• Big 12 Notebook: Kansas State pulls off upset

    Cyclones unable to take next step

    For the second straight week, Iowa State squandered a double-digit fourth quarter lead against a Big 12 opponent.  

    The Cyclones led Oklahoma State by 17 points midway through the third quarter but surrendered 24 straight points en route to a 38-31 loss. They blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead to Baylor in week five.

    Since 2010, Iowa State has not finished higher than No. 7 in the Big 12 standings. The Cyclones had two chances to snag wins against recent conference champions in the last two weeks, but they have failed to seize the opportunity.

    Iowa State sophomore cornerback Brian Peavy said there are growing pains that come with rising through the ranks of the conference.

    “We have the capability and skill set, it’s more of a process of learning how to execute and learning how to win,” Peavy said. 

    Horned Frogs complete comeback

    TCU has already seen two furious comeback bids fall short this year. Against Arkansas, the Horned Frogs overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit only to lose in double overtime. In week five’s contest against No. 19 Oklahoma, TCU climbed to within three points after being down by 18, ultimately losing 46-52. 

    This past weekend, TCU finally perfected its comeback formula against Kansas.  The Horned Frogs trailed the Jayhawks by nine points heading into the final frame, but their defense held Kansas scoreless and they escaped Lawrence, Kansas, with a 24-23 win. 

    Junior quarterback Kenny Hill struggled throughout the game, tossing three interceptions. But he came through when his team needed him most. Hill led two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter and had a critical 34-yard run on third down in an eventual touchdown drive.

    TCU enters its bye week before a matchup with No. 20 West Virginia on Oct. 22. 

    Kansas State defense rises to occasion

    Kansas State ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in both scoring defense and rushing defense. On Saturday, its defense faced its first great challenge of the season, going up against a Texas Tech offense that averages more than 55 points per game.

    The Wildcats rose to the occasion in a 44-38 Kansas State win. While the unit had its share of struggles in the first half, the defense held the Red Raiders to 10 points in the second half — Texas Tech’s lowest point total in a half this season. 

    The Wildcats’ defensive adjustments at halftime helped springboard them to their first conference win of the year. 

    “We came together as a defensive unit and we were like, ‘We have to eliminate all the big plays,’” sophomore cornerback Duke Shelley said. “This game was on us.”

  • Men's golf, tennis continue tournaments away from Austin

    Men's Tennis: Several Longhorns move on at ITA All-American Championship

    Five Longhorn tennis players earned a berth into the second round of singles qualifying draws at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event marks the first of four individual national championship events during the collegiate season. 

    Players need three total wins in the qualifying draw in order to advance to the main draw, which begins Thursday. Those who remain will join teammate senior George Goldhoff, whose No. 23 preseason individual ranking allowed him to forgo the grueling pre-qualifying and qualifying rounds.

    Sophomore Harrison Scott — who is coming off a singles title win at the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic — defeated Michigan’s Carter Lin in his tournament debut Monday in three sets. He will face Lukas Finzelberg of Oklahoma State in round two. Freshmen Christian Sigsgaard, Yuya Ito and Leonardo Telles and sophomore Rodrigo Banzer join Scott in the tournament’s second qualifying round. 

    Rounds two and three of the qualifying draw conclude Tuesday, and the main draw is set to begin Thursday morning. The rest of the team will gear up for the Houston Futures tournament, which begins Friday.

    Men’s Golf Tied For Eighth After Second Round

    The No. 5 Longhorns finished 11-over par in a tie for No. 8 after the second round of the Nike Collegiate Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

    Senior Gavin Hall shot a 71 to move up into a tie for No. 8 on the second day of the tournament. Junior Doug Ghim also carded a 71, tying at No. 27 with sophomore Steven Chervony, who shot a 73. Junior Scottie Scheffler shot a 74 and sophomore Taylor Funk ended the day with a 79.

    Vanderbilt leads the tournament with a 9-under par. The final round tees off 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

  • Texas stumbles at Notre Dame Invitational

    Despite cloudy skies and high humidity, Burke Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana, was packed with teams and spectators for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. 

    The Longhorns, who faced off against ranked competition for the first time this season, struggled to maintain the momentum from their first two meets. Both the men and women concluded the day outside of the top 10. 

    The women, competing without key senior Sandie Raines, finished in 16th place. The men’s team also came up short, placing 13th in what was a difficult race from the start.

    “We wanted to beat our opponent, but we were flat,” assistant coach Brad Herbster said. “We got out poorly and never were where we wanted to be. We have to do a better job of passing. People were passing us and I know we are a much better team than that.”

    Sophomore Alex Rogers led the way for the men, finishing 19th with a time of 24:07.2 in the individual five mile run. 

    “Alex was seconds off of making top-10,” Herbster said. “Seconds can be the difference between reaching a goal and not in a race like this.”

    Senior Mary Beth Hamilton was the first Longhorn to cross the finish line amongst the women, placing 75th with a time of 17:25.1 in the 5,000-meter run. 

    “I think it’ll be better competition,” Herbster said. “It’s all about the little things. We need to perform like we do every day in practice. It’s important to improve on a daily basis, stay healthy, implement the new people and show them how to race.”

    The men and women look to bounce back as they prepare for the Penn State National Open on 14. Oct.

  • Longhorns gear up for new season with Orange-White meet

    After an eventful offseason, the Longhorns are set to begin their season with the Orange-White meet on Thursday and Friday. 

    The men enter the season coming off their second consecutive NCAA title and No. 12 title overall in 2015–16. The team brings back several talented swimmers, including senior Jack Conger, junior Joseph Schooling and sophomore Tate Jackson. Conger and Schooling competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where they earned golds in the 400x200-meter relay and 100-meter butterfly respectively. 

    Jackson said the team feels pressure to repeat as champions this season — but said it’s not necessarily a bad thing. 

    “I think I would say it’s a good pressure,” Jackson said. “You know, the coaches always say that you’ve got to go into the season knowing that you kind of have a target on your back … It reminds us like ‘hey, there’s people out there trying to take our spot.”

    The women’s team also has a chance to repeat — it looks for its fifth consecutive Big 12 championship this season. But the team has even higher
    expectations for 2016–17.

    “We want to be a top-5 team at the end of the season,” junior Mimi Schneider said. “For swimming, the end of the year matters most, so Big 12’s and NCAA’s are always the highlights of the year.”

    The women return 13 Big 12 individual champions this season — along with a talented freshman class. They face a loaded schedule in 2016-17, headlined by a matchup with Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky, a five-time gold medalist. 

    The women’s team hits the pools on Thursday, while the men compete on Friday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

    The Longhorns hope the tune-up meet helps them find their championship form before the regular season kicks off on Oct. 21. 

    “It does a really good job of setting us up to see where we are, give us time to race, and getting us in that meet mindset with a fun environment before there is a lot of pressure,” Schneider said.

  • Texas changes future football schedule

    Texas athletics announced changes to the future football schedule on Tuesday. 

    The Longhorns have moved their home matchup with the University of Central Florida originally set for Sept. 9, 2017 to the same day in 2023 at the request of the Knights. Texas and UCF have faced off twice, first in Orlando in 2007 and then in Austin in 2009. Both games resulted in Longhorn victories. 

    Texas has filled UCF’s slot in the schedule with a home game against San Jose State. The Longhorns and Spartans have never faced one another. Texas will kick off next season with a home game against Maryland on Sept. 2 and will wrap up its non-conference schedule on Sept. 16 with a road game against USC.