USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Saturday was one of those rollicking, back-and-forth humdingers totally on brand for the unpredictable Big 12.
No. 9 Texas found itself in a wild shootout against Texas Tech. There were incredible touchdown catches, a terrific onside kick, momentum-swinging interceptions, a muffed punt for a touchdown and a blocked punt for a score.
Set all that aside. The Longhorns’ Big 12 opener — a 63-56 overtime win — may end up being the moment this program realized it has championship mettle.
“As we were walking off,” Texas coach Tom Herman said, “Caden Sterns said that if 2020 was a football game, that was it.”
This game featured 119 points and 917 total yards. It was sloppy at times, downright unwatchable at others. UT’s missed tackles and abhorrent special teams play will be critical topics in the coming days. But for the first time in Herman’s four seasons, Texas is 2-0 — and nothing can ruin the Longhorns’ mood at the moment.
Texas players celebrate their overtime win against Texas Tech. (Photo: Michael C. Johnson, USA TODAY Sports)
Texas is also 1-0 in Big 12 play, something other league title contenders can’t say, while Tech (1-1, 0-1) was left scratching its head.
With Tech leading 49-41, SaRodorick Thompson should’ve been bottled up for about a 2-yard loss. Instead, he broke free and raced 75 yards for an apparent game-clinching touchdown with 3:13 left in regulation.
It felt like the LSU disaster all over again. A close game suddenly over. Texas was staring at a 15-point deficit, and everyone thought it was over. Well, almost