• Former Texas kicker secures Baltimore win

    Texas alum and current Baltimore Raven Justin Tucker won the battle of the kickers in Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    “In this league, most games come to three points,” head coach John Harbaugh said Thursday night following Tucker’s game-winning field goal.

    Tucker connected on three field goals, all 40 yards or more, in the close battle against the Steelers. Steelers kicker Josh Scobee missed both of his attempts from 49 and 41 yards in the final 2:29 of the fourth quarter.

    Tucker’s first kick, from 40 yards out with 10:14 remaining, brought the Ravens within three points of the Steelers. With only three seconds remaining in the game, Tucker then kept the Ravens alive with a 42-yard field goal to force overtime. As a result of the Steelers’ poor kicking game, the Ravens attempted two fourth-down conversions in overtime and set up Tucker’s 52-yard, game-winning field goal.

    The former Longhorn is no stranger to making game-winning kicks. Tucker’s college career is best remembered for his game-winning field goal in the final game of the Texas vs. Texas A&M rivalry in 2011. Since he joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, Tucker has made eight game-winning kicks, one of which sailed 61 yards in 2013.

  • Texas men’s golf heads to Oregon for Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational

    The Texas men’s golf team heads to Portland, Oregon for the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational Sunday through Tuesday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

    The three-day, 54-hole tournament will take place on two different courses at Pumpkin Ridge. Round one  will be played on the Ghost Creek course (Par 71, 6,834 yards) while Rounds two and three will be on Witch Hollow (Par 72, 7,015 yards).

    The tournament will host 14 teams, 11 of which are ranked in the top 25. No. 7 Stanford and No. 10 Clemson will be among the competitors. No. 15 Oklahoma joins Texas as the only other Big 12 school in the field.

    Texas finished fifth of 12 teams in last year’s tournament, posting 863 (+23). Oregon won with an 11-over 851. Oregon’s Thomas Lim won the individual standings with an eight-under 202. Texas’ low player was junior Beau Hossler, who finished sixth with a 1-over 211.

    The No. 9 Longhorns dropped seven spots in the NCAA rankings after their eighth-place finish in the season opener two weeks ago in Chicago. However, Texas returns last year’s team scoring average leader, Hossler, who missed the season opener after recently returning from the Walker Cup in England.

    The Texas lineup includes – in order – sophomore Doug Ghim, Hossler, sophomore Scottie Scheffler, junior Gavin Hall and junior Kalena Preus.

  • Texas women's golf to compete in Jim West Invitational

    The women’s golf team travels to Boerne for its second tournament of the year.

    The team will compete in the Jim West Invitational Sunday through Tuesday for a total of 54 holes. Thirteen schools will compete at Tapatio Springs Golf Course hosted by Texas State.

    Texas State head coach Michael Akers said the field will be competitive.

    “The event literally filled up in less than 24 hours,” Akers said.

    Texas Tech and OU are the only other Big 12 Conference schools competing in the tournament.

    This will be Texas’ first year competing in the Jim West Invitational. Last year’s champion, Texas A&M, will look to defend its title.

    The Longhorns finished tenth  on Sept. 15 in Minnesota.

    “The goal now is simply to improve,” Texas head coach Ryan Murphy said.

    Freshman Maddie Luitwieler, sophomore Sophia Schubert, juniors Julia Beck and Haley Mills, and senior Tezira Abe will represent the Longhorns this weekend. Junior Anne Hakula will compete as an individual.

  • Former Longhorn breaks career tackling record for Kansas City Chiefs

    Derrick Johnson, a first round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, is now a part of Kansas City Chiefs history. On Monday night, Johnson broke the team record for the most tackles of all time. Gary Spani, who had 999 tackles during his eight years with the Chiefs, formerly held the record.

    Johnson spent the majority of last season out with a torn Achilles tendon and the majority of his 2009 season on special teams. Before the game against Green Bay on Monday, Johnson was only five tackles away from breaking the record. He recorded eight tackles in that game to officially become the new record holder. Johnson also currently holds the record for most tackles in a single season with 179 tackles in 2011.

    Johnson played football for the Texas Longhorns from 2001–2004 under head coach Mack Brown. He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season during which the Longhorns defeating the Michigan Wolverines to win the 2005 Rose Bowl. He is considered one of the most dominant linebackers in Longhorns history.

    After breaking this franchise record, Johnson will likely be considered one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ greatest linebackers, too.

  • With TOUR Championship win, Spieth reclaims No. 1 ranking

    Former Longhorn golfer Jordan Spieth won the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup on Sunday in Atlanta to cap off his “dream season.” The 22-year-old is the youngest player to win the TOUR Championship, and his $12,030,465 season winnings is the most in golf history.

    Spieth’s season total includes $1.485 million for winning the TOUR and a $10 million bonus for the FedExCup victory. Spieth’s notable season includes wins at the Masters and the U.S. Open earlier in the year. He has more than $22 million in career earnings since turning pro at age 19. 

    “Jordan, the entire Longhorn Nation joins me in congratulating you on a great victory today to cap off a great year,” said Texas interim men’s athletics director Mike Perrin. “I look forward to extending congratulations in person when we can meet. Until then — Hook ‘Em Horns!”

    Spieth’s weekend victories powered him past Australian golfer Jason Day to the top of the world standings.