Texas coach Charlie Strong said Monday that securing a bowl berth has become “the whole model right now” for his players as the Longhorns (5-5, 3-4 in Big 12) head into Saturday’s game at Kansas (1-9, 0-7).
Texas did not earn a bowl bid last season and Strong could use a postseason berth to solidify his job status in Austin. He has a combined record of 16-19 in three seasons at the school and has not posted a winning streak longer than three consecutive games during that stretch, making his job status a source of ongoing speculation in recent weeks.
Kansas has not defeated a Big 12 opponent since the 2014 season and Texas needs only a triumph Saturday (2:30 p.m., WFAA/Ch. 8) to become bowl-eligible this season.
“It would be really great for us to get to a bowl. I want it so badly for the seniors,” Strong said during Monday’s teleconference with Big 12 football coaches. “Their whole model right now is to get to a bowl game. We’re not going to take them lightly at all. We’re coming off a loss. We need to get back on track and play well.”
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Texas fell to No. 10 West Virginia, 24-20, in its last outing. During that contest, Longhorns’ running back D’Onta Foreman (1,613 yards, 13 TDs) tied Earl Campbell’s school record by topping the 100-yard rushing mark for the 11th consecutive contest. Foreman could break the record with a 100-yard output against Kansas.
“He’s having an amazing year. I’m so glad he was able to tie that record,” Strong said. “He will play hard and continue to improve and show how good of a player he is.”