tom Herman look to rebound against San Jose State (1-1) today at 2:30 p.m. at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. FOLLOW THE GAME LIVE The Spartans lost 42-22 against former Texas … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Urban Meyer is piling on, but Tom Herman ‘ain’t changing’ his methods

Thursday morning started with some eye-opening comments out of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes boss came after Texas coach Tom Herman for Herman’s post-game comments after Saturday’s opening loss to Maryland. Herman said that after nine months if anyone thought he could “sprinkle some … Read More

Bohls: If Longhorns and Aggies restart the rivalry at least ‘someone has to win’

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On who had a worse weekend – Texas or Texas A&M? Whose fan base feels lower than a cricket’s undergarments right now, the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Proper hydration levels and great body language will get Texas only so far

Tom Herman struck the right tone for the most part on Monday. But he chose the wrong words. Two days after his team’s wickedly poor performance against Maryland, the first-year, first-game Texas head coach wasn’t surly. He wasn’t defensive. He wasn’t panicky. Of course, he wasn’t overly apologetic either and … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shane Buechele is serviceable, but needs lots of help to make a difference

Shane Buechele can do some things on a football field, but he should be not miscast as a Vince Young or Colt McCoy. He’s not a program savior and he shouldn’t be viewed that way. It’s unfair to heap unrealistic expectations upon the sophomore’s shoulders. Call him what he is: … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas remains bad in 2017 just like 2016, but hey, how ’bout those lockers?

Nothing’s changed. Oh, the Longhorns locker rooms have. They’re much snazzier. Did you know they have these neat fans that cool off their shoulder pads? The video board at Royal-Memorial Stadium is much improved. So much clarity. The sound system? It’s to kill for. Even the name on the door … Read More

FOLLOW THE GAME LIVE: Texas opens 2017 season against Maryland

First-year Texas coach Tom Herman makes his debut as the Longhorns host the Big Ten’s University of Maryland at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday in Austin. Follow the game here.  Will the No. 23-ranked Longhorns start the season with a win like they did in … Read More

Kevin Lyttle

American-Statesman Staff

Bucking the Line: Our best bets are back this season

If you’ve been around Austin long enough, you might recall a popular American-Statesman feature called Bucking The Line. It was a weekly column I wrote from the mid-1980s to the early 90s, offering college football picks against the point spread. Most seasons, the selections were quite good. The mail and … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Longhorns grapple with the realities of Harvey disaster, season opener

Texas officials have been quietly conducting business as normal this week in preparation for the start of another football season. But let’s be honest, this week has been anything but normal. “Opening game is almost here,” Texas men’s athletic director Mike Perrin tweeted on Monday. “Our facilities and game operations … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: My bold predictions for Texas? A turnaround 9-3 season (and a bowl game, too)

Saturday’s game represents the dawn of a new era for Texas. A much-needed, long-overdue era since the Longhorns haven’t won a bowl game since the 2012 Alamo Bowl. Consider that of the other nine Big 12 teams, seven of them have 12 bowl victories since Texas’ last, when the Horns … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Play hard, practice hard, but don’t talk about it — that’s the Poona Ford Way

Poona Ford almost didn’t make it here. Back in South Carolina, two years into high school, he was ready to trade in his football threads for a different type of uniform. “I would have gone to the Marines,” Ford said. It made sense. Ford served in the ROTC at Hilton … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas in the SEC? Shoulda, coulda but doubtful anytime soon

Texas blew it. The Longhorns had the SEC in the palm of their hands. Or an invite, anyway. And said no. At a time in the Big 12’s checkered 21-year history when three new head football coaches will be patrolling the sidelines this fall, Bob Stoops no longer works here … Read More

Tom Herman’s Maryland press conference: His words, our words

Tom Herman held his first game-week Monday press conference as Texas coach yesterday, a 30-minute back-and-forth on a variety of topics, from Hurricane Harvey to UT’s depth chart to this week’s season opener with Maryland. This is an annotated transcript of Herman’s press conference — every question, every full answer … Read More

Daily Longhorn football history: The 2010 season

For Texas fans, 2010 will always be remembered as the year things started heading south after the glorious successes of the past decade. It’s easy to forget that there was still plenty of optimism surrounding the program at start of the season. Out of the heartbreak of the national championship … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas has Top 25 talent, but Top 25 depth? That’s another story

My question was simple enough. Does Tom Herman think he has Top 25 talent on this Texas football team? Following a short pause, the first-year head coach said, “I think our starting 22 could play with anybody in the country. Would we win every game? I didn’t say that. We … Read More