In the words of Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham, his team’s loss to the Texas Longhorns in the Valero Alamo Bowl “was a very disappointing end to a very good season,” the Deseret News reports. But for the Texas program and fans alike, it was a silver lining for 2020.
Yes, the Longhorns rolled over the Utes by a score of 38-10. Yes, the Longhorns scored four touchdowns in the final 30 minutes of Tuesday evening’s showdown. And yes, the win boosted what had been an underperforming regular season record to a final 8-5 standing.
Now, it’s time to face our future. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger will likely return for his senior season; with the help of newly hired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, it has the potential to be an exciting one. The same could be said for Texas on the defensive side of the ball next year, as newly hired coordinator Chris Ash sets out to make his mark on the program.
How will history reflect on the 2019 campaign if the 2020 Longhorns achieve success?
Time will tell. Hard work will make the difference. This time next year, we’ll see for ourselves.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Hookem.com: Bohls: If it’s bowl season, then go ahead and count Texas as a big winner
Hookem.com: Golden: Texas isn’t back, but this outgoing senior class has moved the needle forward
Houston Chronicle: For Longhorns, win in Alamo Bowl teaching moment
Longhorns Wire: Texas carries the Big 12 during bowl season
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Texas men’s basketball delivered Lincoln, Nebraska native Donovan Williams, one of the nation’s top high school forwards, his first Power-5 conference offer earlier this week.
- Former Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck, who was demoted after the Longhorns’ disappointing regular season finish and later replaced by Ohio State Buckeyes passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich, has officially accepted the same position with the North Carolina State Wolfpack. “Tim has worked with some of the best offensive coaches in the game at both Ohio State and Texas and I look forward to seeing him run his stuff here,” North Carolina State head coach David Doeren said in a statement following the announcement of Beck’s hiring. “Since our time together at the University of Kansas I have wanted to work with him. He is also one of the best recruiters in college football.”
So, uh, they couldn’t find a picture of Tim Beck alive for this graphic? Wow. https://t.co/v69FBnuJNE— Longhorns B12C (@Longhorns_B12C) January 2, 2020
- If Ehlinger’s “We’re back” comment after last year’s Sugar Bowl win over the Georgia Bulldogs seems silly in hindsight, it’s unclear how, exactly, Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley’s comment after his team’s loss to Texas in the Alamo Bowl will age. Following Texas’ 38-10 rout, Huntley said the Utes treated the bowl invite “more as a vacation than preparing for a game.” Strong words coming from a player whose team blew it in the lead up to the final College Football Playoff rankings, in which Utah was upset by the Oregon Ducks in the PAC-12 Conference Championship game last month, knocking them out of No. 4 seed potential.
Utah QB Tyler Huntley: "We took it more as a vacation" https://t.co/teinFu1Nak— Longhorns Wire (@LonghornsWire) January 1, 2020
- Speaking of bowl wins, head coach Tom Herman is now the first Longhorns head honcho to win his first three consecutive postseason appearances. By comparison, Texas legends like Mack Brown and Darrell K. Royal started out with 1-2 and 0-2-1 bowl records, respectively. Combined with his team as Houston Cougars head coach, Herman’s bowl record is 4-0.
- You probably know this by now, but the Baylor Bears found a way to lay an egg against the Georgia Bulldogs – another notable, albeit winning, egg-layer – in the Sugar Bowl last night. Waco’s heartbreak aside, Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer took a scary hit to the head area in the second half of last night’s game, knocking him out for the remainder. Hoping for the best for the junior quarterback, whose father was the last walk-on quarterback to start for Texas in the early 1980s, and whose grandfather is also a former Texas quarterback.
Charlie Brewer literally gave his body and mind to take this team out of the scandal days. He will probably have to retire and possibly have lingering health issues for the rest of his life. To see him not make it to the NFL and not be paid as a collegiate athlete is crazy sad.— Andrew Antillon III (@DoctorSwoleDO) January 2, 2020