The Daily Texan

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For associate managing editor, three years at the Texan was a ‘time to be alive’

May 6, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...

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Skepticism warranted at quarterback, despite Buechele’s eye-opening performance

April 19, 2016

Shane Buechele had an eye-opening performance at Saturday’s Orange-White Spring Game. The 6-foot-1-inch, 181-pound early enrollee quarterback from Arlington, who should be preparing for his...

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Texas hires Sterlin Gilbert as offensive coordinator, other staff changes made

December 12, 2015

Texas officially hired former Tulsa co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Sterlin Gilbert as offensive coordinator on Saturday.   “I feel extremely blessed by this opportunity,”...

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Longhorns complete 23-17 upset over No. 12 Baylor

December 6, 2015

WACO – Charlie Strong gathered his team entering the fourth quarter and told them, “15 more minutes, guys.” Fifteen minutes to hold on to a 20-10 lead. Fifteen minutes to avoid catastrophe....

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Longhorns look to end season of missed opportunities on high note

December 4, 2015

This season was one of missed opportunities — the disaster in South Bend, the shanked extra point against California and the shutout in Ames — and the Longhorn coaching staff isn’t afraid...

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Heard shines, struggles in first year at helm

December 1, 2015

Jerrod Heard shouldered pressure before taking a snap as the Longhorns’ starting quarterback. Heard, a redshirt freshman from Denton, joined a team that has searched for a quarterback since...

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Injuries, mistakes lead to 48-45 loss to Texas Tech

November 27, 2015

Tyrone Swoopes burst his way into the open field and ran 46 yards for a touchdown to give the Longhorns a 38-34 lead over Texas Tech. But Texas would eventually fall short in a 48-45 shootout loss to the...

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Live Blog: Texas 45 — Texas Tech 48

November 27, 2015

Update (10:50 p.m.): After a Longhorn punt, the Red Raiders went 91 yards on 12 plays on their first second-half drive. Senior running back DeAndre Washington capped the drive with a two-yard rushing...

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Longhorns look to send off seniors with final home win

November 25, 2015

Thursday night represents the coming of an end for 24 seniors – one last time the burnt orange-and-white-clad fans will cheer them on, one last rendition of ‘The Eyes of Texas,’ and one...

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Mistakes cost Longhorns in 38-20 loss to West Virginia

November 16, 2015

Texas’ margin for error was slim, with five losses and thin bowl chances entering Saturday’s game against West Virginia. The margin and bowl chances decreased as the turnovers piled up and...

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Live Blog: Final: Texas 20 – West Virginia 38

November 14, 2015

Update (2:45 p.m.): Texas remains winless on the road after a 38-20 loss to West Virginia. The Longhorns were unable to take advantage of quick start as they went into the half trailing 21-10. Texas...

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Fast start, defensive improvement key for Texas against West Virginia

November 13, 2015

Texas hopes to find an answer for its road woes in West Virginia on Saturday. Its goal: score first. The Longhorns have a 112-10 deficit on the road this year. But the team is undefeated under head...

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Vahe brings toughness to offensive line

November 13, 2015

Patrick Vahe towers over his opponent, standing at 6-foot-2, 319 pounds with black hair flowing out his helmet. Vahe, a freshman offensive guard from Euless, worked his way into the starting role by...

Longhorns look ahead to road challenge

November 11, 2015

Play-caller Jay Norvell, redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard and junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes met for Texas’ weekly press conference Tuesday. Here are three takeaways from Tuesday’s press...

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Preparation, consistency, confidence key in Longhorns win over Jayhawks

November 9, 2015

Texas claims winning comes down to preparation, consistency and confidence. The Longhorns blamed their lack of preparation after the 24-0 loss to Iowa State on Oct. 31 and said preparation was instrumental...

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Live Blog: Texas 59, Kansas 20

November 8, 2015

Update (10:55 p.m.): Texas defeated Kansas, 59-20 on Saturday. The Longhorns racked up 598 total yards. Redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard and junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes threw for...

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Texas looks to avoid ‘embarrassing’ trend

November 6, 2015

Charlie Strong promised the Longhorns wouldn’t lose five games again after his 6-7 inaugural campaign as Texas’ head coach. But after a 24-0 loss to Iowa State, Strong has lost five of eight...

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Cottrell finding success in 2015

November 3, 2015

Junior defensive end Bryce Cottrell ran down Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning and brought him to the ground for a sack. The sack was a bright spot in the Longhorns’ 24-0 loss Saturday. Cottrell’s...

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Longhorns stumble in shutout loss to Iowa State

November 2, 2015

The Cyclone rushing attack gashed the Longhorns on Saturday. Paired with a sputtering Texas offense, the Horns suffered a 24-0 loss to Iowa State. Junior defensive tackle Paul Boyette said Monday that...

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Live Blog: Texas 0, Iowa State 24

October 31, 2015

Update (9:40 p.m.): Texas fell to Iowa State 24-0 in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday. The Longhorns struggled throughout the game. Texas’ offense managed to generate 204 offensive yards but only...

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Texas looks to solve road problems against Iowa State

October 30, 2015

The road hasn’t been kind to Texas. The Longhorns are riding momentum after beating Oklahoma and Kansas State. Now, they face the challenge of a true road game at Iowa State on Saturday. Texas...

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Swoopes embraces ’18-­wheeler’ role

October 30, 2015

Tyrone Swoopes enters Texas games in short-yard situations. The defense knows what’s coming – a simple run from the 6-foot-4, 244-pound quarterback for a first down – yet they have trouble...

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Lackluster passing game doesn’t concern Norvell, Heard

October 28, 2015

Texas wide receiver coach and play-caller Jay Norvell and redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard addressed concerns over Texas’ mediocre passing over its last two games at Tuesday’s press...

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Texas establishes tough, physical reputation in win over Kansas State

October 26, 2015

Tyrone Swoopes sloshed his way into a rain-soaked end zone, completing a 23-9 win over Kansas State. The tough running by the junior quarterback from Whitewright embodies the reputation Texas is trying...

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Texas tames Wildcats 23-9

October 24, 2015

Update (2:45 p.m.): The Longhorns were able to power past Kansas State, 23-9 at a rain-soaked Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Longhorn rushing attack helped Texas, with 274 yards...

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Texas looks for rare win over “purple kryptonite” Kansas State

October 23, 2015

The sounds of ‘we own Texas’ echoed through Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas, during Texas’ 23-0 loss to Kansas State last year. The joyous chants from Wildcats fans weren’t...

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Jinkens looks to impress during senior season

October 20, 2015

Peter Jinkens read the play perfectly, held his ground and slung TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin to the ground. Jinkens — a 6-foot, 230-pound senior strong side linebacker from Dallas — appeared...

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Big 12 remains wide open

October 14, 2015

Does anybody want to win the Big 12? No. 2 Baylor and No. 3 TCU lead the conference, but even they haven’t been incredibly impressive. Sure, the Bears beat Kansas 66-7 on Saturday. Baylor really...

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Strong secures signature win with Red River Showdown victory, 24-17

October 10, 2015

DALLAS – Charlie Strong took the Red River Showdown Golden Hat Trophy from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s hands. He lifted it up to the Longhorn faithful and placed it on his head. The Longhorns’...

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Texas upsets No. 10 Oklahoma 24-17 in Red River Showdown

October 10, 2015

Update (2:55 p.m.): The Longhorns drove the ball 67 yards on 15 plays to start the second half. Senior kicker Nick Rose nailed a 27-yard field goal to end the drive and extend Texas' lead...

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Heard, Longhorns look to upset No. 10 Oklahoma in Red River Showdown

October 9, 2015

Then-senior quarterback Case McCoy set back to pass and unleashed a floating dagger that found the hands of wide receiver Mike Davis for a touchdown en route to a 36-20 win over Oklahoma in 2013. McCoy’s...

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Let’s Drink to That: The Red River Rivalry drinking game

October 7, 2015

Saturday is the day when Texas students and fans travel to Dallas with plans of consuming large amounts of fried foods and alcohol. After Texas’ 1-4 start, the Longhorn faithful might require...

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Longhorns in trouble after social media mess

October 6, 2015

Head coach Charlie Strong once called social media “the downfall of society.” Twitter could be the team’s downfall if players continue to find trouble on social media. At halftime...

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Texas’ 50-7 loss to No. 4 TCU marks Strong’s worst day as head coach

October 5, 2015

Charlie Strong said Saturday was his worst day as a head coach. His team had just been beaten 50-7 by No. 4 TCU. “I just felt like that the way we played the last two weeks, we were going to come...

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Horned Frogs dominate Texas, 50-7

October 3, 2015

Update (2:50PM): FORT WORTH – The Longhorns woes continued in the second half, with TCU scoring 13 additional points. Texas managed to score a touchdown when junior quarterback Tyrone...

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Ridgeway becomes more confident after breakout game against Oklahoma State

October 2, 2015

The ball found its way into Texas defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway’s hands. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph cocked his arm to throw but lost the ball before he could fire a pass. Ridgeway...

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Longhorns regroup with players-only meeting

September 29, 2015

Sitting at 1-3 after the Longhorns’ 30-27 loss to No. 20 Oklahoma State — Texas’ worst start since 1956 — the players felt tired of losing. The Longhorns gathered in a players-only...

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Longhorns lose 30-27 to Oklahoma State after late-game mistake

September 27, 2015

Life proved to be cruel Saturday when freshman punter Michael Dickson mishandled a snap with 42 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He corralled the ball, but his punt only traveled 10 yards, setting...

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Update: Texas leads Oklahoma State 20-17 at half

September 26, 2015

Update (4:25): Texas’ streak of high-scoring performances has continued through the first half against No. 24 Oklahoma State. After the Longhorns went three-and-out on the game’s opening...

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Longhorns find hope as Big 12 play, Oklahoma State arrive

September 25, 2015

For a team that has lost two games — one in blowout fashion and the other in late-game heartbreak — Texas enters the matchup against No. 24 Oklahoma State with surprising confidence. The...

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Defense finds confidence after California

September 25, 2015

The Longhorns’ defense is far from head coach Charlie Strong’s best. Strong led Florida’s defense to a national championship as its defensive coordinator in 2008 and produced the No....

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Big 12 Notebook: Texas Tech takes down Razorbacks

September 22, 2015

Texas Tech (3-0) continues to impress after it defeated SEC foe Arkansas 35-24 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 243 yards and a touchdown and ran for 58 yards....

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Heard-led comeback falls short in 45-44 loss to California

September 20, 2015

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard walked into the press room, his face red and blinking back tears. A furious fourth-quarter comeback had fallen one point short. Cal beat the Longhorns 45-44 on...

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Golden Bears provide opportunity for Texas

September 18, 2015

An air of change swept through Texas when it beat Rice 42-28. An unfilled Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium crowd rose to its feet when redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard took the...

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Strong motivates Longhorns with negative comments following defeats

September 17, 2015

Head coach Charlie Strong showed his players the negative comments made about Texas after its 38-3 loss to Notre Dame before the team took the field against Rice. What the players heard sickened them....

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Heard era begins with Texas 42-28 win over Rice

September 13, 2015

The stands weren’t full at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, but the crowd noise rose to fill the void when redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard took the field against Rice. Heard,...

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Despite low fan support, Texas has chance to take step forward against Rice

September 11, 2015

Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium will be emptier than usual this weekend. Entering Texas’ home opener against Rice, 15,000 tickets remain unsold for Saturday. But whether fans show...

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Big 12 Notebook — Week two

September 10, 2015

TCU struggles in season opener The Horned Frogs struggled in their season opener against Minnesota. TCU, which entered the game at No. 2 in the AP Poll, narrowly escaped the Golden Gophers, 23-17. Heisman-hopeful...

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Longhorns fall to Fighting Irish, 38-3

September 8, 2015

Charlie Strong didn’t talk to his staff on Sunday ­— he never does after a game — but why would he, after the Longhorns struggled at all facets of the game against Notre Dame? Texas...

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Notre Dame rolls past anemic Texas, 38–3

September 6, 2015

In a sold-out Notre Dame Stadium, the Longhorn faithful made the trek to South Bend, Indiana, hoping to see an improved offense and a strong defense, but what they saw was more of the same. Texas’...