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Game preview: #22 Longhorns face West Virginia at home
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The Texas Longhorns were able to pick up momentum after a win against then undefeated Oklahoma State last week. That win propelled the 'Horns back into the Associated Press' Top 25 rankings, but this weekend they face a tough test with 4-2 West Virginia Mountaineers.


The Longhorns looked average in the 41-34 overtime win against Oklahoma State last week, marking the second time in three weeks that Head Coach Tom Herman was able to have his team battle back in the fourth quarter.

It took timely turnovers for the Longhorns to pull off the upset, but the trend of late comebacks spits in the face of the idea that Herman might have lost the team earlier in the season. Last week's win was big for Texas because it put them over .500 in the conference, but the opponent they face this weekend is more similar than any opponent they have faced this year.

The Mountaineers beat #16 Kansas State last weekend, in a game that was all West Virginia from the start. Junior quarterback Jarret Doege had his third straight 300-plus yard passing game and also threw for two touchdowns against K-State defense.

University of Texas fans should be very worried about Doege, who is the second in the conference in passing yards (1,690) with 40 more yards than Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger who is third. The Texas defense gave up 400 yards and four touchdowns last week to Oklahoma State and it would not be a surprise if they struggled against an even better passer this weekend in Doege.

Texas will also be without lead running back, junior Keaontay Ingram. Ingram suffered a high ankle sprain in the win against Oklahoma State last weekend and was announced out on Tuesday by Herman.

This means the Longhorns will use freshmen Bijan Robinson and sophomore Roschon Johnson against the Mountaineers. Robinson and Johnson both have averaged 4.6 yards per carry, similar to Ingram, so the drop off should not be that large for Texas. However, West Virginia has allowed the fewest rushing yards per game in the conference, so fans should expect Texas to throw more if they can't establish a consistent run game.

Texas and West Virginia are two of the three teams in the conference who are 3-2, with Oklahoma being the other one. If Texas wants to right the ship and get back into the conversation for a Big 12 title, the Longhorns will have to win at home on Saturday.

Like every week, it will be on the back, legs and arm of quarterback Ehlinger. The difference in this game will come from which quarterback has more time in the pockets, that will be the deciding factor in a Texas win.

The West Virginia and Texas game kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The game will be available on ABC, or KVUE.

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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.