For the fourth time in seven years, the Texas Longhorns head down to San Antonio to play in the Alamo Bowl. This time, the Longhorns will face former Big 12 opponent the Colorado Buffaloes.
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Texas is coming off a up and down regular season that saw protests, coaching rumors and headaches for almost everyone involved. The Longhorns are a perfect 3-0 in bowl games under Herman, inducing a Sugar Bowl win two seasons ago. If there is anything fans can count on with Herman, it's a good bowl showing from his squad.
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Texas found a winning combination in running backs Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson who were able to rush for over 300 combined yards against Kansas State in their last outing. Colorado's rush defense 57th in the country allowed over 156 yards per game on the ground, meaning that Herman and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich might run the ball more against the Buffaloes than they did during the regular season.
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For Sam Ehlinger, he will be the only captain available for the Longhorns after all the others decided to opt out of the Bowl game and instead get ready for the 2021 NFL Draft. Ehlinger has been known all year for being the lone man standing out. The senior quarterback from Westlake will play his final game as a Longhorn Tuesday and will be playing behind two freshmen offensive linemen after injuries to Derek Kerstetter and Samuel Cosmi.
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The Texas defense will have to prepare for Jarek Broussard who's averaging over 160 yards per game. The All-Pac 12 running back was able to rush for over 100 yards in all but one game this season. It will be up to the Texas defense to try to stop Broussard, and with the opt-out of Joseph Ossai, that task will be a lot tougher. Longhorn fans should expect a very back and fourth battle on the ground between these two teams Tuesday.
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Tuesday should be the final nail in the 2020 season. If things go right for the Longhorns, this could be a step in the right direction and a fitting end to one of best statistical careers from a Longhorn quarterback. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Austin FC couldn't find the stamina to fight off a 2-0 loss against LAFC for their inaugural match on Saturday.
The match, which saw No. 21 Austin FC go head-to-head with No. 2 LAFC in Los Angeles, was broadcast nationally on FOX and FOX Deportes.
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Eleven players took the stage as Austin FC players for the first time, with five starters making their MLS debut. "Ringleader" Alex Ring took the captain's armband and wore it well. The defensive midfielder could be seen leading his teammates through their first ever match, but it wasn't enough to stage an Austin takeover in LA.
In the signature style of Head Coach Josh Wolff, the team played with quickness and intensity, nearly connecting on several fast breaks. It was harder for them to stay in front, however, something that Wolff credits with quick decision making and a tough LAFC defense.
"We have a quick attacking team, but I think when you make quick attacks and it fizzles it's just about some decision making," Wolff said. "Are we in position to finish attacks? If not, can we reestablish our attack and get stuff better?"
The club was given some generous breaks from No. 2 LAFC, who had one or both of their star DPs out for the half. While forward Diego Rossi is out for the entire match due to a hamstring injury, Carlos Vela was accidentally pulled too soon on what turned out to be a miscommunication.
"He gave us the sign that he needed to come off," LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley said on broadcast. "I can't say more than maybe it's my fault."
LA pulled some dramatics and slowly gained more possession throughout the half, but ATXFC's defense wasn't initially as shaky as it seemed in preseason. Jhohan Romana has pulled his weight in getting the ball out of goal, and a 34-year old Matt Besler held his own in center back.
As the second half commenced, however, it became clear that LAFC had the advantage over Austin's first major league team.
Goalkeeper Brad Stuver had his work cut out for him, fending off 24 shot attempts, 11 of which were on goal. He didn't have much time to prepare, either: in the first 30 seconds of play, Stuver had already made a save to keep the match 0-0.
LAFC finally connected in the 61st minute of play as Corey Baird shot one into the bottom right corner. The team capitalized off their momentum and put one past Stuver a second time, drawing roars of approval from the LAFC crowd.
While some last-minute attempts from Jon Gallagher and others were made, Austin FC didn't have the endurance to bring a tie. After seven additional minutes of stoppage time, the club lost their first match 2-0.
While the scoreboard tells one story, Wolff said that the team did well considering the skill of LAFC and the pressure of their club debut.
"We've got to be realistic," Wolff said. "This is the first time this organization has been in front of TV with an opportunity to show itself and I think there were some promising moments. And we're going to maximize those and continue to try to develop those, but there's lots to build on."
The team may have lost, but it still won the support of thousands of Verde fans, dozens of which made it to watch their team's first match. When Stuver and the team made it to bthe stadium, Los Verdes fans were already there to show support, and Stuver said his wife saw the same back in Austin.
"The moment that we pulled into the stadium, we saw Black and Verde fans cheering us on as we got to the stadium," Stuver said. "During warm up, you can just look around and see different groups sitting in different sections of the stadium and it's just truly amazing to see the support in our first game. We know that we want to give the fans everything, because this we play for the city and we play for them."