The No. 20 Texas Football program was selected to represent the Big 12 Conference in the Valero Alamo Bowl for the second-straight year on Sunday. Kickoff against Colorado at the Alamo dome in San Antonio is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN. Texas won four of its last five games of the regular season, including a 69-31 road win over Kansas State in the Longhorns’ most recent outing back on Dec. 5. That stretch also includes a pair of home wins over Baylor and West Virginia, as well as a road win over then-No. 6 Oklahoma State. The triumph over the Cowboys on Halloween night marked Texas’ first road win over a top-10 opponent since 2010.
The 2020 Alamo Bowl marks the 57th all-time bowl appearance for the Longhorns, the second-most in the country behind only Alabama. It is the fourth-straight year Texas has appeared in a bowl game under Tom Herman, with the Longhorns winning each of the first three. Under Herman, the Longhorns were victorious in the 2017 Texas Bowl, the 2018 Sugar Bowl and the 2019 Alamo Bowl. Herman is the third UT head coach to make a bowl game in each of his first four seasons, joining Fred Akers and Mack Brown in that club.
Overall, Herman has led his programs to bowl games in each of his six seasons as a head coach, including two appearances in New Year’s Six bowls. He led Houston to a 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl victory over No. 11 Florida State in 2015 and the aforementioned Sugar Bowl that capped a 10-win season for the Longhorns in 2018. Herman’s 2016 Houston team also played in the Las Vegas Bowl, a game he did not coach in after taking over the Texas program.
The Longhorns are led by one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in senior Sam Ehlinger, who has completed 184-of-306 passes for 2,406 yards and 25 touchdowns to five interceptions this season. He has also rushed for 382 yards and eight touchdowns to tally 2,788 yards of total offense and 33 total touchdowns. The senior’s 202 points responsible for are the third-most in the country this season, and he also ranks third in points responsible for per game and eighth in passing touchdowns.
Among Big 12 competitors this season, Ehlinger leads the conference in passing touchdowns, points responsible for, points responsible for per game and total offense. He has been named a finalist for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy and the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award, a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, a top-10 candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team this season.