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  11/26/21 - Roschon JohnsonJr/2023, Texas, 6-1, 219 (DS#19 RB) + More +

  Junior Roschon Johnson ran for a career-best 179 yards, Cameron Dicker kicked three field goals, and Texas summoned some uncommonly strong defense to beat Kansas State 22-17 Friday afternoon. Texas (5-7, 3-6 Big 12) ended the regular season by snapping a six-game losing streak, its longest since 1956. Johnson, who arrived at Texas as a quarterback but quickly converted to running back, started in place of Bijan Robinson, who rushed for 1,127 yards this season but missed the last two games with a dislocated elbow. Johnson carried 31 times. He ran for a 9-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Texas which has performed poorly defending the run this season, stopped star running back Deuce Vaughn on third and one at the Longhorn 17 and backup quarterback Will Howard on fourth down with 4:03 remaining. Kansas State (7-5, 4-5) played without starting quarterback Skylar Thompson, who suffered an ankle injury last week against Baylor. Howard, his replacement, ran for a 71-yard touchdown, untouched by a defender, in the second quarter. But Howard completed just nine of 13 passes for 65 yards. - Texas/AP College Football


(DS#19 RB) Jr/2023 RB Roschon JohnsonTexas
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  11/15/21 - Bijan RobinsonSo/2024, Texas, 6-0, 214 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Star Texas running back Bijan Robinson will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his elbow in the Longhorns' loss to Kansas, coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday. Robinson's 1,127 yards rushing this season rank third in the Big 12 and made him the first Texas running back to hit the 1,000-yard mark since 2016. He also had 11 rushing touchdowns, and five more receiving. Robinson was injured in the third quarter of the 57-56 overtime loss that sent Texas to its fifth consecutive defeat, the program's longest skid since 1956. Texas (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) plays Saturday at West Virginia and at home Nov. 27 against Kansas State, and must win both to be eligible for a bowl game. Texas hasn't had a losing season or missed a bowl game since 2016. - AP College Football

(DS#1 RB) So/2024 RB Bijan RobinsonTexas
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  10/05/21 - Bijan RobinsonSo/2024, Texas, 6-0, 214 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  OCT 4 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bijan Robinson, Texas, RB, So.,...Robinson led Texas to a 32-27 victory at TCU, which was the Longhorns' first win in Fort Worth since 2013. He established career highs with 35 carries and 216 yards (6.2 ypc), scoring two touchdowns and catching two passes for 22 yards. In doing so, the sophomore RB became the first Longhorn to rush for over 200 yards in a game since D'Onta Foreman in 2016. Over his last nine games, Robinson has totaled 1,174 yards on 152 carries (7.72 ypc) with 11 touchdowns, while hauling in 18 receptions for 296 yards (16.44 ypc) and scoring four touchdowns. His season totals include 1,470 yards on 170 plays for 8.64 yards per play and 15 touchdowns. - Big 12 football

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  10/05/21 - Cameron DickerSr/2022, Texas, 6-0, 216 (DS#1 K) + More +

  OCT 4 BIG 12 CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cameron Dicker, Texas, K, Sr.,...Dicker scored 14 of UT's 32 points in its victory at TCU. The senior went 4-of-4 on field goal attempts to establish a single-game career-high in makes, just one shy of the UT single-game record. He was also 2-for-2 on PATs and is now third all-time in career scoring by a kicker at Texas with 338 points, only one point behind Phil Dawson (1994-97) for second and just 20 shy of the all-time record of 358 held by Dusty Mangum (2001-04). In addition, Dicker punted twice for a 46.5-yard average, including a 52-yarder with one downed inside the 20. - Big 12 football

(DS#1 K) Sr/2022 K Cameron DickerTexas
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  10/02/21 - Bijan RobinsonSo/2024, Texas, 6-0, 214 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Bijan Robinson ran six consecutive times to open the final game-cinching drive for Texas, including a first down on a hard third-down run after TCU had called its last timeout. He then added 13 more yards before Casey Thompson got to kneel down on the last three snaps. Robinson ran for a career-high 216 yards on 35 carries with two go-ahead touchdowns and those key late first downs in a 32-27 win Saturday, the first Big 12 road game for the Longhorns since accepting an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference. "I just knew I had to get that first down, for the whole team to keep going forward and end the game," Robinson said. "No. 5 kind of epitomized our football team, the grit. He was exhausted," coach Steve Sarkisian said. "Thirty-five carries later, the last one was the most important one to get one more first down to seal the win...He's earned our trust." Thompson improved to 3-0 as the starting quarterback, even without the Longhorns finding the end zone at the same blistering pace as in his first two starts.

He finished 12-of-22 passing for 142 yards with a touchdown and an interception. TCU (2-2, 0-1) lost its second consecutive home game and had three turnovers, matching its total for the first three games. The Longhorns converted those into only three field goals by Cameron Dicker. Robinson was stopped short on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 9 1/2 minutes left. The Horned Frogs then went 99 yards in 13 plays for Kendre Miller's 2-yard TD with 4:23 left, but never got the ball back. - Texas/AP College Football


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  09/27/21 - Casey ThompsonrJr/2023, Texas, 6-0, 192 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  SEPT 27 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Casey Thompson, Texas, QB, Jr.,...Thompson completed 18-of-23 passes and established career-highs with 303 passing yards and five passing touchdowns to lead Texas to a 70-point game for the first time since 2005. The five passing touchdowns are tied for second-most in a single game in UT history. He carried the ball seven times for 29 yards and a touchdown to give him six touchdowns responsible for, which is also tied for second in program records. With Texas' touchdown to close out the first half against Texas Tech, Thompson had led the Longhorns on 11 consecutive touchdown drives. Since entering at halftime of last season's Valero Alamo Bowl, the junior has guided Texas to a score when he is the QB on 24 of 27 drives. - Big 12 Football

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  09/27/21 - Xavier WorthyFr/2025, Texas, 6-1, 160 (DS#14 WR) + More +

  SEPT 27 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Xavier Worthy, Texas, WR, Fr.,...True freshman Worthy posted five receptions for 100 yards and three touchdowns against Texas Tech. His three touchdown catches are a UT freshman single-game record and gave him four for the season, which is already third-most by a rookie in program annals. His 100-yard receiving game is the 17th in school history by the 13th different freshman. Worthy's 62-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the 18th-longest by a freshman. - Big 12 Football

(DS#14 WR) Fr/2025 WR Xavier WorthyTexas
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  09/25/21 - Casey ThompsonrJr/2023, Texas, 6-0, 192 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  Casey Thompson threw five touchdowns and ran for another as Texas continued its offensive explosion since naming him the starting quarterback with a 70-35 rout of Texas Tech on Saturday. With Thompson at the controls of the offense, the Longhorns have scored more than 40 points in the first half in consecutive games while mixing Thompson's ever-expanding role as a passer with a powerful running game. Thompson was 18-of-23 passing for 303 yards and ran for a score in the first half. Hudson Card started the first two games for Texas (3-1, 1-0 Big 12), but was replaced by Thompson after the Longhorns struggled badly in a road loss at Arkansas. Texas scored on all five of its possessions in the first half against Texas Tech and added a 27-year interception return by Josh Thompson.

Three of Casey Thompson's touchdown throws went to freshman Xavier Worthy, including a 23-yard touch pass into end zone coverage, and a 62-yard score when Worthy broke two tackles and sprinted away from two defenders. Texas scored 70 points for the first time since beating Colorado 70-3 in the 2005 Big 12 championship game. Bijan Robinson ran for 137 yards and scored Texas' first touchdown. Roschon Johnson added two rushing touchdowns for the Longhorns. Texas Tech quarterback Henry Colombi passed for 324 yards and three touchdowns for Texas Tech (3-1, 0-1) after coming on for injured started Tyler Shough in the second quarter. - Texas/AP College Football


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  09/06/21 - Bijan RobinsonSo/2024, Texas, 6-0, 214 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  SEPT 6 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bijan Robinson, Texas, RB, So.,...Robinson totaled 176 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns to earn Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. He compiled 103 yards on the ground with a touchdown on 20 carries (5.2 ypc), along with four receptions for 73 yards (18.3 ypr) and a touchdown in a 38-18 win over No. 23 Louisiana. It marked the third consecutive game in which the sophomore RB has scored multiple touchdowns, and the second-straight game in which he has had a rushing and receiving score. Over his last three games, Robinson has accumulated over 500 yards rushing, and has surpassed 100 yards in four of the last five. He was also named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week. - Big 12 Football

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  09/05/21 - Bijan RobinsonSo/2024, Texas, 6-0, 214 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  SEPT 5 WALTER CAMP FOOTBALL NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BIJAN ROBINSON, TEXAS, Sophomore, Running Back, Tucson, AZ/Salpointe Catholic,...Bijan Robinson rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown and added 73 receiving yards and one more touchdown as 21st-ranked Texas opened up the 2021 season with a 38-18 victory over 23rd-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette. Robinson scored on a seven-yard run and had an 18-yard scoring reception to lead the Longhorns. Notes: Bijan Robinson is the 11th Longhorn to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004. Linebacker Joseph Ossai (Nov. 1) and quarterback Sam Ehlinger (Sept. 13) both earn recognition during the 2020 season. - Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  09/04/21 - Bijan RobinsonSo/2024, Texas, 6-0, 214 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  The Steve Sarkisian era is off to a good start at Texas behind a new quarterback and a running back finally getting his chance to carry the load for the Longhorns. Bijan Robinson scored twice and Hudson Card threw two touchdown passes in his first career start, leading No. 21 Texas to a 38-18 victory over No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday in Sarkisian's Longhorns coaching debut . "I love it man, there's nothing like winning," said Sarkisian, a former head coach at Washington and Southern California who was Alabama's offensive coordinator last season when the Crimson Tide won the national championship. Texas hired him to replace Tom Herman, who was fired after four winning seasons and four bowl wins but no Big 12 championships.

Robinson, who has garnered early attention as a potential all-American this season, scored Texas' first touchdown on a pass from Card in the first quarter, then punched in another on a 7-yard run on the first possession of the third that put Texas ahead 21-6. Robinson finished with 176 total yards rushing and receiving in the kind of all-around game Sarkisian had promised to use. He touched the ball 24 times Saturday, more than double his game average last season. "Sark said to prepare for anything. I feel good," said Robinson, who also met former Texas Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams before the game. "He (Williams) just said, 'Go ball out and represent for the guys who have been here before you,'" Robinson said. - Texas/AP College Football


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  09/01/21 - Hudson CardrFr/2025, Texas, 6-2, 200 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  As was reported over the weekend, redshirt freshman Hudson Card was announced as the starter for Satuday's season opener. Junior Casey Thompson will play. And then the Horns will look at what both did in the game. Why Card? "Hudson's a very talented young man, he's got a great work ethic and he really tries to operate the way we want to operate in," Sarkisian said. "Just as I told Hudson and Casey, it's really not a knock on Casey. ... It was a tough call, but I think in general, you try to make the best decision for the program at that time. "Again, Casey's going to play in this game. We'll reevaluate after one game. Neither guy's ever started a game in their career, so we'll look at it after one week." Sarkisian isn't too dynamic up there on the podium. But that's OK. As long as what he's saying up there is honest and insightful, a truthful quote is better than a great headline.

Example: Sark, who has plenty of experience molding, coaching and calling plays for successful quarterbacks, explained the thinking behind his decision. "The quarterback position is the most important position in sports - I always say that and I believe that. But also, it's one position of 22 starters on our team on offense and defense," he said. "Everybody has a role in our organization, and ultimately on game day, you have a responsibility to do your job, and the quarterback is no different. And what we ask of him to do ultimately is going to be things that we believe are putting him in the best position to have success, whoever that guy is on the field, and then they've got a responsibility to do their job. And generally speaking, the one that does his job the most consistently gives us the best chance to have success. I think both guys understand that." - Austin American Statesman


(DS#14 QB) rFr/2025 QB Hudson CardTexas
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  08/29/21 - Hudson CardrFr/2025, Texas, 6-2, 200 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  The decision appears to be in. Texas coach Steve Sarkisian will name Hudson Card as the starting quarterback for the season opener against No. 23 Louisiana on Sept. 4. Horns247 first reported the decision on Saturday. A UT spokesman could not confirm, and Sarkisian could not be reached. Sarkisian is rolling the dice, to be sure. It will be the redshirt freshman's first start and Card's first real game experience. Card would be replacing four-year starter Sam Ehlinger, who threw for 11,436 yards and 94 touchdowns. Ehlinger is now battling for the backup job with the Indianapolis Colts.

So what does this decision mean for junior Casey Thompson? It was thought the veteran who threw four touchdown passes in last season's Alamo Bowl would win the starting job. Thompson carried himself like the starter throughout the offseason, holding extra film sessions with receivers as they learned a new offense. Thompson has completed 20 of 29 passes for 309 yards and six touchdowns in seven career games with the Longhorns. Typically, if a veteran quarterback can't beat out a younger player, coaches lean toward the younger player. Sarkisian has stressed throughout August that both players have performed well, both going through various ups and downs. - Austin American Statesman


(DS#14 QB) rFr/2025 QB Hudson CardTexas
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  08/22/21 - Derek KerstetterrSr/2022, Texas, 6-4, 310 (DS#6 C) + More +

  Derek Kerstetter could have left and thrown his hat into the NFL draft ring earlier this year, but there was work that needed to be done. Besides, he had zero interest in leaving college with a final image of him being carted off the field. So Texas' senior center is back for a fifth season after a gruesome ankle injury at Kansas State cut his 2020 season short in Week 9. Eight months of resolve-testing rehabilitation have fueled Kerstetter's desire to finish out his college career, and he's eager to lead this offensive line into the latest new era of Longhorns football.

Tough people overcome, and Kerstetter, a hard-nosed sort who doesn't back down from a fight, didn't take long to make the obvious decision, even if he will be playing in front of an inexperienced quarterback for his final year. "They've been hectic," Kerstetter said of the weeks of recovery followed by the months of rehab. "It's been just a pleasure to be able to come out here to be with my teammates again. What I went through was a blessing because it taught me so many different things, but it was also one of the hardest things I've ever faced in my life." - Austin American Statesman


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  08/06/21 - Ben DavisrSr/2022, Texas, 6-3, 246 (DS#47 OLB) + More +

  The Longhorns have added that big-game experience in the form of three transfer linebackers. Alabama's Ben Davis won two national championships with the Crimson Tide. Ray Thornton earned a championship ring at LSU. Ovie Oghoufo played on last year's Notre Dame team that made the College Football Playoff semifinals. "They come from places that have won championships," Coburn, in his fourth season, said of the newcomers. "All they did was bring that and brought it to Texas and showed us ways of how to be a champion."

After Steve Sarkisian's hire in January, Texas added only four high school prospects to its 2021 recruiting class on national signing day in February. He instead used the transfer portal to solidify the depth chart. Thornton transferred in January. Later that month, Oghoufo announced that he'd join the Longhorns as a grad transfer. Davis transferred in April. None of the three were stars at their previous schools. Thornton recorded five tackles last season. Davis totaled three. Oghoufo had 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks over his last two years with the Fighting Irish. - Austin American Statesman


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