AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Longhorns head soccer coach Steve Sarkisian stated Monday that the coaches “write the script” and the gamers “make the film.” After Saturday’s efficiency in opposition to Kansas, it looks as if the Longhorns ought to get some Oscar buzz.
The 55-14 blockbuster win over the Jayhawks on the street set the Longhorns up for a win-and-hope situation to make it to the Big 12 Conference championship recreation set for Dec. 3 at AT&T Stadium. TCU has already clinched a spot within the title recreation, and the Longhorns would love one other crack on the Horned Frogs.
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Before they begin fascinated about that, nevertheless, they’ve to beat Baylor on Friday after which get some assist from the group they not too long ago pummeled. The Jayhawks have to beat the Kansas State Wildcats so as to power a tie between the Longhorns and Wildcats within the Big 12 standings. Texas owns the tiebreaker with its 34-27 win over the Wildcats earlier within the season, however the two Sunflower State rivals do not play till Saturday night time, so consuming Thanksgiving leftovers may come with a little anxiousness for the Longhorns in the event that they maintain enterprise Friday.
“We have a nice alternative this Friday,” Sarkisian stated. “It’s a nice problem forward of us, and I’m trying ahead to a Thanksgiving ballgame. This feels type of like a playoff recreation. We have to do our half, after which see what occurs.”
It’s the primary time in Sarkisian’s tenure that the Longhorns have gained consecutive street video games, and coincidentally each of them have been in Kansas. Sarkisian stated the sensation after a huge win cannot be one of aid, it has to stoke a good larger hearth within the group to exit and win one other recreation.
“I’ve at all times challenged our guys to if you get good victories, that it isn’t a time to chill out,” Sarkisian stated. “It’s the time to dig deeper and hone in with even more psychological depth. We have a lot to be happy with this season, however there’s more work to do.”
For his efforts in opposition to the Jayhawks, Texas operating again Bijan Robinson gained the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award, introduced Monday by the convention. Robinson was an apparent selection after speeding for a career-high 243 yards with 4 touchdowns, nevertheless it additionally helped gasoline the concept maybe Robinson will forgo his senior season and go to the NFL. After Big 12 play Saturday, Robinson leads the convention in each speeding yards (1,401) and touchdowns (16) and is ranked within the high 10 nationally in each classes.
Sarkisian stated he places off these conversations till after the season is over. He stated it might “create muddle,” and would quite simply wait till after the common season.
“I do know he needs to are available right here Friday and play effectively,” Sarkisian stated. “When that point comes, when the common season dies down, we’ll have these discussions with him and his household, and get the required data in place for him to make a actually good choice.”
When requested if Name, Image and Likeness offers might probably maintain gamers in faculty as a result of they’re ready to make cash, not like lately, Sarkisian stated that is definitely potential and it is “not essentially a unhealthy factor.” Robinson has a number of NIL offers in place, most notably with Lamborghini of Austin and his personal model of mustard, Bijan Mustardson.
“I believe NIL might play a think about some guys’ selections to flip professional or not,” Sarkisian stated. “If it is a means for a child to need to keep at school, earn their diploma and be a part of a college, that is a constructive.”
As far as Baylor goes, the Bears have been dealt a crushing loss Saturday at dwelling. They had undefeated TCU on the ropes the whole recreation, practically pulling off the most important upset of the Big 12 season, however Horned Frogs head coach Sonny Dykes had his discipline objective unit prepared for motion. They rushed onto the sector with about 15 seconds left within the recreation, and Griffin Kell booted a game-winning 40-yard discipline objective to win 29-28 and silenced everybody in inexperienced and gold.
Sarkisian expects Baylor to come to Austin with a chip on his shoulder and to give the Longhorns all the things they’ve.
“They’ve bought nice stability,” he stated. “I’m impressed with their capability to run the soccer with totally different runners. I believe the quarterback [Blake Shapen] has actually emerged with his model of play, and the offensive line is athletic and so they have a good scheme.”
Sarkisian stated the Bears are “huge and bodily up entrance,” and he has a deep respect for Bears head coach Dave Aranda.
“Tough losses occur, and so they took the No. 4 groups to the brink,” Sarkisian stated. “In the tip, that is what our convention is about. The Big 12 is hard, week in and week out, you’ve got bought to play your greatest soccer to come out on high. I do know they’re going to be hungry at 11 am on Friday.”