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 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    October 17, 2021

No 12 Oklahoma State rallies late to beat No. 25 Texas 32-24

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing a big early deficit on the road at Texas, Oklahoma State leaned on the two things that had kept the Cowboys undefeated so far: defense and a punishing run game that could grind out the final quarter. Eventually the...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    October 10, 2021

Texas defense needs quick fix ahead of No. 12 Oklahoma State

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There were plenty of warning signs about the Texas defense, from big-play scores to the late-game touchdown drives, that had been overlooked in three consecutive wins. Then came a second-half meltdown against Oklahoma that was...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    October 8, 2021

Texas-Oklahoma soon to be part of "SEC! SEC!"

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — To get a glimpse of the Southeastern Conference's plan to dominate college football Saturdays, take a look at this weekend's schedule. In Dallas, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 21 Texas play their annual matchup amid the revelry of...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    October 3, 2021

Texas defense bracing for another dose of Sooners QB Rattler

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is ranked again and on a three-game win streak powered by tailback Bijan Robinson and an explosive offense. Scoring points in bunches has helped prop up a defense has been good enough so far, but has shown just enough...

 

Big 12 quarterback play full of struggles and surprises

There have been boos in Oklahoma and frustration in Iowa. And down in Texas, a gigantic new scoreboard is lighting up like an old pinball machine. Much of the quarterback play in the Big 12 so far this season is not what anyone expected. The...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    August 8, 2021

American gold bonanza as Tokyo Olympics near end

TOKYO (AP) — The second to last day of competition at the Tokyo Olympics produced a gold medal bonanza for the United States. The Americans kept up their domination in men's basketball and women's water polo with gold medal victories in both on...

 

Police: Suspect on the run in fatal shooting of 3 in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 41-year-old man is wanted in the fatal shooting of three people in Austin, Texas, and police officials searching the surrounding area Sunday warned residents that the suspect might take a hostage. Interim Austin Police Chief...

 

Texas top utility regulator quits in fallout over blackouts

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' top utilities regulator resigned Monday in the widening fallout from blackouts triggered by an unusually heavy and widespread winter storm that left millions in the state without power and water for days. DeAnn Walker, t...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    January 27, 2021

Reaves' 23 points, late FT lift Oklahoma over Texas 80-79

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Oklahoma Sooners are surging. And when they can grab a tough win at Texas, it makes no difference to them the Longhorns were playing short-handed and without their coach. Austin Reaves scored 23 points and made two free...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    October 9, 2020

Texas-Oklahoma won't look or feel the same in 2020

Tim Taylor's plans for the Texas-Oklahoma game have changed. Instead of enjoying a long weekend with old friends as he has for decades, he'll make the trip from Austin in one day, bringing a mask and plenty of hand sanitizer. The border rivalry that...

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    October 8, 2020

Old-man Ehlinger and freshman Rattler face off in Texas-OU

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is the old man of the Red River rivalry. He has seen just about everything. Ehlinger has watched Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners come and go, losing to one, beating the other. He has led Texas to...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    July 3, 2020

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice cooled off plans for a concert in Texas after taking considerable heat for an event that sought to gather hundreds of fans in one of the nation's coronavirus hot spots. The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    June 19, 2020

Multiple Texas cities and counties adopting mask orders

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Multiple Texas counties and cities are ordering businesses to require customers and workers to wear face masks as the state sees a continued rise in the numbers of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Republican Gov....

 

Tensions rise as Texas governor readies to lift more rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two weeks into the reopening of Texas, coronavirus cases are climbing. New outbreaks still crop up. And at Guero's Taco Bar in Austin, which offers the occasional celebrity sighting, a log of every diner and where they sat is...

 

Virus-related shutdowns bringing US economy to grinding halt

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It took 15 minutes for the coronavirus to wreck Shelley Hutchings' carefully calculated financial plans. Hutchings, a bartender and performer, had lined up gigs in advance of the South by Southwest film, music and technology...

 

Ehlinger leads No. 12 Texas past Oklahoma State 36-30

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sam Ehlinger did what he usually does: throw for a bunch of touchdowns and deliver big runs. Put him together with more games like this from the Texas defense, and the Longhorns will go far in the Big 12 this season. Ehlinger...

 

Texas gun rights lobby pushing back on calls for new laws

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby swiftly pushed back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws in response to a gunman killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relation...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Sports    August 18, 2019

Former Longhorns, NFL RB Benson dies in motorcycle accident

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36. Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    August 9, 2019

Texas relaxed gun laws after recent mass shootings

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After dozens of people, including toddlers and teenagers, were gunned down in separate mass shootings at a church Sutherland Springs and a high school in suburban Houston, Texas Republicans came to the Capitol this year with...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    May 17, 2019

1 year after Santa Fe shooting, Texas shuns tougher gun laws

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A year after a high school mass shooting near Houston that remains one of the deadliest in U.S. history, Texas lawmakers are on the brink of going home without passing any new gun restrictions, or even tougher firearm storage...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    May 8, 2019

Texas seeks more armed school personnel after mass shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school in which eight students and two substitute teachers were killed, lawmakers in the gun-friendly state are close to passing measures that they say would harden campuses...

 

Coaches accused in bribery scandal wielded outsize authority

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Coach Gordie Ernst's Georgetown University tennis teams didn't win any Big East championships. At Wake Forest, Bill Ferguson's volleyball teams struggled near the bottom of their conference. At Stanford, John Vandemoer's...

 

Texas-Oklahoma a bad blood border rivalry

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas-Oklahoma rivalry is never short on bad blood between the Big 12 border states. Whether it's "horns down," Darrell Royal accusing Barry Switzer of spying or Brian Bosworth's critique of vomit-inducing burnt orange, a...

 

Texas making late drives to win games

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Game after game, Sam Ehlinger and the Texas offense keep putting together game-clinching or game-winning drives. The latest came this past weekend with Ehlinger's touchdown pass to Lil'Jordan Humphrey with 29 seconds left to be...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Sports    October 11, 2018

Big receivers making the big plays for No. 9 Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing third-and-long, Lil'Jordan Humphrey caught a quick pass on a play designed to get Texas a few yards. Then came a load of Longhorns teammates. Next came the surge. With his legs churning and Texas pushing, Humphrey and th...

 

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