Forty Acres Insider: September 28
These horns were held proudly and high and far last week as there was a lot of cheering on the court, the courts and the field for the Burnt Orange and White. Our Longhorns were lashing out at anyone who stood in their way as No.1 volleyball swept through Rice, football won a pair of road games in Kansas State and Oklahoma, and of course the football kept the cannon live all day with a 70-35 victory over Texas Tech. Talk about launching the Big 12 in style, it certainly got the job done! In the midst of it all, we gathered on campus to celebrate the phenomenal leader of our great university at the official inauguration of President Hartzell. What a special Friday Longhorn, as he inspired us all with his vision and message during his State of the College address, so we were so thrilled to have him as honorary captain in Saturday’s soccer game as well. . Longhorn Nation, thank you for the huge round of applause and the special opportunity we had when we recognized him during the pre-game. I’m so lucky to have Jay as a colleague and friend, and we’re very lucky to have him on Forty Acres.
And we are so lucky to have all of you, your support, your pride, your passion and your love for your Longhorns. I want to take a moment to thank many of you football ticket holders who took the time to complete our survey after last week’s game. This is invaluable information for us as we continue to strive to provide the best fan environment and engagement possible. From the reviews it looks like we’re improving steadily, and everyone is happy with the smooth transition from entering (4.54 out of 5) to leaving (4.50) the stadium, you are enjoying all the cleanliness (4.55) and our efforts there, the Team Shops service (4.42), and you are becoming more and more comfortable with the mobile ticketing process (4.45). We have heard your concerns as well and will continue to address them, but all and all things are getting better every week! That said, the past week has been a great one, and we come back to it as football hits the road at TCU, volleyball opens the Big 12 with West Virginia arriving in town, and football heads home for welcome TCU and Texas Tech. I know you’ll all be there riding a shotgun with us in this action-packed Longhorns Sports All Gas, No Brakes season!
But the Forty Acres Insider is always a great opportunity not only to look ahead, but also to reflect. Let’s start with football and this great performance on Saturday. But before I do that, I have to recognize all of you – America’s best fans. The early kickoff didn’t put you off at all as you made your way to Bevo Blvd. brilliant and precocious, ushered in the squad as only you can, and once in the stadium, brought the heat from the kickoff to the final whistle. And, WOW, this game was a sight to see as Coach Sark and our Longhorns took a 35-7 lead, had 42 points at halftime and ran away from the Red Raiders, 70-35, for improve to 3-1 over the year. It was a full team effort, and on the heels of Rice’s 58-0 shout, included back-to-back 600-yard total offense games for the second time in school history (2005 was the ‘other). The 70 points were also the highest since 2005, and hold on tight, we didn’t kick for the second game in a row. This is a first Longhorn! And when you’re successful as a team, individual honors come too, so kudos to Casey Thompson and Xavier Worthy for their well-deserved recognition. Next stop is a trip to TCU for an 11:00 am CT (ABC) kickoff at Amon G. Carter Stadium. I know Coach Sark and the team are hoping to see you there, and I echo the feelings of gratitude he shared at his Monday press conference for bringing you all the big Saturday to DKR- Texas Memorial Stadium.
“It was a great vibe on Saturday. Kick off at 11 am, I thought DKR was rock, the fans were there and it was really an advantage on the pitch. We can’t wait for our fans to come to Fort Worth. with us this week. For those who can, we would love to have you, it will be a great environment for football. ” – Trainer Sark.
Coach Elliott and the No.1 volleyball continued their scorching game with a 3-0 sweep at Rice last Wednesday, dropping to 9-0 this season. Our Horns have swept five of their nine games and have been so dominant in the non-conference season that they have won 27 of 31 sets in that span. Now it’s time for the Big 12 game with West Virginia in Austin Thursday (8 p.m. CT / LHN) and Friday (7 p.m. CT / LHN). I know Gregory Gym will be in fuego as usual, I can’t wait to see you all there!
Coach Kelly and our football team are also on the right foot, traveling into enemy territory and triumphantly opening the Big 12 in Kansas State and Oklahoma last week to extend their winning streak to five straight games. Freshman Trinity Byars, the Big 12 Freshman of the Week, led the charge for our Longhorns as the forward scored three times last week and even tied a program record scoring a goal for the fifth straight game. As a perfect example of “always be ready when called”, junior Sydney Nobles came off the bench as a late-in-game substitute at OU and scored the game winner in the 88th minute to end the Sooners. It’s a huge week of home games ahead in the Championship as our Horns host the No.5 TCU Thursday (6 p.m. CT / LHN) and Texas Tech Sunday (1 p.m. CT / LHN).
And hey, this week’s success wasn’t just in our 40-acre realm, it was global, as our Longhorn legends Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth were part of a dominating USA team 19-9 win. on the European team at the Ryder Cup! Just like our Olympic success this summer, there is nothing better than being able to combine our pride in our great university with our pride in our great country. And get it right, Texas was one of only two schools with the State of Florida to have not one, but two selections for this year’s Ryder Cup squad! Coach Fields, well done my friend, your program has produced some of the best in the world, and we know you have come a long way!
We also need to emphatically give Hook ‘Em Horns to our Longhorn legend, three-time Olympic medalist and incredible professional softball star Cat Osterman as she heads into retirement. What a long and illustrious career this has been for our formidable Texas Ex. She has many more wonderful things to come as she steps away from the field with her legacy as one of the greatest softball players ever to go strong. . Congratulations Cat, you are the absolute best!
Longhorn Band and Longhorn Pep Band pause activities
As a precaution, the Longhorn Band and Longhorn Pep Band are suspending their training sessions this week due to COVID-19 protocols and will not be able to perform at Texas Athletics events. The Longhorn Pep Band was scheduled to perform in volleyball matches on Thursday and Friday, and the Longhorn Band was scheduled to perform in UT’s road soccer match at the TCU on Saturday, but neither group will be able to attend these. events.
3-game mini football plans still available
With Saturday’s resounding victory over Texas Tech, we’ve officially reached the middle of the home football season. If you don’t have your seats reserved yet, it’s not too late to join in the fun for the rest of the season. Three-game mini-plans are available that guarantee your spot for Oklahoma State, Kansas, and K-State games at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mini plans start at $ 165 and can be purchased online at TexasSports.com/Tickets.
In conclusion, I want to give another shout and emphatic hook ‘Em to President Hartzell. We are so lucky to have such a great man at the helm of our great university. He has such wisdom, vision and grace and does a brilliant job leading us into the future. I feel so lucky not only to work with him every day, but to have him as a confidant and friend. Not a day goes by that I’m not inspired by the way he leads, the way he handles any challenge, and his passion and pride for the University of Texas. Thank you for everything you do, your love and support for Texas Athletics and we are grateful for everything you have done, everything you do and the great things you will do for Longhorn Nation today, tomorrow and long ago. in the future !
When you’re on gas and without the brakes, you don’t have time to rest. We keep going and it’s the joy of sport and being a Longhorn. We are always in competition and meet any challenge with this world famous Texas Fight. And with Longhorn Nation providing the wind under our wings, we know we have it. Keep those horns up and hang ’em!
Hang them from the horns,
Chris Del Conté
Chris Del Conté
PS Justin Tucker, 66 yards, you can’t be serious! People like to use the term GOAT a lot, but has there ever been a time (or two !!) when it was more appropriate ?! So proud of our Legend Longhorn !!!
PS II – It is indeed an epic image! Our future home for men’s and women’s basketball is going well.
PS III – Okay, that’s great! Thanks to the Red Bull Air Force Jumpers !!
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