Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman was feeling understandably confident after his team took a 56-41 lead over Texas with just over three minutes remaining on Saturday. Unfortunately, the way he expressed that confidence wound up making him look bad.
Bowman flashed the “Horns Down” hand gesture after Texas Tech scored what looked like the game-sealing touchdown. The Longhorns then proceeded to score a touchdown, recover an onside kick, score another touchdown and add a 2-point conversion. Texas won in the first overtime.
Bowman definitely thought the lead was safe at the time he went “Horns Down,” and who wouldn’t have? The comeback was one of the greatest we’ve ever seen in college football.
Between making Bowman eat his “Horns Down” symbol and the shot they took at Oklahoma, the Longhorns must have been riding pretty high after their improbable victory.
The Texas Longhorns have many reasons to be proud on Saturday.
Texas came back to beat Texas Tech in overtime 63-56 in a stunning comeback. The Longhorns were down 56-41 with 3:13 left. They scored a touchdown, recovered an onside kick, then scored again and added a 2-point conversion to tie the game. They won in the first overtime with a touchdown and stop.
Conversely, their rival, Oklahoma, blew a 21-point lead and lost at home to Kansas State 38-35. Texas director of recruiting Bryant Carrington took the occasion to celebrate his team’s victory and OU’s defeat.
Carrington’s job is to pump up his program and to win recruiting battles against Oklahoma. A tweet like that can help him accomplish his goal. But that doesn’t happen first without a big Texas comeback win.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger got his Heisman Trophy campaign off to a roaring start on Saturday, but the senior was not all that satisfied with the monster performance.
Ehlinger had 429 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Longhorns’ 59-3 win over UTEP. All of that production came in the first half. The yardage and touchdowns were a career high for him and record for a Texas quarterback in a single half. Despite that, Ehlinger said after the game that he was “disappointed” in the way he played.
If Ehlinger isn’t satisfied with needing just 30 minutes to set career highs, we can only imagine what he expects of himself this season.
Ehlinger has plenty of experience and appears poised to have a huge year. There was some talk about him potentially declaring for the NFL Draft after last year, but he can only boost his stock if he continues to play like he did on Saturday.
Texas had a disappointing 8-5 season last year, and Ehlinger ended up eating his words after making a bold proclamation the year before. He’s clearly holding himself to an incredibly high standard, which is good news for the Longhorns.
Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell is apparently unhappy with the way the university is handling itself in the wake of the social injustice protests that have erupted across the country.
On Wednesday, Mitchell issued a statement on social media indicating he will transfer from Texas. He did not specifically say they he was upset with the team or school, but Mitchell wrote, “The only thing on your mind should be EQUALITY.”
Here’s the full statement:
“We put our blood, sweat, and tears in everyday so the city of Austin can enjoy their Saturdays. For ONCE, we decide to voice our opinions about things that can help better the community. It seems they only got our front but not our backs. People want to create change, don’t care how much money can be lost, don’t care about who hates them, or any bad outcomes that may happen. The only thing on your mind should be EQUALITY. When I look in that mirror in the morning I want to tell myself I did the RIGHT thing. That should be (everyone’s mindset). It’s not about blacks vs. whites or cops (vs.) blacks. IT’S ABOUT DOING WHAT’S RIGHT.
“With that being said, I do not feel comfortable representing the University of Texas.”
Mitchell joined Texas last year from a junior college. He made a significant impact in his sophomore season, recording 37 total tackles, three sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. He entered the transfer portal earlier this offseason but took his name out less than a week later.
Other Texas players offered their support for Mitchell’s statement:
The Longhorns players are not the only student athletes to express frustration with their programs, as Oklahoma State star Chuba Hubbard threatened to sit out earlier this week over a shirt head coach Mike Gundy had worn.
Texas and Texas A&M used to have one of the best rivalries in college football, but the two teams have not squared off in nearly a decade since the Aggies moved to the SEC. Many fans want to see the rivalry renewed, but Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte seems like he is just fine without it.
Del Conte was asked about renewing rivalries with Texas A&M and Arkansas during a virtual chat with Horns247 on Tuesday, and the juicy part of his response seemed like a clear shot at the Aggies.
Texas A&M has not won a national championship since 1939, while Texas last won one in 2005. Many interpreted Del Conte’s remark as him hinting that the Longhorns have no interest in renewing a rivalry with an irrelevant program, but the AD then said he believes “the game should be played.”
It’s hard to view the initial remark as anything other than a swipe at Texas A&M, so perhaps Del Conte quickly realized how it would be received. Texas administrators are probably much more concerned about their biggest rival than they are about facing Texas A&M again.
The Texas Longhorns continue to make numerous changes to their coaching staff.
Tom Herman’s squad disappointed with an 8-5 record this season, leading to big changes. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was let go, while offensive coordinator Tim Beck was demoted and replaced by Mike Yurcich. Former Rutgers head coach Chris Ash is the new defensive coordinator and is making some changes.
Ash is bringing in his Rutgers cornerbacks coach Jay Valai to Texas’ staff and not retaining Jason Washington. The news was first reported by OrangeBloods’ Anwar Richardson.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported the same.
Ash conducted interviews with the incumbent defensive coaches on staff during the week and made changes he found appropriate, including also letting safeties coach Craig Naivar go.
Washington had been part of Tom Herman’s coaching staff the last five seasons, going back to their time together at Houston before Texas.
The Camping World Bowl isn’t normally one of the marquee games on the late December bowl schedule, but they may be trying to set up a very intriguing matchup in 2019.
According to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman, Camping World Bowl officials are pushing to set up a matchup between Texas and Notre Dame in Orlando on Dec. 28.
The game typically matches up foes from the Big 12 and ACC, but with no New Year’s Six bowl in store for Notre Dame, they’re likely to land here. Texas as the Big 12 foe would make for a scintillating matchup between two prestigious schools, albeit on the back of two disappointing seasons that have led to significant changes in Austin. It would certainly be a game worth watching.
The Texas Longhorns are looking for new coordinators as Tom Herman overhauls his coaching staff, and they have made progress in their search.
Texas interviewed both Graham Harrell and Chris Ash for coordinator positions during the week, according to OrangeBloods’ Anwar Richardson.
Richardson said on Friday that neither coach had received an offer at that point.
Ash, who was fired as Rutgers’ head coach in September, was reportedly in Austin to interview on Thursday. The 45-year-old went 8-32 in three-plus seasons at Rutgers. He was on Ohio State’s staff with Herman from 2014-2015 and is interviewing for the defensive coordinator spot.
Harrell is the coach in greater demand. He helped coordinate USC’s successful offense this season. The team’s offense did well despite going with three different quarterbacks at times, including true freshman Kedon Slovis, who excelled. USC reportedly has made Harrell a contract offer to retain him, but the allure of returning to his home state of Texas may sway Harrell.
Texas is making major changes after a disappointing 7-5 season.
Expectations are high at Texas, and the Longhorns’ 2019 season is almost certainly going to be viewed as a major step back after a 10-win season in 2018. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger, however, is trying to put Texas’ 7-5 campaign in perspective.
Ehlinger said after the Longhorns’ 49-24 win over Texas Tech that he believes Texas fans would have been very happy with a potential eight-win season if you asked them after the team went 5-7 in 2016.
This probably isn’t going to cut it as an explanation. Expectations were high after the team won 10 games in 2018, and Big 12 contention was the minimum expectation. The school’s athletic director openly said as much. Those expectations were not met, as the team lost to the likes of TCU and Iowa State, neither of which was ranked at the time of the game. Ehlinger is trying to make things look good here, but Longhorns fans expect better than 7-5, especially after the way 2018 went.
Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte expressed disappointment with the way the Longhorns’ football season has gone this year.
Texas throttled Texas Tech 49-24 on Friday to finish the regular season 7-5. After going 10-4 last season and beating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, there was optimism about Texas being “back” and ready to return to elite status. Instead, they returned to mediocre form.
Del Conte said Friday that they are “disappointed” because they were expecting more.
Del Conte’s statement seems to second the notion that Tom Herman will soon make changes to his coaching staff.
Texas’ 5-2 start to the season may not have been what they wanted, but it was understandable considering LSU and Oklahoma are two of the best teams in the country. However, the ensuing defeats to TCU, Iowa State and Baylor are where Herman really lost it. Those are not games they should have lost this season, which explains the disappointment.