Defensive end Cedric Reed had four tackles and a sack, but he nearly made a game-altering fumble recovery in the second quarter.
On a second-down play at Texas’ 11, Jackson Jeffcoat forced a fumble on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Reed, the closest Longhorn to the loose ball, was unable to control it before it rolled out of bounds. Oregon kicked a 32-yard field goal two plays later for a 13-7 lead.
“I had the ball in my hands, and I think one of the (Oregon) tackles pushed me from behind,” Reed said. “Even if I would have got it, I would have been out of bounds. If I had got it, that would have been unbelievable.”
Reed, a junior, is weighing whether to return for his senior season or enter the NFL draft. If he’s viewed as a third-round pick or higher, he said he’d probably consider leaving Texas.
“I’d like to be a third-round (pick) or higher, just for my safety,” Reed said. “It’s an honor and a blessing to have this decision. I haven’t even talked to my family about this. They told me to play this season out and we’ll talk to you about it at an appropriate time.”
Reed finished the year with 79 tackles and 10 sacks.
Keep your helmet on: Mariota wasn’t great at everything Monday night. Oregon’s offensive MVP did struggle to keep his helmet on.
Mariota twice lost his helmet after runs in the first half, and rules required that he be removed for a play after each wardrobe malfunction. Oregon’s back-up quarterback — freshman Jeff Lockie — had limited success in his relief role.
Cole buys The Horn: Long-time Austin radio personality Bob Cole confirmed to the American-Statesman on Monday that he has bought 104.9 FM, also known as “The Horn.” Cole, who was at the Alamo Bowl, said station employees had been emailed earlier Monday.
Cole said the station’s programming, which currently runs national programming from ESPN, will remain local- and sports-oriented in the mornings and afternoons, though he did say there likely will be other “tweaks.”
“We’re going to do something a little different that fills a hole that no one else in the market is filling,” said Cole, who is the stadium announcer at Royal-Memorial for Texas games. “
Etc.: The Alamo Bowl recorded its second-biggest crowd (65,981), second only to the Texas A&M-Penn State game of 2007. … Sophomore cornerback Duke Thomas left the game in the second quarter with an injured ankle. He did not return. … Texas’ loss snapped a five-game Alamo Bowl winning streak for the Big 12. Teams from the state of Texas, however, are only 5-6 in the bowl game. … Mack Brown finished his Texas career with a 158-48 record and 244-122-1 for his career. … Mariota broke the Alamo Bowl record for rushing yards by a quarterback, his 133 yards topping Nebraska’s Eric Crouch’s 118, in 2000.
— Brian Davis, Danny Davis and Suzanne Halliburton