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#pounditTuesday, January 18, 2022

Articles tagged: Texas Longhorns Football

Oklahoma State not allowed to use controversial tactic on field goals anymore

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Oklahoma State pulled off a controversial move on a Texas field goal attempt during Saturday’s game between the teams in Stillwater, Okla. According to Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman, the Cowboys won’t be able to employ the move again.

The Longhorns’ Cameron Dicker made a 40-yard field goal just before halftime to make it 24-20 Oklahoma State. During the kick, Oklahoma State put up yellow lines on their video board behind the goal posts to mimic the look of the goal posts. The intent was obvious: they wanted to confuse Dicker.

Herman told the media during his conference call on Tuesday that he talked with Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby about the tactic. Herman said it “has been addressed.”

Perhaps as karma, Texas was able to win the game 41-34 in overtime. The Longhorns still are hurting in recruiting though.

Recruit Billy Bowman Jr. slights Texas after flipping commitment to Oklahoma

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The Texas Longhorns have suffered yet again in recruiting, and the player they lost chose their rival.

Billy Bowman Jr., a two-way player from Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, announced last month he was decommitting from Texas. Bowman instead announced on Sunday that he has committed to Oklahoma.

Bowman talked with the Denton Record-Chronicle about his decision to pick Oklahoma. He seemed to slight Texas while praising the Sooners.

“I feel like Oklahoma checked every single one of my bullet points,” Bowman told the Record-Chronicle. “One of them was being able to play on one of the biggest stages in college football. I also wanted to be closer to home, be around coaches who know what they are doing, and be around a championship program.”

Saying that he wanted to be around coaches who know what they are doing and around a championship program is praise of Oklahoma. Those are compliments to what Lincoln Riley’s staff is doing and the way the Sooners have played. But it also can be interpreted as slights towards Texas, as if maybe Bowman did not feel those coaches were good enough or that the program was championship-caliber.

After Bowman’s decommitment, the Longhorns have also lost a top 5-star quarterback and a wide receiver recruit.

Video: Texas goes wild celebrating in locker room after overtime win

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The Texas Longhorns went wild celebrating their overtime victory at Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

The Longhorns were up 34-31 but Oklahoma State kicked a field goal in the final minute to tie the game. Despite the letdown, Texas did not blow it and instead pulled out the win.

Texas went up 41-34 after a touchdown pass by Sam Ehlinger in overtime. Then they stopped Oklahoma State with a sack on fourth down to end the game.

They were thrilled to get the win at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. and celebrated in the locker room.

Texas had a rough stretch where they lost two in a row and were 2-2. Things were tough during the week too when they lost a huge recruit.

But nothing cures problems more than winning, and this video seems to be proof of that.

WR Phaizon Wilson decommits from Texas day after Quinn Ewers’ decision

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Quinn Ewers’ decommitment from the Texas Longhorns is already having a ripple effect.

2022 wide receiver recruit Phaizon Wilson tweeted that he had some thinking to do after Ewers announced his decommitment. Wilson didn’t take long to make a decision.

Wilson announced on Thursday that he too was decommitting from the program. He announced it in a note lacking punctuation that is quite possibly the longest run-on sentence in history.

Wilson is rated a four-star prospect by 247 Sports. He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, and he plays for Lancaster High School in Texas.

Wilson and Ewers were two of the three recruits in Texas’ 2022 class that now only has one remaining player committed to the school.

Top QB recruit Quinn Ewers decommits from Texas

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The Texas Longhorns lost a major recruit.

Quarterback prospect Quinn Ewers announced on Twitter Wednesday that he was decommitting from Texas.

Ewers said he did not fully consider his options before committing to Texas and that his mind has since changed.

Ewers also said in his statement that he will have news on his new choice soon.

Ewers is a 5-star quarterback and the No. 1 player in the 2022 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports. The pro-style quarterback is being recruited by Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson, among other schools. 247 Sports listed Ohio State as getting “warm” for Ewers.

Ewers plays for Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas and was a huge recruit for Tom Herman’s program. He committed to them in August, but the Longhorns’ 3-2 start may not have impressed Ewers enough.

Ex-Texas WR is done hearing about ‘The Eyes of Texas’

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Former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Quan Cosby has had enough of “The Eyes of Texas” issue.

“The Eyes of Texas” is a school song that is often sung at football events and part of tradition for the University of Texas. However, the song has been under scrutiny this year since a group of Longhorns players sought its elimination as part of a list of social justice demands.

The school elected to keep the song, but there was some controversy when players left the field prior to the song’s playing after their first two home games this year. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte later said he expected players to stand for the song in unison.

After the team’s 27-16 win over Baylor on Saturday, the players stayed for the song.

Cosby tweeted that he had heard enough about the issue and hoped it was over.

Cosby played from 2005-2008 and caught 19 touchdowns during his career.

Perhaps Cosby just wants all Texas fans and players to be able to unite over what they have in common: a love of Texas football and desire to see the program win.

Ex-Texas S DeShon Elliott throws shade at Tom Herman

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Former Texas Longhorns safety DeShon Elliott threw some shade at Tom Herman during the team’s loss against Oklahoma on Saturday.

The Longhorns lost 53-45 to Oklahoma in four overtimes at the Cotton Bowl in Texas. During the game, many Longhorns fans were frustrated, especially when the team was down 31-17 before making a comeback.

Elliott, who played at Texas from 2015-2017, expressed his dissatisfaction while following the game.

Elliott played two seasons under former Texas coach Charlie Strong. His final season before he turned pro was under Herman in 2017.

Herman is in his fourth season at Texas and has the team 2-2 this year. He’s had one good season (10-4 and a Sugar Bowl win in 2018), and two mediocre seasons. The results during his tenure have not been satisfactory for Texas’ expectations, but there is little doubt that he has had more success than Strong.

Strong was 16-21 over three seasons and never had a winning year. Herman has gone 27-17 so far. Herman’s record isn’t good enough, but that doesn’t change that Strong was not a good coach who deserved to be fired, contrary to whatever point Elliott was trying to make.

Regardless, Elliott isn’t alone in his frustration with the program.

Texas fan goes viral for flashing middle finger after loss to Oklahoma

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Texas had a heartbreaking loss in four overtimes against Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game on Saturday, and some Longhorns fans did not take the defeat well at all.

One Texas fan was shown on TV after the 53-45 defeat, and she flipped the bird.

Who was she giving the middle finger to? Did she know she was on TV? She probably was just really frustrated that her team lost.

The game was among the most memorable in the Red River Rivalry. There were blocked field goals, missed field goals, a 31-17 comeback by Texas, and the game went to four OTs! And there was also plenty of taunting.

The fan’s middle finger is just another reminder that college football is back!

Baker Mayfield shares ‘Horns Down’ message ahead of Texas-Oklahoma

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It has been nearly three years since Baker Mayfield last played a game at Oklahoma, but the star quarterback wants to make it clear that he still has no love for the Sooners’ most hated rival.

With Oklahoma and Texas set to meet on Saturday in the annual “Red River Showdown,” Mayfield took to Instagram to share a photo of himself in his Cleveland Browns uniform flashing the “Horns Down” hand gesture.

“Orange on me but it ain’t burnt… horns down forever. You know what week it is,” Mayfield wrote.

Mayfield loved playing the role of villain at Oklahoma, so it’s no surprise he is sticking with it. He taunted a Texas signee a couple years back and even taught a bunch of kids to flash the “Horns Down” symbol at his football camp.

We know how Mayfield feels about the rule that bans players from flashing the “Horns Down,” so this is just another way he can keep the tradition alive.

Video: Texas fumbles potential go-ahead touchdown at goal line

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The Texas Longhorns may have fumbled away a win and their unbeaten record at home against TCU on Saturday.

The Longhorns found themselves down 33-29 with less than three minutes to go in Saturday’s game, but were well positioned with first-and-goal at the Horned Frogs’ 1-yard line. However, Keaontay Ingram fumbled the ball, and TCU was able to recover.

To make matters worse, Texas didn’t even get the ball back. TCU was able to run out the final 2:32 to win the game and spring the upset.

The only good news is Ingram’s fumble was less embarrassing than some others we’ve seen in the sport. Still, that one will haunt him. It might go on to haunt the Longhorns, too.