Today is New Year’s Eve. Most people today will reflect on the year that was or wasn’t for them. As we reflect today, we look back on the Top 10 Texas Longhorns moments of 2012.
10. Texas Longhorns beat Ole Miss 66-31
In their first primetime game of the year, The Longhorns didn’t disappoint. The Longhorns came out at put up 676 yards and 66 points, the most since the 2005 Big 12 Championship game. It was also the coming out party for David Ash who went 19-23 for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns. This was the game that showed the improvement of the offense against a quality BCS opponent.
9. Texas Longhorns Basketball win over Iowa State at the Big 12 tournament.
Although the Longhorns Basketball team hasn’t had many noteworthy moments in 2012, the win over the Cyclones in the Big 12 tournament ensured that the Texas Longhorns would go to it’s 14th straight NCAA tournament which is still a school record.
8. Texas beating Baylor 56-50
Now some might see this as a sign of how far the Longhorns have fallen from the ranks of greatness. But Baylor isn’t the Baylor of old. This is a very good team under Art Briles. Not only that but this is a team that has beaten the Longhorns two straight times heading into this matchup. This was probably the most exciting game that was played all year by the Longhorns. Lots of big plays from both teams and in the end, the Longhorns got just enough to win.
7. Men’s Golf Wins The National Championship
In an athletic year that was very disappointing, Men’s Golf gave Longhorn fans something to be proud of. Facing off against Alabama for the national championship, the Texas Longhorns were vying for their 3rd national championship as a program, the first since 1972. The format for the NCAA championship was the best 5 players played each other in match play. Alabama took a 2-0 lead but the Longhorns didn’t get rattled and won 2 matches to tie it up 2-2 with Senior Dylan Frittelli needing only 2 punts to win the match. He would only need 1.
The win gave the Texas Longhorns it’s 50th national title overall.
6. Case McCoy wins it at Kansas
For some reason, playing at Kansas is a struggle for the Texas Longhorns. For much of the game in Lawrence, the Longhorns couldn’t get anything going and on defense couldn’t stop the one thing the Kansas Jayhawks could do, run the ball. But the defense stepped up in the second half but David Ash was still struggling. So Mack Brown made the decision to go with Case McCoy. Case McCoy was able on the final drive to convert a 4th and 6 and throw the touchdown pass to DJ Grant to beat the Jayhawks 21-17. A win is a win and who knows what a loss would have done to this team and this football season.