The Longhorns and Huskies will meet for the first time since 2001 in San Antonio on Thursday, Dec. 29.
No. 20/21/21 Texas (8-4, 6-3 Big 12) vs. No. 12 /12/12 Washington (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12)
December 29, 2022
Where: San Antonio, Texas
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
TV: ESPN (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic)
Radio: Longhorn Radio Network/LEARFIELD (Craig Way, Roger Wallace, Will Matthews)
National Radio: ESPN (Jorge Sedano, Dustin Fox, Ian Fitzsimmons)
Spanish Radio: Longhorn Radio Network/LEARFIELD (Dr. Rubén Pizarro-Silva, Arturo Mata, Jesus Mendoza)
Longhorn Bowl History
• Texas is making its 58th all-time bowl appearance this season, the third-most in the country behind only Alabama and Georgia.
• The Longhorns have an all-time record of 31-24-2 (.561) in bowl games.
• This year marks the Longhorns’ sixth Alamo Bowl appearance (2006, 2012-13, 2019-20, 2022) and third in the last four seasons.
• The Longhorns are 4-1 in their previous Alamo Bowl outings (Win – 2006, 2012, 2019, 2022; Loss – 2013).
• Texas will be playing a current member of the Pac-12 Conference for the 13th time. UT holds an 8-4 record in those instances, including a 55-23 win over Colorado in the 2020 Valero Alamo Bowl.
• This year will mark Texas’ sixth appearance in the Alamo Bowl, and fifth since 2012. The Cotton Bowl (22 appearances) is the only bowl game that the Longhorns have appeared in more frequently than the Alamo Bowl and matches the total number of appearances in the Bluebonnet Bowl (six appearances).
Series History vs. Washington
• Texas and Washington will face off for the fifth time in school history. It is scheduled to be the first meeting between the teams since 2001.
• Texas holds a 3-1 record all-time against Washington, including a 1-1 record in bowl games.
• In the last meeting, the Longhorns bested the Huskies at the 2001 Holiday Bowl, 47-43, rallying from a 19-point deficit late in the third quarter.
• Texas won a home-and-home series against Washington in the early 70’s winning in Austin by a score of 35-21 in 1974, then topping the Huskies in Seattle in 1975, 28-10.
• Washington defeated Texas at the 1979 Sun Bowl with the No. 13 Huskies topping the No. 11 Longhorns, 14-7.
The Opening Kickoff
• The University of Texas continues its 130th season of football on Thursday, Dec. 29 when the Longhorns meet Washington in the 30th Valero Alamo Bowl. The game will kick off from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
• Texas (8-4, 6-3) defeated Baylor, 38-27, in the season-finale in Austin and has won three of the last four games.
• Washington (10-2, 7-2) closed out the season winning the Apple Cup over Washington State, 51-33 and heads to San Antonio on a six-game win streak.
• Steve Sarkisian will be serving his 106th career game as head coach and 25th with Texas. He has a career record of 59-46 (.562).
• Texas currently boasts 936 all-time wins, the fifth-most in college football history. UT holds an all-time record of 936-389-33 (.701).
A Texas Win Would …
• Be Texas’ 937th victory all-time, the fifth-winningest program in college football history.
• Improve the Longhorns to 32-24-2 all-time in Bowl games, 5-1 in the Alamo Bowl and 9-4 in Bowl games versus current PAC-12 teams.
• Give Steve Sarkisian his 60th victory as a head coach and 14th at Texas in his 106th career game as a head coach.
• Be Sarkisian’s third bowl game win improve his record to 3-2.
Sarkisian Era Enters Second Season
• Texas Football Head Coach Steve Sarkisian is in his second season at the helm of the Longhorns and his ninth season as a head coach overall.
• Last season, the Texas offense ranked 18th in the nation and second in the Big 12 Conference with 35.5 points per game, the third-straight top-18 scoring output for a Sarkisan-led offense.
• The offensive showing also marked the eighth top-30 scoring offense in Sarkisian’s career.
• Bijan Robinson rushed for 1,401 yards in 2021 and has established a career best with 1,580 rushing yards this season marking the 11th consecutive year a Sarkisian offense has had a 1,000-yard rusher.
Oghoufo an Academic All-American
• Senior EDGE Ovie Oghoufo was named to the 2022 Academic All-America Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Communicators.
• Oghoufo had a 3.58-grade point average and received a graduate certificate in strategic communication from the Moody College of Communications this fall.
• A first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection in 2022 and two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Oghoufo is the 25th Longhorn to be named to the Academic All-America first or second team and it marks the 34th honor in program history.
• Texas had five student-athletes earn Academic All-District accolades this season, with quarterback Hudson Card, offensive lineman Jake Majors, defensive lineman Moro Ojomo and offensive lineman Logan Parr joining Oghoufo in receiving the honor.
2022 Academic All-Big 12
• Thirty Longhorns earned 2022 Academic All-Big 12 honors this season, with a total of 23 Longhorns garnering first-team distinctions and seven collecting second-team accolades.
• Texas’ 23 first-team honorees and 30 total selections are the second-most in program history.
• The 23 first-team honorees were Parker Alford, Junior Angilau, Bert Auburn, Michael Balis, Ben Ballard, Hudson Card, Zach Edwards, Nathan Hatter, Gunnar Helm, Roschon Johnson, Gabriel Lozano, Jake Majors, Byron Murphy, Ovie Oghoufo, Moro Ojomo, Logan Parr, Devin Richardson, Bijan Robinson, Ja’Tavion Sanders, Ryan Watts, Chad Wolf, Xavier Worthy and Charles Wright.
• The second-team selections were Luke Brockermeyer, Casey Cain, Christian Jones, Barryn Sorrell, Michael Taaffe, Jordan Whittington and Doak Wilson.
• Seven members of The University of Texas Football team entered the 2022 season having completed their degree requirements and have earned their degrees prior to the season. The list includes: OL Junior Angilau, DB Anthony Cook, OL Christian Jones, WR Tarique Milton, EDGE Ovie Oghoufo, WR Gabe Sulser and LB Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey.
• Additionally, 15 Longhorns earned their bachelors or masters degrees or graduate certificates in the fall. They are: WR Parker Alford, QB Ben Ballard, LB Luke Brockermeyer, DL Keondre Coburn, DS Zach Edwards, EDGE Chris Hannon, TE Nathan Hatter, DB D’Shawn Jamison, RB Roschon Johnson, TE Brayden Leibrock, EDGE Ovie Oghoufo, DL Moro Ojomo, LB DeMarvion Overshown, LB Devin Richardson and WR Jordan Whittington.
The Eyes of College Football Are Upon Austin
• Nearly 10.6 million viewers tuned into FOX for Texas Football’s game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, the most-watched college football game of 2022.
• The broadcast averaged 10,595,000 viewers on FOX, peaking at over 15.1 million viewers, and was the fourth-most watch regular season college football matchup in the network’s history.
• It marked the 30th game in DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium history to draw more than 100,000 fans.
• In addition to the record-setting crowds on the Forty Acres, FOX College Football announced that the game was the most streamed regular season college football or NFL game in FOX Sports history.
• ESPN’s College GameDay drew its top Week 2 viewership in over a decade for the pregame show’s live coverage from Lyndon B. Johnson Library Lawn.
• The show averaged 2,104,000 million viewers, an increase of 26% from 2021’s Week 2 total.
• The final hour of the show, broadcast live from inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT, drew 2.7 million viewers.
• ESPN College GameDay’s viewership of 2.1 million was the highest Week 2 total for the show since 2010 and the best for a September episode since 2016.
• ESPN GameDay returned in Week 11 for the Longhorns’ top-20 matchup with No. 4 TCU, drawing 2.2 million viewers, up eight percent from the previous season, with 2.846 million viewers tuning in for the final hour.
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Shines
• The Texas-Alabama game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium drew a record-setting crowd to the Forty Acres.
• A total of 105,213 packed DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, topping the previous record of 103,507 established in 2018 in the Longhorns’ victory over USC.
• It marked the 30th game in DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium history to draw more than 100,000 fans and there have been four more since then.
• Texas drew over 100,000 fans to a home game for the first time since 102,498 packed the house for UT’s 24-10 victory over Iowa State in 2018.
Drawing a Crowd
• A week after setting the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium attendance record, the Longhorns drew another huge crowd with 102,520 Longhorn faithful packing the house, the then-third-largest crowd in DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium history, and the 31st crowd of 100,000-plus.
• It marked the first time since 2018 that Texas had drawn back-to-back crowds of over 100,000 fans.
• Texas followed that by drawing 100,740 fans for the matchup with West Virginia and 100,072 for game against Iowa State, the first time DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium held over 100,000 fans four times in a season since 2012.
• Against TCU, the Horns drew 104,203 fans to DKR-TMS, the second-largest crowd in stadium history. It marked the fifth consecutive crowd of 100,000, the longest streak since 2012.
• Texas finished the year with a total home attendance of 701,697 fans, the second-largest home figure in program history, only behind the record of 704,580 set in 2010.
• It marked the second total home attendance of more than 700,000 fans in Longhorn history.
• UT averaged 100,242 fans per game in 2022, the fifth-largest average in program history and the first time Texas averaged more than 100,000 fans per home game since 2012.
• It was the fifth time in program history that Texas had an average attendance of over 100,000 per game.
Record-Setting Season Ticket Sales
• Texas Football season ticket sales for the 2022 season broke an all-time record, eclipsing 64,000 season tickets to top the previous record of 63,279 set in 2019. This season, more than 8,000 new season tickets were purchased for Coach Steve Sarkisian‘s second season at the helm of the Longhorns.
• The 2022 home schedule, featuring seven home games for the first time since 2010, has been highlighted by the marquee non-conference home game with future Southeastern Conference foe Alabama. The Sept. 10 clash drew an all-time Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium record of 105,213.
• It was only the third time the Longhorns and Crimson Tide had met in Austin and the first time since 1922.
• The home slate also opened with three consecutive home games for the first time since 1996 and just the second time since 1981.
• Texas has had a scoring attempt in nine of its final 12 drives of the half this year, scoring touchdowns before heading into the locker room in six of the last nine games: Missed FG; Missed FG; FG; TD; TD; TD; TD; punt; TD; punt; TD, half). The Longhorns’ opponents have scored just three (WVU, TCU, Baylor) on their final drive of the half with the other nine games being five punts, three interceptions and a missed FG.
• The Longhorns have held their opponents scoreless on each of their initial drives of the second half with the Horns scoring five times (four TDs and one FG) in 12 games.
• Texas is one of only 10 teams in the FBS (eight among Power 5 teams) averaging more than 35 points (35.7) and allowing less than 22 (21.2) on the season. The others are: Georgia (39.2 / 12.8), Michigan (40.1 / 13.4), Alabama (40.8 / 18.0), Penn State (35.8 / 18.0), Ohio State (44.5 / 19.2), Florida State (36.2 / 19.7), Utah (40.0 / 20.4), Tulane (35.2 / 20.5) and James Madison (37.0 / 20.9).
• Ranking 15th among Power 5 programs in scoring offense (35.7 ppg/20th FBS) and 19th in scoring defense (21.2 ppg/30th FBS), Texas is one of nine teams that ranks among the Power 5’s top-20 in both scoring offense and scoring defense (the others are: Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Utah).
• Texas has the best rush offense to rush defense ratio in Big 12 with K-State ranking second: Texas +76.6 (199.6 rush off/123 rush def); K-State +60.7 (209.6 rush off/148.9 rush def).
• After forcing just two turnovers in the first five games of the season, the Longhorns have forced a turnover in each of the last seven games.
• Over the last seven games, Texas has totaled 11 takeaways which have resulted in 49 points, including touchdowns heading into halftime following three Jaylan Ford interceptions.
Finding the End Zone
• In the Longhorns’ season opener against ULM, Keilan Robinson returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, D’Shawn Jamison returned an interception for a score and the Texas offense scored three rushing and two passing touchdowns.
• It marked the first time since the season opener against Maryland in 2017 that Texas scored a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams.
• In the 2017 game, Holton Hill had a 31-yard interception return and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown, and Reggie Hemphill-Mapps scored on a 91-yard punt return. Shane Buechele added a pair of touchdown passes to Armanti Foreman and Collin Johnson and ran in for another score.
• Also marked the first time since Selvin Young’s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against New Mexico State in 2003 that the Longhorns’ first points of the season occurred on special teams.
• Texas tacked on a third non-offensive touchdown of the season when Jahdae Barron returned an interception 44 yards for a pick-six against UTSA.
• Barron added a scoop-and-score fumble recovery against TCU, taking a ball 48 yards for a touchdown on the first fumble recovery of his career.
• The four combined defensive and special teams touchdowns are the most for Texas since 2017.
The Running Back Room
• The Longhorns are the only Power 5 school to have a player with 3,000-plus career rushing yards and one with 2,000-plus career rushing yards (Bijan Robinson – 3,410; Roschon Johnson – 2,190).
• Texas had a historic rushing effort against Kansas, producing a 200-yard rusher (Bijan Robinson, 243 yards) and a 100-yard rusher (Jonathon Brooks, 108) for just the third time in program history and the first time since three Longhorns did it at Baylor in Nov. 1968 (Chris Gilbert, 213; Steve Worster; 137, QB James Street, 121).
• The Longhorns rushed for 427 yards against Kansas, the third-most ever for UT in a Big 12 game and the most-ever in a Big 12 road contest. The total matched the game high under Coach Sarkisian (427 vs. Rice, 2021) and was the fourth-most by Texas since 2000 (513 vs. North Texas, 2004).
Breaking Big Plays
• This season, Texas is averaging almost six big plays (plays of 20 or more yards) per game with no fewer than three in a game, while Longhorn opponents are averaging just under four per game.
• Texas had a season-high nine gains of at least 20 yards at Oklahoma State.
• UT has 68 plays of 20 or more yards this season with 14 touchdowns, and Texas opponents have totaled 46 plays of at least 20 yards with nine touchdowns.
• On plays of 30 or more yards, the Longhorns have totaled 29 plays with 13 taken into the end zone for scores, while UT opponents have tallied 15 such plays with seven touchdowns.
Score Big and Score Often
• Texas scored 55 points in the victory at Kansas and held the Jayhawks to 14, providing the largest margin of victory on the road for the Longhorns since 2007 when UT beat Iowa State in Ames, 56-3.
• Texas tallied 31 points in the first half against Kansas, the sixth time this season the Longhorns have scored 28 points in a half.
• UT has scored at least 24 points in a half nine times this season.
• The Longhorns have scored at least 34 points in nine of 12 games this season.
• Texas scored at least 32 points in six of 12 games in 2021 and had four games of 48 points or more.
• In last season’s victory over Texas Tech, the Longhorns scored 70 points in a game for the first time since 2005 Big 12 Championship Game against Colorado.
• It marked only the second time since 1977 and 11th time in school history that UT had scored 70 points in a game.
• The 70 points tied for the second most scored against a Big 12 opponent in conference play, while the 42 points scored in the first half were also the second most in a Big 12 contest.
• It was a complete team effort from the Longhorns in the season-opening 52-10 victory over the ULM Warhawks.
• Texas tallied seven touchdowns in the winning effort and scored in variety of fashions with the offense, defense and special teams all finding the end zone via a blocked punt return, an interception return, two receiving touchdowns and a trio of rushing scores.
•Texas has begun each of the last five seasons with a win, besting Tulsa in 2018, Louisiana Tech in 2019, UTEP in 2020, Louisiana in 2021 and ULM in 2022.
• The Longhorns won the 118th edition of the Red River Showdown in dominating fashion, topping Oklahoma by a score of 49-0.
• UT’s shutout was the first over OU since 1965 and the first suffered by the Sooners since 1998.
• The 49-point margin was also the worst suffered by the Sooners in shutout fashion in program history.
• Texas held Oklahoma to 39 passing yards, the fewest surrendered by the Longhorns since 2014 (North Texas – 15).
• The Longhorns 49 points were the most-ever scored against the Sooners and the 49-point win was the largest margin of victory of UT in the rivalry.
• Texas’ 36 first downs were the most in a single game in the matchup and the most ever at a game held inside Cotton Bowl Stadium.
• Redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers passed for four touchdowns, tied for third-most in the Texas-Oklahoma game in series history.
Defense Bringing the Heat
• The Texas defense came up huge in the 20-19 defeat at the hands of Alabama in week two, the first matchup between the storied programs since the 2010 BCS Championship Game.
• Texas’ defense limited the high-powered Crimson Tide offense to 20 points, just the seventh time in the last eight seasons that Alabama has been held to 20 points or fewer.
• In the first half, Alabama rushed for 94 yards on 12 carries, with 81 of those yards occurring on one play.
• Following the 81-yard run, Texas forced Alabama to punt on each of the next six drives.
• The Horns did it again against TCU, holding a Horned Frogs team that was averaging over 43 points a game to 17 for the game, and limiting them to three points in the first half, the fewest points TCU had scored in a half all season.
• UT also posted season-high five sacks and 14 tackles for loss against TCU.
Doak Walker Award Winner: Bijan Robinson
• Junior running back won the 2022 Doak Walker Award, the fourth Longhorn to win the award honoring the nation’s premier running back.
• Ricky Williams was a two-time winner, bringing home the trophy in 1997 and 1998, while Cedric Benson collected it in 2004, and D’Onta Foreman won the honor in 2016.
• Texas’ five Doak Walker Award trophies match the most by an FBS school all time (Wisconsin).
• Robinson was selected as a first-team All-American by the five outlets recognized by the NCAA, earning unanimous All-America honors for the first time in his career.
• He is the 23rd Longhorn in program history to be tabbed a unanimous All-America and the fourth Texas running back to earn the distinction, joining James Saxton (1961), Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1997, ’98).
• Robinson is one of 14 players this season to be unanimous choices this season, while a total of 24 players earned consensus honors.
• A total of 148 Longhorns have earned 191 All-America honors in the history of the program. Texas is one of 10 teams in the nation to have at least 60 consensus All-Americans. With Robinson being named first-team All-American, a total of 97 players have earned 119 first team All-America honors in Texas Football history.
Robinson By the Numbers
• An Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award finalist and Walter Camp Award semifinalist, Robinson has been one of the top performers in the FBS this season, leading the NCAA in tandem yards with 1,894 (1,580 rushing, 314 receiving) and ranking second in total touchdowns (20).
• He ranks fourth nationally in rushing touchdowns (18), fifth in rushing yards (1,580), all-purpose yards (157.83 ypg) and points scored (120), and sixth in rushing yards per game (131.7), while leading the Big 12 in each category.
• The Tucson, Ariz. native has nine 100-yard rushing games in the last 10 outings, including a pair of 200-yard efforts, and has rushed for a touchdown in 10 of 12 games this year with multiple rushing touchdowns on five occasions.
• Robinson has tallied 100 yards from scrimmage 11 times and notched 200-plus yards on three occasions. • He has 18 plays (11 rushes, 7 receptions) of 20-plus yards this season, including touchdown runs of 78, 42, 41, 40, 36 and 31 yards.
• Robinson is the only FBS player to have more than 1,500 rushing yards (1,580) and 300 receiving yards (314).
• He is one of only three players with 1,800 combined rushing and receiving yards heading into Bowl season.
• Robinson leads the Big 12 Conference in rushing yards, rushing yards per game (131.7), rushing touchdowns (18), total touchdowns (20), all purpose yards per game (157.83), total points scored (120 )and scoring (10.0 ppg), while also ranking fourth in rushing yards per carry (6.12), sixth in points responsible for (120) and points responsible for per game (10.0) and 10th in total offense (131.7).
• The junior has seven total plays (five rushing, two receiving) of at least 40 yards.
• This offseason, Robinson focused on maintaining his speed for 90 yards (instead of the 40-yard dash), and was clocked at 22.3 mph on the GPS.
• Robinson has a history of not only making people miss and getting the tough yards, but also breaking big plays as both a rusher and receiver. For his career, Robinson has 45 plays (31 rushes/14 receptions) of 20-plus yards and that includes eight of 50 or more (all runs).
• Over his last 24 games, his ratio of long plays is even more impressive. During that time, he has 40 plays (27 rushes/13 receptions) of 20-or-more yards, including six runs of 50-plus. He’s accomplished that in just 522 plays (472 rushes/50 receptions) in that 20-game span, or a play of 20-plus yards on average every 13 plays.
• In 12 games this season, he has 19 plays (12 rushes/7 receptions) of 20-or-more yards, including touchdown runs of 78, 42, 41, 40 and 36 yards.
• In 10 games last season, he had 12 plays (9 rushes/3 receptions) of 20-or-more yards, including two of 50-plus, with five touchdowns.
Bijan Brings it
• Robinson closed out the regular-season slate on a high note, rushing for 179 yards on 29 carries (6.2 ypc) and two touchdowns against Baylor.
• The rushing touchdowns brought his season total to 18, tied for fifth-most in UT history and his career total to 33, tied for eighth in program history.
• Robinson pushed his season rushing total to a career-best 1,580 yards, the seventh-most in a season for a Longhorn.
• He rushed for over 100 yards for the 18th time in his career, fourth all-time in UT history.
• The scores gave him five multi-rushing touchdown games on the season and nine for his career, while also marking the 13th multi-touchdown game (rushing or receiving) in his career.
• Robinson has scored a combined 41 touchdowns (33 rushing, 8 receiving), tied for third among Longhorns all-time and he was the 13th Longhorn to score 30.
• He has a rushing or receiving score in 21 of his last 24 games.
• He has scored a rushing touchdown in 10 of 12 games this season, including the first six games, and reached the end zone in 11 of his last 13 games.
• The Tucson, Ariz. native was dominant against Kansas, establishing career bests with 243 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns while accomplishing the feat on just 25 carries for 9.7 ypc.
• The 200-yard effort was the third of his career, tying him for third-most in Texas history.
• He became the fourth Longhorn to have 200 rushing yards and four touchdown runs in the same game.
• Robinson had 15 carries of seven-plus yards and nine carries of 10-plus yards against Kansas, the most in a game by an FBS running back this season.
• He has four career games of three rushing touchdowns and six games of three or more combined rushing and receiving touchdowns.
• He reached 1,000 rushing yards for the season for the second consecutive time.
• Robinson is the first UT running back to gain more than a grand on the ground in back-to-back seasons since Cedric Benson in 2003-04 — Vince Young did it in 2004-05 at quarterback.
• He is the seventh Longhorn with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing campaigns, joining Chris Gilbert, Roosevelt Leaks, Ricky Williams, Hodges Mitchell, Cedric Benson and Vince Young.
Climbing the Charts
• Robinson has totaled 3,410 career rushing yards, fourth all-time in Texas history and only behind Longhorn Legends Ricky Williams (6,279), Cedric Benson (5,540) and Earl Campbell (4,443).
• He is one of only seven Longhorns to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards.
• Robinson is averaging 6.3 yards per carry for his career (3,410 yards/539 carries), the second-best mark among Texas running backs in UT’s all-time Top-25 rushing list behind D’Onta Foreman’s 6.4 ypc (2,782 yds/433 carries). The overall leader and UT record holder is QB Vince Young’s mark of 6.8 ypc (3,127 yds/457 carries).
• The Tucson, Ariz. native has scored a combined 41 touchdowns during his Longhorn career, tied for third in program history.
• His 33 rushing touchdowns rank eighth in program history and he was the 10th Longhorn to reach the 30 rushing touchdown mark.
• Robinson’s eight receiving touchdowns are tops among Texas running backs all time.
• He has scored 234 career points, tied for 11th in program history and fifth among non-kickers.
• Robinson has totaled 805 receiving yards in his career, the third-most among running backs in Texas history. He has 60 receptions as a Longhorn for an average of 13.4 yards per catch.
All About Zay
• Sophomore WR Xavier Worthy is one of the premier wide receivers in the Big 12, ranking first in receiving touchdowns (nine – 15th in the FBS), seventh receiving yards (676) and receptions per game (4.4), eighth in total touchdowns (nine) and ninth in receiving yards per game (56.3).
• Worthy has caught a pass in all 24 games he has played, tied for the eighth-longest streak in program history, and has 115 career receptions.
• Worthy is also serving as the Longhorns’ primary punt returner this season, averaging 10.4 yards per return, the fourth-best return average in the Big 12.
• Hauled in seven receptions for 62 yards in the season-finale against Baylor.
• Caught a pair of passes for 30 yards at Kansas, extending his streak to 23 consecutive games with a reception.
• He caught four passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas State.
• His scores brought his career receiving TD total to 21, third all-time in UT history while accomplishing the feat in just 21 games.
• The two-touchdown game was his third of the season and the sixth multi-touchdown game of his career.
• Had a touchdown reception in six consecutive games, tied for the third-longest streak in UT history.
• Tallied a touchdown reception in at least four consecutive games for the second time in his career.
• His second touchdown reception against Kansas State was the 100th overall reception of his career. The reception occurred in his 21st game played, the fastest any Longhorn has reached 100 career receptions, besting the previous record of 22 games by Longhorn great Roy Williams.
• He caught four passes for 78 yards and had one touchdown in the Longhorns game at Oklahoma State.
• He had a stand-out performance against Iowa State, catching a season-high eight passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns, including a 3-yard go-ahead score to help clinch the Texas victory.
• Versus Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, he tallied three receptions for 29 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown reception.
• Against West Virginia, he caught seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns of 15 and 44 yards.
• He also threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Tavion Sanders on the first pass attempt of his career.
• Worthy was the first Longhorn to pass and receive a touchdown in the same game since Lil’Jordan Humphrey against Oklahoma in 2018.
• The 100-yard performance was his fifth.
• At Texas Tech, Worthy caught three passes for 50 yards, including a 39-yard TD reception before leaving the game with an injury.
• In the Longhorns’ 41-20 victory over UTSA, Worthy hauled in four receptions for 41 yards.
• Worthy caught five passes for a game-high 97 yards against Alabama, including a diving 46-yard reception at the end of the first quarter.
• His standout performance against No. 1 Alabama moved him past 1,000 career receiving yards.
• He had a pair of receptions for 24 yards against ULM and also returned three punts for 33 yards, including a career long 21-yard return, and ran the ball once for seven yards.
Quinn in Command
• Redshirt freshman QB Quinn Ewers has guided the Longhorns to six victories in his first nine career starts.
• His six victories are tied for third-most by a freshman in program history.
• Connected on 18-of-31 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas State.
• Marked the fifth time in his first six starts he had thrown multiple touchdown passes.
• Ewers threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-49 passing at Oklahoma State, the first 300-yard passing game of his career.
• In the win over Iowa State, Ewers passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns, completing 17-of-26 passes along the way.
• He had a standout performance against Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, completing 21-of-31 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns, establishing then-career bests in each category.
• The four touchdown passes are tied for third-most in the UT-OU game in series history and are the most-ever by a Texas freshman.
• Ewers’ four passing scores are also tied for 10th-most in a game in program history and tied for third among Texas freshmen.
• His four touchdown passes were the most for a Texas freshman since Shane Buechele had four against UTEP in 2016.
• His efforts earned him Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week honors, the first weekly conference honor of his career.
• He started the first two games of the season for the Longhorns, completing 25-of-36 passes (69.4%), for 359 yards and two touchdowns in four total quarters of action.
• Against No. 1 Alabama, Ewers passed for 134 yards and connected on 9-of-12 passes before being sidelined with an injury at the end of the first quarter.
• He made his first career start and his Longhorn debut in the season opener against ULM, guiding the Texas to a season-opening 52-10 victory.
• The transfer from Ohio State completed 16-of-24 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. After throwing an interception on his second career passing attempt, he bounced back to connect on eight-straight passes and nine of 10, guiding Texas to four touchdowns, a field goal and a field goal attempt on his next six drives. The stretch included a 19-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Tavion Sanders and a 43-yard completion to Casey Cain.
• Ewers’ 225 passing yards were the third-most since 1950 for a freshman starting in the season opener, trailing Shea Morenz’s 347 (1993) and Shane Buechele’s 280 (2016).
Sanders is a Sensation
• Sophomore TE Ja’Tavion Sanders has been tremendous during the 2022 campaign, earning All-Big 12 Honors from the league’s coaches and the AP.
• A John Mackey Award semifinalist, he caught two passes for 65 yards against Baylor, upping his season total to 49 receptions, second-most in a season by a UT tight end.
• He has 577 receiving yards this season, the third-highest total in a season for a UT tight end.
• Caught a career-high seven passes for 61 yards against TCU.
• In Texas’ victory at Kansas State, he hauled in five receptions for 54 yards
• At Oklahoma State, Sanders caught six passes for 76 yards. It brought his season total to 34 receptions and made him just the fifth Longhorn tight end with 30 catches in a season.
• Against Iowa State, he had three receptions for 37 yards, including a third-down, 13-yard reception that helped lead to Texas’ first touchdown of the game.
• In the Red River Showdown against Oklahoma, Sanders caught five passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
• The two scores brought his season total to five this season, tied for third all-time among Texas tight ends.
• Against West Virginia, Sanders caught five passes for 78 yards and a career-best two touchdowns.
• His two scores went for 33 and 13 yards and marked the first time a Texas tight end has hauled in two touchdowns in a game since D.J Grant in 2011.
• At Texas Tech, he was the top target for QB Hudson Card, making five catches for 40 yards.
• He made his first career start in the season opener against ULM and did not disappoint, establishing career highs with six receptions, 85 yards and his first touchdown.
• The 85 receiving yards were the most for a Texas tight end since Jermichael Finley tallied 149 yards on four receptions in against Oklahoma in the 2007 Red River Showdown.
• A tremendous blocker as well, Sanders was targeted six times and caught all six passes, including a pair of clutch catches on third and fourth down that set up a pair of touchdowns.
• He then added three receptions against No. 1 Alabama.
• Junior LB Jaylan Ford has emerged as a crucial member of the defense, earning third-team All-American honors from the Associated Press and first-team All-Big 12 accolades from the league’s coaches and the AP.
• He leads the Big 12 in interceptions by a linebacker (4), and is tied for the lead in forced fumbles (3) and fumble recoveries (2), and his 109 total tackles and 9.1 average per game both rank second.
• He hauled in his fourth interception on the year in the regular-season finale against Baylor and added 11 tackles (two solo) and two tackles for loss on his way to Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• Tallied his third interception of the season on Kansas’ final drive of the first half, setting up a Longhorn touchdown before the teams headed to the locker rooms.
• Collected nine tackles in the Horns’ strong defensive effort against TCU.
• Ford was sensational in the victory over Kansas State, recording a game-leading 10 tackles (six solo), while also forcing a fumble and recovering another. He also intercepted a pass in the final two minutes of the first half, returning it 18 yards to the K-State 33-yard line to set up Texas final score before the half.
• His efforts earned him Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
• At Oklahoma State, Ford collected six tackles (four solo) and had two tackles for loss and a sack.
• Ford played a critical role in ending two Iowa State drives in the Longhorns’ victory over the Cyclones, earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his performance.
• First, he intercepted a pass in the end zone that shifted momentum in the game in towards Texas and prevented a potential two-score deficit. Then, with just over two minutes remaining, he jumped on a Cyclone fumble that sealed the game for the Longhorns. He also added eight tackles (two solo) to lead the team.
• In the Red River Showdown, Ford made seven tackles (four solo) and had one TFL against the Sooners.
• Against West Virginia, he registered 14 tackles (seven solo), his fourth-straight game with 10-or-more tackles, and a tackle for loss.
• At Texas Tech, he recorded 12 tackles (four solo) and had a forced fumble.
• Ford was a force against UTSA, posting career best numbers with 15 tackles, 10 solo tackles and his first forced fumble.
• He had a breakout performance against No. 1 Alabama, posting a team-high 10 tackles (six solo) with two tackles for loss and one sack, helping hold the Crimson Tide to 20 points.
Jahdae on the Spot
• Junior DB Jahdae Barron’s impact in the defensive backfield can be felt throughout the team.
• Tallied five tackles (two solo) with two tackles for loss and his first career sack in helping Texas to a win in the season finale against Baylor.
• The Austin native had a career day against TCU, recording 11 tackles with a career-high nine solo and 3.5 tackles for loss, while also collecting his first fumble recovery and returning it 48 yards.
• Barron posted a critical PBU to prevent a TD and create a turnover on downs at Kansas State.
• He had a standout game against Oklahoma State, recording a career-best 12 tackles (six solo) with 1.5 tackles for loss.
• Against Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, Barron picked off a pass to shut down a Sooner drive, and also tallied six tackles (three solo) and had half a tackle for loss.
• Versus West Virginia, he posted six tackles (five solo) and had one tackle for loss.
• He had a career day at Texas Tech, establishing career bests with 10 tackles, six solo tackles and two tackles for loss.
• Barron recorded his first career interception against UTSA and took it 44 yards for the first pick-six of his career. He also added six tackles (three solo) in the victory over the Roadrunners.
• His effort against UTSA earned him Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• Had four tackles (two solo) against Alabama.
Auburn with Ice in the Veins
• Sophomore K Bert Auburn has come through in the clutch on multiple occasions during the 2022 campaign, connecting on 19-of-24 field goals (79.2%), including 7-of-9 tries from 40 or more yards.
• He ranks second in the Big 12 Conference with 110 points scored and third in points per game (9.2).
• His 110 points scored are the 11th-most in a season in UT history and fifth for a Texas kicker.
• The 19 field successful field goals this season are tied for seventh-most on UT’s all-time list.
• Auburn has been successful on 56 consecutive extra point tries, the seventh-longest streak in program history.
• Has connected on an attempt in 11 of 12 games, including multiple successful tries against Alabama, UTSA, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Kansas.
• He was good from 45 yards against West Virginia to extend a streak to eight-straight successful attempts.
• At Texas Tech, he was connected on both of his field goal attempts, including a 48-yard attempt as time expired to help send the game to overtime.
• Auburn earned Lou Groza Award Star of the Week honors following an outstanding game against top-ranked Alabama. He was good on 4-of-5 attempts, including a 49-yard try with 1:29 remaining that gave the Longhorns a 19-17 lead.
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