2005 Big 12 Championship Game: Texas beats Colorado by 67 points

TBT: 17 years ago, the Longhorns put on a show to punch their ticket to the BCS title game.

Throwback Thursday: The year was 2005, and the No. 2 Texas Longhorns were playing in hopes of earning their second Big 12 Championship and a trip to the  BCS title game.

Despite not being ranked, the Colorado Buffaloes secured a spot in the Big 12 Championship game, where they faced off against the formidable Texas Longhorns. The game was highly anticipated, with fans and analysts alike wondering if the Buffaloes had what it takes to upset the Longhorns and claim the championship title.

Spoiler: they didn’t.

In the first half of the game between Texas and Colorado, the Longhorns outscored their opponents by 39 points, scoring 42-3 at halftime. Texas continued their impressive performance in the third quarter, adding another 28 points to their total. By the end of the third quarter, the Longhorns had scored a total of 70 points, while Colorado had still only scored three. It was a clear demonstration of Texas’ superior skills and dominance on the field.

Texas secured their second Big 12 Championship and upset the USC Trojans in the BCS National Championship game.

T’Vondre Sweat is the third-highest graded player in all of CFB this weekend

T’Vondre Sweat is among the best players in college football.

T’Vondre Sweat has caught the attention of football enthusiasts as he has been ranked as the third highest-graded player in all of college football for the upcoming Conference Championship games this weekend, according to PFF.

Sweat has emerged as the star player for the Texas Longhorns this season. According to the Pro Football Focus grading system, Sweat has earned an exceptional score of 91.6, which is the highest among all interior defensive linemen.

Byron Murphy is also among the highest-graded players, with a grade of 90.1. Murphy has been just as dominant as Sweat in stopping the run game and putting pressure on the quarterback.

The senior and future NFL star has helped Texas allow just 85 rushing yards per game, and Sweat and the defense will need to continue to shine on Saturday when the Longhorns play Ollie Gordon and the Oklahoma State Cowboys at 11 a.m. CT.

Sarkisian says Jahdae Barron deserved All-Big 12 Conference Player award

Was Jahdae Barron snubbed of a first-team award?

The conference made a significant announcement on Wednesday regarding the All-Big 12 first-team and second-team awards.

Among the list of outstanding players, Jahdae Barron, a talented defensive back for Texas, was recognized and named to the second team. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian thinks that Barron should have been on the All-Big 12 first team, though.

“I don’t quite understand why Jahdae Barron wasn’t a first-team all conference player. I don’t understand how Ryan Sanborn wasn’t an all conference punter. Those are the two that really stand out to me.”

Throughout the course of the regular season, Barron demonstrated his excellent defensive abilities by recording a total of 44 tackles, one interception, and zero touchdowns allowed while in coverage.

Barron, along with defensive back Jerrin Thompson, played an extremely vital part in this dominant Texas Longhorns defense and helped the team get to the Big 12 Championship game.

The No. 7 Texas Longhorns will play the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.

Everything Steve Sarkisian said on Thursday ahead of Big 12 Championship Game

Sark spoke to the media ahead of the biggest game of the year for Texas.

On Thursday, Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke with the media during his weekly Zoom meeting ahead of the Big 12 Championship Game.

The No. 7 Texas Longhorns will be playing in their first Big 12 Championship game since 2018, in which they lost to the Oklahoma Sooners with a chance to spoil their College Football Playoff hopes.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will attempt to play spoiler on Saturday, but Texas can bolster their College Football Playoff hopes with a 12-1 record and a chance for selection by the committee.

To contend for a CFP spot, the Longhorns must win on Saturday and receive assistance from other teams in their conference championship games.

The easiest one and most likely will be Louisville defeating Florida State, and if that happens, Texas will have a good shot at making the College Football Playoff.

But firstly and most importantly, Texas must win on Saturday. Here is everything Steve Sarkisian said to the media ahead of the championship game.

Sooners RB Tawee Walker planning to enter transfer portal

Running back Tawee Walker announces his plan to enter transfer portal.

Oklahoma’s running back room just got slightly smaller as junior running back Tawee Walker announced plans to enter the transfer portal.

The decision comes as a bit of a shock, considering Walker is the clear-cut number two back on the team. Still, it’s understandable that Walker decided to seek opportunities for more carries as Gavin Sawchuk has tightened his grip as the bell-cow back towards the end of the season and into the offseason.

This year, Walker has been a significant part of the Sooners’ running game. While his numbers aren’t gaudy, except for a one-game suspension, Walker had multiple carries in critical moments in almost every game this season. Walker and Marcus Major were the duo that got the season started, while Sawchuk and his fellow 2022 classmate Jovantae Barnes worked to get healthy.

Walker, who walked on from Palomar College, appeared in 10 games and started one. This season, he rushed for 496 yards with seven touchdowns and zero fumbles, averaging a sturdy 5.2 yards per carry. He had two multi-touchdown games—one against Arkansas State to start the season and another against Texas in the Red River Rivalry game.

As new play-caller Seth Littrell attempts to start piecing together his vision for this offense next year, he’ll have to do so without arguably Oklahoma’s most physical runner.

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Texas or Oregon: Who has the better resume?

Who do you think has the better resume between Texas and Oregon?

The recent rankings by the College Football Playoff committee have placed the Oregon Ducks ahead of the Texas Longhorns, sparking a debate among the fans of both teams.

Although Texas seems to have a more impressive resume, they are still ranked lower than Oregon. Meanwhile, Oregon has had a less challenging schedule, with their only loss coming on the road against Washington.

The College Football Playoff Committee is apparently basing its rankings on the “eye test” instead of the strength of schedule, records, and common opponents.

The decision has left many Texas fans confused and upset, as they believe that their team deserves a higher ranking. Here are the comparisons between the two teams.

Jonathon Brooks nabs All-Big 12 second team despite injury

Jonathon Brooks was a sensational piece to the Texas Longhorns backfield and deserves the award.

Despite suffering an unfortunate ACL injury, Texas running back Jonathon Brooks was recognized for his outstanding performance by being awarded a spot on the All-Big 12 second team on Wednesday. Continue reading “Jonathon Brooks nabs All-Big 12 second team despite injury”

Steve Sarkisian snubbed for Big 12 Head Coach of the Year

Mike Gundy was given the Big 12 Coach of the Year award.

The Big 12 Conference announced on Wednesday that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy won the Chuck Neinas Coach of the Year award. Continue reading “Steve Sarkisian snubbed for Big 12 Head Coach of the Year”

Ollie or Nothing: How Texas can limit the Oklahoma State offense

We look at how Texas can slow the Oklahoma State offensive attack.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3) stand as the Texas Longhorns’ (11-1) next test. On the surface, Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon is the biggest problem for the team to solve.

Gordon has had a tremendous season on the year running for 1,580 yards and 20 touchdowns on 245 carries and 6.4 yards per carry.

The Oklahoma State back certainly isn’t the best running back to wear the orange and black for the Cowboys. Former Heisman winner Barry Sanders’ numbers dwarf what Gordon has done this season. Nevertheless, Ollie is the best running back in college football and a huge reason his team is in the Big 12 title game.

Stopping Gordon might be the initial priority for most teams, but stopping everyone else might be much easier. That’s what Texas did last week against Texas Tech and lead running back Tahj Brooks. Brooks ran for 95 yards on 19 carries while his quarterback Behren Morton threw for just 88 yards on 36 attempts.

The change in defensive approach led to last week’s blowout win over Texas Tech. The Longhorns allowed dominant defensive tackles in T’Vondre Sweat and Byron Murphy to take over on the interior. Linebackers Jaylan Ford, Anthony Hill and David Gbenda cleaned up whatever made it to the second level of the defense. They played aggressive coverage and allowed Tech to get a couple nice runs but little in the way of scoring opportunities.

How does Texas dominate Oklahoma State? Perhaps the best way to beat the team is by allowing the Longhorns defensive front to take on a heavier load and eliminate easy throws for the Cowboys.

Texas hopes to secure its first Big 12 title since the team defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 14 years ago.

Big 12 announces its 2023 all-conference team

10 players from Texas’ 11-1 squad made All-Big 12 teams.

It’s a good week to be a Texas Longhorn. The team’s 11-1 season comes with plenty of accolades, and the Big 12 gave the team its due recognition leading up to the conference title game.

Several Texas players received conference honors from the Big 12. The defense and special teams possessed the most shine.

Defensive tackle T’Vondre Sweat’s breakout season culminates in a Big 12 defensive player of the year award. That might be a rarity for defensive tackles, but Sweat’s impact is unquestioned.

Fellow defensive tackle Byron Murphy received well-earned recognition in Big 12 football honors announcements. Murphy was named the Big 12 defensive lineman of the year. On offense, Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell took home Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year honors.

Let’s look at what other Longhorns received recognition in the Big 12’s first team list.