Top 10 Longhorns Moments/Stories in 2014

Here's a countdown of the top 10 moments/stories for the Longhorns in 2014.

No. 1

Strong Introduced as Texas’ New Football Coach

Here is Charlie Strong’s introductory press conference as Texas’ head football coach on Jan. 6, via the Texas Longhorns YouTube account:

HD’s Coaching Staff Countdown of Strong.


No. 2

And It’s Goodbye to A&M

The baseball gods gave everyone a treat by putting the Longhorns and Aggies in the Houston Regional - along with Rice (the host team) - and the action didn’t disappoint.

Texas blew the Aggies away in the first game 8-1 and set itself up in prime position with a 3-2 win over Rice in the second game. But the Aggies forced a winner-take-all game with a 3-2 win in the first elimination game.

In the regional title game, though, it was all about Texas starter Chad Hollingsworth, who threw a complete-game two-hitter to pace the Longhorns in a 4-1 victory.

Here are highlights of the game courtesy of DB2Rules’ YouTube channel:


No. 3

Malik Jefferson and DeAndre McNeal Commit to Texas on Same Day

Five-star linebacker Malik Jefferson and four-star wide receiver DeAndre McNeal both committed to Texas on Dec. 19, giving the Longhorns two huge recruiting victories over Texas A&M and UCLA.

Jefferson’s Commitment Announcement:

McNeal Talks Longhorns Commitment


No. 4

Myles Turner Commits to Texas

Rick Barnes’ Longhorns picked up their biggest commitment since Kevin Durant when five-star post Myles Turner chose Texas on April 30 over Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

VIDEO of Turner talking about his commitment with Annabel Stephan:

Get to know Turner in this feature about him right before he left for UT.

Turner is averaging 12 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Longhorns (11-2). He has a team-high 35 blocks.


No. 5

Ridley’s Buzzer-Beater against ASU in NCAA Tournament

Jonathan Holmes missed badly on a long 3-pointer for the Longhorns in the final seconds against Arizona State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 20, but Cameron Ridley emerged from the scrum of hands and scored as the buzzer sounded. The call stood after a video replay to give Texas an 87-85 win, its first in the tourney since 2011.

Here is Ridley’s Game-Winner:

Here is video of Ridley talking about the buzzer-beater:


No. 6

Hinojosa’s Home Run in the CWS

T.D. Ameritrade Park in Omaha is not for the faint of heart. It’s a place where home runs go to die in one of the biggest outfields in baseball.

There had been several well-hit balls in the 2014 College World Series, but none actually made it over the fence until UT shortstop C.J. Hinojosa’s homer in the seventh of Texas’ 1-0 win over UC Irvine on July 18, which snapped a streak of 115 straight innings of CWS play without a long ball.

Texas pitchers Chad Hollingsworth and Travis Duke combined to throw a four-hit shutout and helped Texas improved to 2-1 in the CWS with the win.

The Longhorns would win one more time (4-0 over Vanderbilt) before losing in 10-innings to the Commodores on July 21.

HD’s Recap from Omaha of Texas’ Season-Ending Defeat.

Commentary about Hinojosa’s homerun via the Big 12 Conference’s YouTube page.


No. 7

Longhorns Defeat WVU for 1st Home Win over Top 25 Team since 2008

UT put together one of its best games of the season with a 33-16 win over No. 24 West Virginia in Austin on Nov. 8. It marked the first defeat of a ranked opponent at home since beating Oklahoma State in 2008.

Longhorns celebrate their win over West Virginia in the locker room by hoisting Charlie Strong in the air:


No. 8

Another Final Four for Longhorns Volleyball

Texas’ volleyball team reached the Final Four for the third-straight year and sixth time in the last seven years with a 3-1 victory over North Carolina on Dec. 13.

The Longhorns, the No. 2 national seed, ended up losing to BYU, 3-1, in the national semifinals. UT finished 27-3 overall, 15-1 in Big 12 play and went 11-0 on the road.

Here are some sights and sounds from Texas’ Final Four matchup courtesy of the Texas Longhorns YouTube account:


No. 9

Texas Women’s Basketball Beats No. 1 Stanford On the Road

Empress Davenport hit a bank shot with 1.3 seconds left to send the game into overtime, where Texas outscored the Cardinal 12-6 to earn an 87-81 victory on Nov. 20.

Stanford, which was No. 1 at the time in one poll, had just defeated No. 1 Connecticut a few days prior, snapping the Huskies’ 47-game winning streak.

Ten days later UT defeated No. 4 Tennessee in Austin 72-59 and then beat Texas A&M 67-65 in Little Rock, Ark. UT is currently 10-0 and ranked No. 3 in the country.

Here are highlights of that victory over the Aggies:


No. 10

Holmes’ Buzzer-Beater Lifts Texas Over KSU

Jonathan Holmes made a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Texas a 67-64 victory over No. 22 Kansas State in Austin on Jan. 21. It was UT’s fourth straight victory in the Big 12 and the second in a row over a ranked team (beat No. 8 Iowa State three days prior).

Here is Holmes’ shot:

Holmes also hit a buzzer-beater to give the Longhorns a 55-54 win over defending national champion UConn on Nov. 30.

Texas snapped UConn's 44-game win streak against non-conference teams at Gampel Pavillion. UT also was the first ranked non-conference team to beat UConn at home since Florida State accomplished the feat on Feb. 6, 1993.

Here’s Holmes’ latest buzzer-beater:


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