Houston Texans Coach Lovie Smith on Going to Texas Longhorns Game: ‘Had a Blast’
Houston Texans’ coach Lovie Smith was spotted in Austin Saturday sporting burnt orange as he took in the sights and sounds at the Texas Longhorns beating Iowa State Cyclones at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.
Smith, a native of Gladewater, Texas, got to watch the 24-21 win while being an honorary guest on the Longhorns sideline.
“I am a Texas high school football player,” Smith stated Monday. You will love it when the flagship university invites your wife and you to come down. We had a great time and enjoyed watching good football.
Smith had the opportunity to see some of the best offensive talent from both teams. Texas running back Bijan Robinson, who is likely to be the first ball carrier off the board in the 2023 draft, totaled 28 carries for 135 yards while adding four catches for 36 yards.
Iowa State receiver Xavier Hutchinson was a dominant downfield threat, posting a game-high 10 catches for 154 yards. Texas speedster Xavier Worthy had eight grabs for 72 yards and two touchdowns, with the second being the go-ahead score with less than five minutes to play. Smith said that he was able to see the reach of the Texans in Austin through the playmaking.
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“Seeing how many people love our Houston Texans down there,” Smith said. “College people need to support an NFL team. So a lot of great support, really excited for what we’re doing. “
The Texans are a team that is in rebuilding mode. Houston is a rebuilding team despite a 1-3-1 record.
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