Sunday was an important day for the Texas Longhorns.
Not only did the Texas men’s basketball team roll over the Texas A&M Aggies in their first meeting since 2015, we also learned of the Longhorns’ bowl destination in the postseason – the renowned Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The 7-5 Longhorns will face off against the No. 12 Utah Utes (11-2), a top-five team prior to the PAC-12 Conference championship game over the weekend, in which Oregon upset Utah. The last (and only) time the Longhorns and Utes met on the gridiron was in 1982, when Texas bested Utah 21-12. The Utes will enter the New Year’s Eve game as 6.5-point favorites over the Longhorns.
For Texas fans, players and coaching staff alike, an upset win over Utah would be an opportunity to shine up a mediocre 2019 campaign. Texas head coach Tom Herman is 3-0 in bowl games during his time in Texas, including an upset win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl last season. Meanwhile, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is 11-2 in postseason play.
It’s now or never for the Longhorns. At least until 2020.
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND
- Speaking of upsets, Texas women’s basketball beat the No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers 66-60 on Sunday. Senior point guard Sug Sutton, who’s been dealing with a foot injury dating back to the offseason, is seemingly back on her game as she scored a season-high 19 points. The same could be said for senior point guard Lashann Higgs, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury last year. On Sunday, Higgs went home with 14 points on the day. The Longhorns are now 5-4 on the season.
- Former Longhorn and Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs had himself a day on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. After second-year Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin forced Rams quarterback Jared Goff to make a clumsy throw, Diggs jumped over the middle for the pick and took it 55 yards to the house. See for yourself:
- Texas men’s basketball’s 60-50 win over Texas A&M represented the 224th meeting between the two programs. The Aggies led only once throughout Sunday afternoon’s matchup, in which they held a 1-point difference in their favor for just 21 seconds in the first half. Texas junior guard Jase Febres was the hero on the day as he scored 17 points. With the win over their longtime rival, the Longhorns improve to 8-1 on the season.