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Point Texas: Longhorns sweep the Cyclones on the 40 Acres

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After a near upset at the hands of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas (10-3) returned home to Gregory Gym Saturday night marking the strong program’s 24th straight win against Big 12 opponents – victorious over Iowa State (8-10) in three sets.  Although Iowa State was the last Big 12 team to beat Texas (November 2016), the Cyclones arrived on the 40 acres following three straight losses and a season plagued by injuries.   

In total control of the set and looking far less sluggish and sloppy from their play against the Horned Frogs, the Longhorns came out looking like a well-oiled machine with recently named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week Micaya White leading Texas on 4-0 stretch.  Appearing to have worked out their woes from just a few days before, an assist from sophomore setter Ashley Shook (Plainfield, Illinois) for a kill by Freshman middle blocker Brionne Butler took Texas up 11-7.  But the Cyclones weren’t ready to give away the first set, making their way to pull within two points (12-14).  Freshman outside hitter Logan Eggleston earned Texas’ 20th point of the set with a nice kill from the left but Iowa State closed the gap (19-21). After the Longhorns lost a challenge for a possible touch by the Cyclones, senior middle blocker and 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 selection Morgan Johnson (Desoto) came in for the kill – her sixth of nine swings for the set (22-19).  At second set point for Texas, they closed out (25-21).  

The second set between the teams proved to be quite different, with the Cyclones keeping the Longhorns on their toes.  With continued energy on their side, Iowa State took a quick lead over Texas 10-9.  The set was a much closer battle with the Cyclone’s hitting percentage at .393, far greater than their season average of .229, over the Longhorns’ .349.  An ace by 2018 Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year Eggleston allowed Texas to tie it up at 17.   

However, Iowa State continued to make plays and regained their lead (19-18) but that was quickly followed by a Texas five-point run that included a nice dig by 2017 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Shook and a couple of aces from freshman libero Sydney Petersen. A beautiful kill from senior outside hitter and 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 selection Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani of Los Angeles placed Texas at set point (24-20).  Two errors by Texas kept the Cyclones close and forced a Longhorn timeout (22-24).  A stuff by the junior outside hitter and 2018 Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year White delivered the set to Texas (25-22).  

The Longhorns jumped out with a 7-5 lead over the Cyclones in the third but Iowa State quickly tied it up at seven.  Making Texas earn their win, Iowa State kept themselves within two over the course of the game before tying it up at 12.  The Longhorns finally took their biggest lead in the set over the Cyclones (20-16) and another stunner kill by Eggleston took the team to set point (24-19).  Much like the night, Iowa State didn’t give up and kept Texas on the brink (24-21) forcing a Longhorn timeout.   With her 12th kill of the night, the 17-year-old Eggleston claimed match point from the right side for her Longhorn team (25-21).  

Following the weekend upset of Minnesota (5) over Nebraska (3), fans await the release of a new AVCA Coaches Poll to see how it impacts Texas – a team that has had the toughest schedule in the country this season.  The Longhorns face the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Austin at 1PM – Saturday, October

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Texas Basketball Tied for 4th in Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll

Kansas Jayhawks take the top spot

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The Big 12 Conference released its preseason coaches team rankings for the upcoming basketball season on Friday. The Longhorns find themselves tied for 4th, with the TCU Horned Frogs, in the field of ten teams.  The Kansas Jayhawks top the poll for the eighth consecutive season, collecting all first-place votes and finishing with 81 total points.  Kansas State and West Virginia round out the top 3, with 72 and 61 points respectively.

The Big 12 will hold its preseason media day on Wednesday, October 24 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, site of the 2019 Conference Tournament.

The Longhorns kick off their season against Eastern  on Tuesday, November 6th against Eastern Illinois at the Frank Erwin Center.

Complete Big 12 Coaches Preseason Poll

RankSchoolPoints
1Kansas (9)81
2Kansas State72
3West Virginia61
T4Texas54
T4TCU54
6Iowa State41
7Texas Tech36
8Oklahoma21
9Baylor20
10Oklahoma State10

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Texas Football 2019 full schedule released

The Longhorns host LSU at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 7

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The Big 12 Conference released the 2019 football schedules for all ten conference schools on Thursday.  The Longhorns’ schedule includes three non-conference games, two of which are against teams from Louisiana. Notably, Texas will host the LSU Tigers on September 7th after a home season-opener against Louisiana Tech, and will complete non-conference play against former Southwest Conference opponent Rice at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Texas will host Texas Tech on Friday, November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving, to wrap up the season.

Full schedule can be found below.

2019 Texas Football Schedule

Aug. 31—Louisiana Tech
Sept. 7—LSU
Sept. 14—at Rice (NRG Stadium)
Sept. 21—Oklahoma State
Oct. 5—at West Virginia
Oct. 12—vs Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl)
Oct. 19—Kansas
Oct. 26—at TCU
Nov. 9—Kansas State
Nov. 16—at Iowa State
Nov. 23—at Baylor
Nov. 29—Texas Tech

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Seahorn’s Five Thoughts: Baylor

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Things didn’t go according to plan from the jump with Sam Ehlinger suffering a shoulder injury during the first series of the football game. Yet the Longhorns managed to gut out a win against the pesky Bears of Waco and move to 6-1 on the season. The Longhorns have now won 6 in a row and still have a chance to accomplish the goals they set out for at the start of the season. The main thing right now is for them to get healthy and nurse some bumps and bruises before heading to Stillwater to take on the Cowboys.

Here’s what I’ve got on my mind after today’s tight contest against Baylor.

  • It Wasn’t Pretty… but it was a Win

This game had a hard left turn in the first offensive series for Texas, with Ehlinger suffering a shoulder injury that would eventually rule him out for the rest of the game. This meant backup quarterback Shane Buechele was called in cold to guide the ship for the rest of the contest. Buechele hasn’t received a game snap all year long, and was thrown right into the pressure cooker. Thankfully the junior quarterback has several starts under his belt and he was able to lean on that experience to help get the Longhorns across the finish line today with a win today.

Don’t get it twisted, though. Ehlinger going out early completely changed the dynamics of this ball game and how the Texas offense typically operates. The designed quarterback runs were out the window, Ehlinger’s ability to improvise and hurt a defense with his feet was gone, and most importantly, the steady hand that has guided the Texas offense all year long was gone. Nobody really knew what to expect when Buechele was thrust into action this afternoon. He made some nice throws, led some solid drives, but he also had one interception on a ball that he overshot on a post, resulting in points for Baylor.

On the flip side of things the Texas defense had a solid day at the office, but with the offense handling some adversity, they had a tall task of slowing down a capable offense. The secondary had some forgettable moments today (particularly on third down and long), but at the end of the day they were able to hold the Baylor offense to 17 points and 328 yards of offense. When you take into account that a good chunk of that came on the final drive when the Bears started in the shadows of their own goal posts, then it’s not too bad in the grand scheme of things.

This wasn’t a style-point game like many hoped it would be and it wasn’t always pretty, but it was still a win nonetheless and you will take them however you can get them.

  • Keaontay Ingram Goes Over the Century Mark

Coming into the contest, Texas had yet to tally a 100-yard rusher, but that came to end via freshman running back Keaontay Ingram. Ingram led the Texas rushing attack to the tune of 110 yards on 19 carries (5.78 YPC) and he dazzled with some really nice runs, showing off his vision and patience in the process.

Ingram flashes remarkable traits and often seems to get positive yardage when it looks like he has no room to run. There were times where I could see penetration from the Baylor front before Ingram got to the LOS and he still managed to squeeze through the hole and pop out on the other side. Mind you, this is all transpiring after Tom Herman said that Ingram isn’t playing at 100% from the injury that caused him to miss a game earlier this year.

The future is bright for #26 in burnt orange, who looks better every week.

  • Dicker the Kicker is Mortal

Freshman kicker Cameron Dicker showed today that even after draining a game-winning kick against Oklahoma last week and making three field goals afternoon, he is in fact capable of missing. The freshman from Lake Travis started the day 3 for 3 before missing two kicks (both his shortest and longest attempts) that would have put the game out of reach for Baylor.

It may sound like I’m nitpicking here on a freshman, but when points were at a premium like they were today, you have to push one of those through and give yourself a little more wiggle room.

  • The Secondary has Some Sore Spots That Need Addressing

The Texas defense only allowed 240 yards passing today against a pretty good offense, but they were also fortunate in some cases that it wasn’t more. This is going to feel like I’m calling some guys out, but when Baylor needed a big play or was in a crucial spot they seemed to always go at whoever PJ Locke or Davante Davis was covering.

Both Davis and Locke have spilled blood for the program and have been solid citizens, but it seems obvious at times that teams are picking on them. I’ve been quietly wondering if the defensive staff would start working in some alternative options, but as the season has moved forward they’ve continued to roll with their guys.

I don’t have access to how practices play out, so I’m not sure if guys like Josh Thompson or Anthony Cook aren’t doing enough to unseat the veterans, but I know what I see on Saturdays hasn’t been great. Eventually it could get this team beat if the right opponent presents itself.

  • The Injury of Sam Ehlinger

I hate ending on a sour note, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad bit concerned about the injury that kept Ehlinger out for essentially the entire ball game. When Ehlinger emerged from the locker room, most thought he was just getting the cut on his hand addressed, but others noticed he was not really moving his shoulder as he moved around. Herman addressed the media after the game and disclosed that Ehlinger suffered an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder, and that they were hopeful that he could be throwing by the end of the week.

The silver lining is that Texas is heading into a bye week, so Texas has an extra week to get 11 healthy. If he does have to miss a game, they have an extra week to get Buechele reps and game ready for road test against a team that Texas has struggled with in recent contests.

The down side of things is that injury of this nature could take several weeks to fully heal, and with Ehlinger being as important as he is to the team, you may not want to risk further aggravating the injury. Needless to say, this is going to be something to monitor closely as the matchup gets closer.

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Game Day: #9 Texas vs. Baylor

The #9 Texas Longhorns host the Baylor Bears at 2:30 PM on Saturday at DKR

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The #9 Texas Longhorns look to continue their winning ways as they host Big 12 opponent Baylor on Saturday. Texas holds it first Top 10 ranking since 2010, and has beaten the Bears three straight, including a 38-7 win last season in Waco.

With a win today, the Longhorns become bowl eligible and remain undefeated in conference play as they head into a bye week. At the conclusion of the first quarter, the The Texas football program will celebrate the 20th anniversary of former Texas running back Ricky Williams’ Heisman trophy winning season.

The matchup between Texas and Baylor will be televised nationally on ESPN.

What:  Texas Longhorns (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) vs. Baylor Bears (4-2, 2-1 Big-12)
When:  Saturday, October 12, 2018
Time:  2:30 PM CST
Venue:  Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
Location: Austin, Texas
Television: ESPNLast Meeting: Texas defeated Baylor 38-7 (10/28/17, Waco)
All-time series record: Texas leads Baylor 77-26-4

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