The Longhorns will wear orange and white “JS” decals on the backs of their helmets Thursday night to honor former quarterback James Street, who led Texas to the 1969 national championship. He passed away Monday.
It’s not the first time Iowa State has run into Texas on the week the Longhorns have extra motivation:
Texas 33, Iowa State 7 — Nov. 10, 2012.
Darrell Royal, who had coached the Longhorns to three national championships, died earlier in the week, at the age of 88.
The Longhorns honored him with several game-day gestures, including helmet decals and the “DKR” initials placed inside the longhorn logo at midfield, but perhaps most dramatically on their first offensive play.
Texas lined up in the wishbone — an offense that Royal helped create in the late 1960s — and produced an impressive play. David Ash took the snap and tossed it over to Jaxon Shipley, who was lined up in the backfield. Shipley returned the ball to Ash, who then completed a 47-yard pass to tight end Greg Daniels.
Ash ended up passing for 364 yards — setting a personal best for the second time last season — and two touchdowns, on a 25-of-31 day with no interceptions. His touchdowns went to Mike Davis (61) yards and Barrett Matthews (3).
Texas, which won its fourth straight game and improved to 8-2, gained 609 yards, its second most productive game of 2012. Joe Bergeron rushed for 86 yards, Johnathan Gray added 74 and a pair of touchdowns, and Shipley and Davis both exceeded 100 yards in receiving.
TCU’s AD not interested: TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte, contacted by the American-Statesman on Wednesday, said he is not interested in replacing DeLoss Dodds at Texas.
“I really believe I have the best job in the country, and I work for the best chancellor,” Del Conte told the American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls. “I’m not looking for a job.”
Del Conte, who has been TCU’s athletic director since 2009, helped set a school record last year by generating more than $47 million in fund-raising. He also helped with the school’s move to the Big 12 and has overseen several facilities upgrades to the TCU campus, including a $164 million renovation of the football stadium.
Services for Street: Funeral services for Street, who passed away Monday, have been set for 11 a.m. Friday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, located at 5455 Bee Cave Road. A viewing and visitation will be held at the church before the service, from 9:30-11. The University of Texas athletic department will host a reception for friends and family following the service on the 8th floor of the Red McCombs Red Zone north endzone building at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
Sanders catching on: Kendall Sanders played several positions at Athens High School, but wide receiver wasn’t one of them. But the sophomore has impressed in his first three games, with 14 catches, including a 63-yard touchdown against Kansas State.
Sanders said he played quarterback, running back and defensive back at Athens, and that most of his scholarship offers were from schools that wanted him as a cornerback, but that Texas gave him the option of choosing a position.
“I just (said) wherever they need me most,” Sanders said. “I didn’t tell them I never played (wide receiver).”
Sanders was asked if he had been tempted to opt for defensive back, given that the Longhorns have served as an assembly line for producing NFL corners and safeties.
“I just wanted to be part of the school,” he said.