Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs the ball forward during the Texas Longhorns game against Baylor on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.

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No. 23 Texas beats Baylor, stays alive for Big 12 title game berth

Bijan Robinson ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns as No. 23 Texas stayed in the hunt for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game with a come-from-behind 38-27 win over Baylor on Friday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (8-4, 6-3 Big 12) will play in the league championship game against TCU if Kansas beats Kansas State on Saturday night. Texas’ eight regular-season wins are its most since 2018, when it beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to finish 10-4.

After Robinson’s 1-yard TD run gave Texas the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter, Roschon Johnson added some insurance when he hurdled over a defender for an 11-yard score, his second rushing touchdown of the game.

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers finished 12 of 16 for 194 yards, with seven of those passes caught by Xavier Worthy for 62 yards.

Blake Shapen led the Bears (6-6, 4-5 Big 12) with 179 yards passing and two TDs. Baylor finished the regular season with three straight losses and but is nonetheless bowl-eligible.

The Bears got a safety on Texas’ opening offensive possession when Ewers was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. They added to their lead with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Shapen to Jaylen Ellis at the 6:54 mark of the first quarter.

Texas answered on Ewers’ 3-yard TD run with 3:54 to play in the quarter. The Longhorns then took a 14-9 lead before the quarter was out via Robinson’s 2-yard scoring run.

The teams traded field goals, with the Bears’ John Mayers hitting from 30 yards at the 7:54 mark of the second quarter and Texas’ Bert Auburn converting from 38 yards away two minutes later. Baylor went back to the front at 19-17 on Shapen’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Ben Sims with 40 seconds remaining in the half.

Texas drove to a Johnson 1-yard TD plunge that put the Longhorns up 24-19 with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter.

Baylor’s defense put the Bears back in front early in the fourth. Ewers fumbled as he was being sacked by Al Walcott and the loose ball was scooped by Gabe Hall, who returned it 16 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Shapen the hit Hal Presley for a two-point conversion pass to increase the lead to 27-24.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Bijan Robinson’s career game carries Texas past Kansas

Bijan Robinson rushed for a career-high 243 yards and four touchdowns as Texas rolled to 55-14 win over mistake-prone Kansas on Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 Conference game in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Longhorns (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) can still earn a spot in the league championship game if they beat Baylor on the day after Thanksgiving and get a Kansas win over Kansas State.

Texas also got 108 yards on 11 carries from Jonathon Brooks that included two TDs in the fourth quarter, one of which covered 70 yards. The Longhorns finished with 539 total yards, 427 on the ground.

Jayhawks’ quarterback Jalon Daniels returned to action after missing the past 4 1/2 games with a shoulder injury. Daniels finished 17 of 26 for 230 yards, two TDs and an interception. Kansas (6-5, 3-5), which started the season with five straight wins, went 1-4 in Daniels’ absence but is still bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.

Robinson scored twice in the opening quarter on a 1-yard TD run and then a 17-yard sprint to the end zone at the 7:50 and 5:33 mark, respectively. The Longhorns added a 28-yard field goal by Bert Auburn nearly three minutes into the second quarter to go up 17-0.

Kansas drove to the Texas 12-yard line on the ensuing possession, had a touchdown pass called back because of a penalty and then missed a 34-yard FG attempt with 7:23 to play before halftime.

The Longhorns added to their lead on Quinn Ewers’ 15-yard touchdown pass to Keilan Robinson’s with 4:56 to play in the second. After Daniels was intercepted by Texas’ Jaylan Ford at the UT 28, the Longhorns drove 60 yards in nine plays over the final 2:08 of the half to Bijan Robinson’s 1-yard TD plunge on the final play before halftime to extend the lead to 31-0.

Bijan Robinson scored his fourth TD on 42-yard run on Texas’ opening possession of the third quarter that pushed the margin to 38-0. Auburn added a 40-yard FG at 5:16 of the third.

Kansas broke through when Daniels hit Torry Locklin and Luke Grimm on TD passes of 12 and 14 yards in the fourth quarter. Texas countered with Brooks’ pair of scoring runs.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs head coach Sonny Dykes walks on the sidelines during the second half of a game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 TCU, No. 18 Texas square off in titanic Big 12 matchup

No. 4 TCU puts its undefeated season and shot at a spot in the College Football Playoff on the line when it plays dangerous but enigmatic No. 18 Texas on Saturday in a titanic Big 12 Conference dustup in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns opened as a 6 1/2-point favorite to beat TCU despite the Horned Frogs’ lofty ranking as one of the top four teams in the CFP rankings, Texas’ three losses and TCU’s recent success in the series.

TCU climbed from seventh to fourth in the CFP ranking that was released Tuesday. The Horned Frogs (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) are one of just four undefeated teams in FBS, with their latest outing producing a 34-24 victory at home over Texas Tech.

TCU trailed 17-13 heading to the fourth quarter but went to the front and then cemented the game with 21 unanswered points. Quarterback Max Duggan was 12-of-23 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Derius Davis had an 82-yard punt return for a score and caught a 23-yard pass for another TD, and Kendre Miller racked up 158 yards rushing and a touchdown in the win for TCU.

The Horned Frogs played without big-play receiver Quentin Johnston because of an ankle injury.

“The great thing about this team is they’ve got a lot of confidence,” TCU coach Sonny Dykes said. “They feel if we can get the game into the second half with a chance to win, we’re going to figure out how to do it.”

Four of TCU’s wins are against teams it lost to by at least two scores last season, including three by at least three scores. This is the first time the Horned Frogs are 9-0 since 2010 when they finished 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl.

TCU’s four victories this season over ranked opponents is second nationally, trailing only Tennessee’s five.

“I think in some ways, you know, we might have exceeded expectations up to this point — externally,” Dykes said. “I don’t know that we have internally. I don’t know that anybody (in our building) is really that surprised.”

Texas (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) bounced back from a road loss to Oklahoma State and an open week to beat then-No. 13 Kansas State 34-27 on Nov. 5. Bijan Robinson ran for 209 yards and a TD and caught two passes for 34 yards and Xavier Worthy had two TD catches in the win.

The Longhorns defeated Kansas State for the sixth straight time, snapped a five-game road losing streak and rose six spots from 24th in the initial CFP rankings. Texas led 31-10 after a dominating first half and barely held on, forcing a Kansas State fumble on a potential game-tying drive in the final minute.

“I think our guys are going to prepare really well,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I think they saw a lot of value in their preparation last week, not only in meetings but on the practice field in the recovery, and we’re going to need that again this week as we get ready to play.”

The Horned Frogs have owned Texas since they joined the Big 12 in 2012, winning seven of the 10 games with the Longhorns and four of the five that have been played in Austin.

“We haven’t beaten the Top-5 team here in DKR since 1999 so it’s a great opportunity for us to hopefully prepare well and play well,” Sarkisian said. “We are looking forward to an electric and a great intimidating environment.”

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Jason Taylor II (25) celebrates after an interception beside safety Sean Michael Flanagan (18) as Texas Longhorns offensive lineman Hayden Conner (76) walks away during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.

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No. 11 OK State rallies to beat No. 20 Texas in wild affair

Spencer Sanders threw for 391 yards and hit Bryson Green on the game-winning, 41-yard touchdown pass with 3:09 to play as 11th-ranked Oklahoma State came from behind to beat No. 20 Texas 41-34 on Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 Conference game in Stillwater, Okla.

Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) held the Longhorns to just three points after halftime in charging back from a two-touchdown deficit late in the second quarter. The Cowboys limited Texas to 172 yards in the second half.

Sanders was 34-for-57 passing with two touchdowns and an interception while also running for 43 yards. Green had five catches for 133 yards and Dominic Richardson racked up three rushing scores for Oklahoma State.

Visiting Texas committed 14 penalties for 119 yards while Oklahoma State was not assessed a penalty in the game.

The Cowboys rallied to tie the game at 34-34 on Sanders’ 10-yard TD pass to Brennan Presley with 9:54 to play. After the Longhorns’ Bert Auburn missed a 46-yard field goal with 4:57 left, Oklahoma State took charge at its own 28 and drove to the winning Sanders-to-Green TD throw.

Texas had a final chance, but Quinn Ewers was intercepted by Kendal Daniels at the Oklahoma State 11-yard line with eight seconds remaining.

Bijan Robinson ran for 140 yards on 24 carries and caught a 41-yard scoring pass for Texas (5-3, 3-2), which had a three-game win streak snapped. Ewers was just 19-for-49 passing for 319 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Oklahoma State scored first on a Tanner Brown 48-yard field goal, after which the Longhorns got a 42-yard touchdown run from Robinson. The Cowboys answered with Richardson’s 4-yard scoring run, but then Texas got an Ewers-to-Xavier Worthy 12-yard TD catch to retake the lead at 14-10 in a wild opening quarter.

Ewers threw to a wide-open Robinson for a 41-yard score to push the Texas lead to 21-10 before Richardson added his second scoring run of the game, this one from 1 yard, to bring the Cowboys within 21-17.

Auburn kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Longhorns with 8:04 to go in the second quarter. Roschon Johnson added to the Texas lead with a 52-yard touchdown run, but the Cowboys responded with a 2-yard TD rush by Richardson to bring Oklahoma State to within seven points at the break, 31-24.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs for yardage against Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Anthony Johnson, Jr.  (1) during the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Stars shine for No. 22 Texas in narrow win over Iowa State

Quinn Ewers passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns as No. 22 Texas outlasted visiting Iowa State 24-21 Saturday afternoon in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (5-2, 3-1 in Big 12) made just enough plays down the stretch and won their third straight contest despite being outgained by Iowa State 403-363 and making several big mistakes. Texas snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cyclones.

Bijan Robinson ran for 135 yards on 28 carries and had a 36-yard catch for the Longhorns.

Texas took a three-point advantage it would not relinquish after a 3-yard touchdown pass from Ewers to Xavier Worthy with 4:43 to play.

Iowa State’s Xavier Hutchinson then dropped a wide-open deep pass from Hunter Dekkers at the Texas 10-yard line with under 3 minutes remaining that would have put the Cyclones well within range for a tying field goal. Later on the drive, Dekkers fumbled while scrambling inside the Texas 30-yard line, and the Longhorns were able to run out the clock.

Dekkers passed for 329 yards and two TDs and ran for a third score for the Cyclones (3-4, 0-4 Big 12). Hutchinson caught 10 passes for 154 yards while Jaylin Noel caught both of Dekkers’ scoring tosses. Iowa State has started its Big 12 campaign 0-4 for the first time in coach Matt Campbell’s tenure.

Those four losses, three of which have been to ranked teams, were by a combined 14 points.

The Cyclones lit the board first via a 5-yard touchdown pass from Dekkers to Noel with 57 seconds left in the first quarter. Texas answered on a 15-yard scoring hookup from Ewers to Worthy with 5:48 to play in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

The Longhorns then took the lead on Ewers’ 5-yard TD pass to Jordan Whittington with 13 seconds remaining until halftime. Texas added to its advantage with a 31-yard field goal by Bert Auburn on the initial possession of the third quarter.

Iowa State responded and cut its deficit to 17-14 with the second Dekkers-to-Noel TD pass of the game, this one from 54 yards away with 4:27 to play in the third quarter. Dekkers then put the Cyclones back on top with his 11-yard scoring scramble with 10:58 remaining that set the table for the furious finish.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Lubbock, Texas, USA;  Texas Longhorns running back Roschon Johnson (2) rushes against Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive back Krishon Merriweather (1) in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium and Cody Campbell Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech wears down No. 22 Texas, wins in OT

Trey Wolff kicked a 20-yard game-winning field goal as Texas Tech outlasted and upset visiting No. 22 Texas 37-34 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in a wild Big 12 Conference opener for both teams in Lubbock, Texas.

Donovan Smith passed for 331 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another for the Red Raiders.

The Red Raiders (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) beat Texas at home for the first time since 2008 by eschewing punts and short field goals. They converted six of eight fourth-down attempts, including a fourth-and-three from midfield late in the fourth.

Wolff put the Red Raiders on top with a 45-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in regulation. But that was enough time for Texas to move 46 yards in four plays — with no timeouts — to Bert Auburn’s 48-yard FG that tied the game at 34-34 on the final play of the fourth quarter.

Texas’ Bijan Robinson fumbled on the Longhorns’ first snap of overtime, allowing Texas Tech to win with any score on its possession. The Red Raiders’ SaRodorick Thompson carried for 17 yards and Texas Tech ran three more times to set the table for Wolff’s game-winner.

Robinson rushed for 101 yards and two TDs, and quarterback Hudson Card passed for 277 yards and two TDs for Texas (2-2, 0-1).

Card passed to Keilan Robinson for a 35-yard TD just 1:24 into the opening quarter. The Red Raiders answered, with Smith ramming his way home from 4 yards on fourth down at the end of an 18-play, 75-yard drive to tie the game at 7-7.

Auburn put the Longhorns back on in the lead with a 40-yard field goal at the 1:52 mark of the first quarter. Tech responded as Smith hit Tahj Brooks for a 17-yard scoring pass with 12:06 to play in the second quarter.

A Card-to-Xavier Worthy 39-yard touchdown pass sent Texas back in front with 6:07 remaining in the second quarter. Bijan Robinson went untouched for a 7-yard TD run to push the Longhorns’ lead to 24-14 at the break.

Wolff nailed a 27-yard FG with 8:16 to play in the third quarter. Bijan Robinson then reeled off his second TD run – this one from 40 yards with 4:27 to play in the third – to add to the Longhorns’ cushion.

The Red Raiders were unbowed, driving 75 yards on a Thompson 1-yard touchdown run with 1:55 remaining in the third quarter. Smith connected with Baylor Cupp on a 19-yard TD pass to tie the game at 31-31 with 7:54 to play.

–Field Level Media

Texas Longhorns mascot HookEm stands for the national anthem before the game against Alabama at Royal Memorial Stadium on Sep. 10, 2022.

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No. 21 Texas nursing injuries against UT-San Antonio

No. 21 Texas will look to build on a close-but-no-cigar loss to top-ranked Alabama when it hosts gritty Texas-San Antonio on Saturday in the first-ever game between the programs.

If UTSA was looking for a perfect scenario to help it pull off an upset against Texas in Austin, the cards may have fallen into place for the Roadrunners.

The Longhorns (1-1) ascended into the Associated Press Top 25 after a 20-19 loss at home to the Crimson Tide on Saturday. Texas took a huge step forward against Alabama but came up short after producing just one touchdown in five trips to the red zone and surrendering a long scoring drive in the final minute that produced the deciding field goal.

“We’ve got to be careful of the rat poison telling us how good we are,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday. “Our players played really hard (against Alabama). They played tough — not only they were physically tough, but they were tough-minded in fighting through some adversity.”

Texas was forced to play three quarters of that loss without starting quarterback Quinn Ewers, who suffered a shoulder sprain. Ewers, along with backup quarterback Hudson Card (ankle), preseason All-America running back Bijan Robinson (shoulder), and cornerback D’Shawn Jamison (ankle) all were called “day-to-day” by Sarkisian on Monday.

“The beauty of it for all for these guys — it’s nothing structural, it’s not surgery driven, it’s not broken, it’s not ligament damage,” Sarkisian said. “So the point being, we’ve just got to monitor them day-to-day and we’ll see who we can get back and when we can get them back.”

Ewers is likely to miss anywhere from two-to-six weeks with his injury, which occurred after he completed 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards. Card’s ankle injury is also considered significant, despite the fact he hobbled through the second half against Alabama.

“No one likes losing their starting quarterback in the first quarter,” Sarkisian said. “Nobody likes having your backup get injured in the second quarter and then having him try to fight through. But that’s football.”

It’s possible that the Longhorns will start the UTSA game with third-stringer Charles Wright at quarterback and use plenty of the Wildcat formation with running back (and former quarterback) Roschon Johnson behind center.

UTSA (1-1), the reigning Conference USA champion, heads up I-35 for a much-anticipated battle with their big brothers on the heels of a 41-38 overtime win against Army over the weekend. Roadrunners quarterback Frank Harris passed for 359 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to De’Corian Clark in overtime.

The Roadrunners rallied from a 14-point deficit to win at West Point and have played extra football in both their games this year, losing to then-No. 24 Houston 37-35 at home in triple overtime on Sept. 3.

UTSA coach Jeff Traylor was asked Monday about his team being near two-touchdown underdogs to Texas.

“That’s it?” Traylor said. “We know we are going into a matchup with players that are gifted, but we feel like we have good players, too. We want to represent our brand, and as long as we do that, we will be fine.”

Traylor said the expectation from his fan base is for his team to compete with and even beat the Longhorns.

“When you win 12 games like we did last year, our fans think we should win every week,” he said. “The upgrade of the talent of Texas is noticeable on film. They just look bigger, thicker, faster and you can tell they are older. Defensively, Texas is much more physical. “

–Field Level Media

Sep 10, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) is attended to after getting hit while throwing a pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first half at at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texas QB Quinn Ewers out 4-6 weeks

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers will be sidelined four to six weeks with an injury sustained in Saturday’s 20-19 loss to top-ranked Alabama, ESPN reported Sunday.

An MRI confirmed he has a sternoclavicular sprain, an injury to the joint where the clavicle meets the sternum, and he is experiencing “significant pain,” per the report.

He was injured late in the first quarter when he was driven to the turf on a late hit by Alabama’s Dallas Turner after throwing the ball away out of the end zone.

Ewers remained on the ground as his non-throwing shoulder was looked at by trainers. He eventually was taken to the locker room for further evaluation.

Turner was flagged for roughing the passer.

Ewers was off to a strong start in Austin on Saturday, completing 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards in his second career start. The Texas native transferred to the Longhorns after one season at Ohio State.

Hudson Card replaced Ewers and finished 14 of 22 for 158 yards against the Crimson Tide. Card is the likely starter when Texas (1-1) hosts UTSA (1-1) next Saturday night.

Ewers’ earliest potential return would be the Oct. 8 Red River Showdown game against rival Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

–Field Level Media