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Credit apathy and low expectations, but I’m not as upset about this loss as I was about the others. Remove the two idiotic defensive penalties on the first series, hand the officials an NCAA Football rulebook, and embrace the deep ball sooner and with more fervor and the outcome may have been different. I didn’t feel that way watching it live, but taking the emotions out of it, this was a more competitive game than I thought. It was certainly more competitive than it’s been against TCU in recent years.

Man Down

The best way to think about the challenges the offense is facing is to imagine Texas is playing a man down. Maybe even one and a half or two men down — but definitely on the offensive line. As Tom Herman said, there is no waiver wire, and the notion that players get better during the season is usually false — that’s what the other eight months are for. Once the games start, they’re about as good as they’re going to get. For Texas on the O-line, “as good as they’re going to get” is freaking awful.

Texas has good receivers. They have good running backs, whom the coaches chose not to play for half the season. But there are no run or pass plays that are designed to work with 3-4 offensive linemen. Fine, bring in a tight end and try to run it. His is just one more potential missed block. Bring in a tight end, don’t release the back and try to throw it with seven-man protection. That can work, as we saw, but it mostly amounts to 50-50 balls, and it gets less effective the more players the defense drops into coverage. I don’t know what the answer is except time — time for young players to develop, for injured players to get healthy and for new players to enter the pipeline.

Here are some of the more cringeworthy examples of the offensive line’s woes.

The first play is infuriating because Daniel Young was one Tristan Nickelson block away from going 64 yards for the touchdown. The play is dart — it looks like inside zone except the “frontside” tackle pulls and the back cuts back to follow him. Patrick Vahe is on the ground. Terrell Cuney starts getting worked once Jake McMillon moves on to the second level. And still, if Nickelson gets his body on his man, this is a long run. What else can you do?

The second play is zone read. It’s 3rd down, and Texas needs a damn yard. Shane Buechele reads it correctly and keeps the football. All he needs is for Derek Kerstetter to get in the way of a linebacker.

The third play is Twitter famous now (Cuney essentially did the same thing on another draw in the fourth quarter) so I’ll be brief. This can’t happen. The coaches are trying to help the line out by doing things to slow down TCU’s front, and they can’t even be bothered to execute those things.

Here’s one of those outlandish defensive line stunts that purportedly blew the minds of our linemen, I guess because they don’t watch film ever? Cuney is put in a position where he must — *gasp* — block a person coming right to him. He employs the old speed-bump technique, Buechele does a Sam Ehlinger impression, etc.

The second play came after a play I’ll discuss in another clip, but suffice it to say Texas had just gotten hosed. Still, they have a chance to score before the half, with the ball at the TCU 31. Buechele wants to throw quickly to Armanti Foreman on the quick out, but he doesn’t, probably because Kerstetter is being walked back into this face. (This isn’t obvious from the still shot in the video, but let it play; the pressure was very likely to affect the throw and result in a floater/potential pick six.) That’s bad news for Shane, because TCU’s pass rush only has to count to two-Mississippi. Oh, it’s another Tex twist stunt.

The next clip is from the ensuing play. The video speaks for itself.

The fourth play was discussed during the broadcast. There’s a 90 percent chance Lil’Jordan Humphrey was supposed to run a bubble screen, and probably an 80 percent chance he’d have converted the 4th down. Instead, it’s a … coverage sack, I guess?

Chuck and Pray

A few weeks ago when Collin Johnson lost his spot to Dorian Leonard, I posited as a reason that Johnson wasn’t making the tough catches that a big receiver is supposed to make. I said 6-foot-6 receivers are supposed to turn 50-50 balls into 70-30 balls. Herman bumped that up a notch after the game and said he considered them 75-25 balls. This is what they’ve been looking for from Johnson (and on the second play, from Humphrey).

What the diagram on Humphrey’s catch shows is how Quarters coverage handles vertical routes. The receiver on the solo side is double-covered. The outside receiver on the twins side is one-on-one. And the slot receiver is effectively doubled for the first 10-12 yards, but then he’s one-on-one with the safety. That’s the matchup Texas targeted on the second play.

They should have done it more often. I understand the impulse to throw 9 routes to Devin Duvernay, because you know he’s the fastest man on the field. But the defense knows it too, and every opponent so far has treated him as such. There is no point throwing a go route to him against this big of a cushion, especially when TCU is giving you the same matchup on the slot from the previous clip. Let your 6-foot-4 freak of a receiver, with the entire middle of the field to work, try to beat their 5-foot-10 safety, whose last name is literally Small. From just these clips, it should be clear how close Texas was to going into the half trailing 17-14.

What the (F)Eck?

Alan Eck, the official from the 2015 Oklahoma State-Texas game who I can only assume sleeps on a bed of T. Boone Pickens’ money, is now off taking bids in the NFL, but Saturday’s crew gave me flashbacks. We’ll focus on the two drive killers, again just to illustrate how close this game could have been.

The first clip depicts the hosing mentioned above. That man in the funny striped shirt and black pants is called the “umpire,” and one of his jobs is to identify penalties such as defensive holding that occur 15 feet in front of his face. Texas had been moving the ball pretty well on this drive, which started at their own 21. This penalty would have given them the ball at the TCU 21, and at least the chance for Buechele to get sacked three consecutive times instead of only two times.

“OK, but officials are human,” you say. “They miss fouls all the time. What’s the big deal?” And you’re right. EXCEPT THAT IN THIS CONTEST AND THIS CONTEST ONLY, THEY ARE ABLE TO REVIEW PLAYS AND CREATE PENALTIES THAT WEREN’T CALLED ON THE FIELD. I couldn’t find anything in the NCAA rulebook that allows officials to create offensive pass interference from instant replay. Instead of 1st & 10 at the Texas 39, the offense is pushed back to 2nd & 23 at its own 13. This kills the drive. It was still just a 10-point game at this point. Texas’ offense is pitiful enough without bad officiating conspiring against it.

Protect the Flats

Until the last touchdown, TCU’s offensive success was predicated on speed sweeps and the quick game to the flats, then countering when Texas overcompensated. We can pretty much walk through the first three scoring drives and see this.

TCU opens the game with a quick screen to the outside. Antwuan Davis did a nice job filling in for P.J. Locke, but he was late to react here. Easy yardage.

Later in the drive, TCU comes out in a quad set and Texas doesn’t get lined up. The DBs are playing off the line and are outnumbered. Davis does a better job here, but he can’t finish the play. Easy yardage, exacerbated by Holton Hill’s late hit.

The effects of this sideline-to-sideline attack manifest themselves in the next clip, where backside linebacker Malik Jefferson runs past playside linebacker Gary Johnson in pursuit of the sweep action. Mad props to Breckyn Hager for blowing up the right tackle and disrupting the puller, but this should have been a tackle for loss, not a five-yard gain.

Now that Texas is overrunning plays to the outside, TCU employs the counter: a gutsy throwback pass on 4th & 2. When you’re away from the action as Malcolm Roach is here, you’ve got to clear the bootleg, the cutback and the reverse before you join your friends in chasing the football. Play with discipline, and you could force the ballcarrier to take a TFL or risk throwing a pick. Hell, they didn’t score it as such, but this was actually a backward pass; play it right and maybe there’s a scrum to recover the fumble. The only bright spot to point out is the effort by Poona Ford. And maybe Chris Nelson’s laughably bad vertical.

To the second scoring drive.

In the first clip, TCU recognizes the blitz and throws the bubble screen. Hill is too timid — compare his action here with Davis’ in similar clips, including the next clip — and what should be about a one-yard gain turns into six or seven.

Next clip: quads (with a tight end as No. 4 this time) again, and again Texas isn’t set. Davis blows up the block and forces the ball back inside to the pursuit, but TCU needed only one yard for the first down.

The next play is quads again. Unlike in the previous video, this time Texas matches the numbers by walking Malik out and putting him on the line of scrimmage outside of No. 4. The result is pretty good. If the ball gets outside of Malik, there’s only three defenders (vs. two blockers) between the hashes and the sideline, an area that’s 20 yards wide. By forcing the receiver inside, between the hashes, Malik makes him try to evade between five and seven defenders in an area that’s only about 13 yards wide.

The next play, TCU lines up in … you guessed it: a quads set. By now, Todd Orlando is fed up with this gimmicky crap. Matching their numbers wasn’t enough to make them cut it out, so he throws one more player out there. (He can also do this because the fifth eligible receiver is in the backfield instead of split out on the opposite side, where he would necessitate a corner and, so far, a safety. With No. 5 in the backfield, the weak safety can come over and help to the four-receiver side.) What this means is that the weakside cornerback — Kris Boyd, in this case — is basically free to float around against the pass and make sure nothing gets thrown behind him. Instead, he and Malik are both totally mesmerized by the weakest play-fake ever, and the No. 4 receiver is able to stroll up the seam unmolested.

A couple of plays later, there’s another bubble screen. TCU motions the wing out and into a position where he can easily reach block Davis, but there’s no discernible adjustment from Davis or anyone else. Predictably, Davis is reached, and Brandon Jones has to run the play down near the sideline.

Despite having 1st & Goal at the 2, TCU wasn’t able to punch it in because, for the first time in a while, they couldn’t really handle Texas’ defensive front. So when they got the ball the next time, guess what they did.

Cuatro. At first it seems like Orlando has forgotten what was just working for him — there are only three DBs out there, right? Play it through, and you’ll see the weakside safety shuffle over the top and John Bonney, who was lined up in a gap to deter the run, sneak out there as an underneath defender. It’s really 5-on-4 again. Davis again does a great job. Help is slow to arrive, however, and it’s a nice gain.

The broadcast cut off the beginning of the next play, but we can get the gist by slowing it down. It’s another counter to go with the barrage of screens to the flats. Texas is in Cover 2 and Hill gets nosy, letting his man jog outside and down the sideline uninhibited. We’re blind to what Jones does, but based on the ground he covered between the moment he left the picture and when he returned, we can safely say a better angle would have put him in position to make a play on this ball. (For what it’s worth, remember that he’s a true sophomore who saw most of his action on special teams last year. I think he’ll get there.)

Now inside the red zone, TCU goes back to dinking around the flats. Kenny Trill whips the ball out there like a shortstop. It’s pretty good defense. We’ll save the breakdown that followed for the next video.

Basically Almost

I’m ignoring the first TCU touchdown because short-yardage plays are usually boring to dissect, and Texas played good defense. The little booger just dove over them.

This first clip is a comedy of errors. Texas looks to be running a zone blitz, bringing the nickelback and Mac linebacker off the edge and slanting toward the H-back. The blown assignments pile up in a hurry. Gerald Wilbon has a chance to follow the center to the football and make a Poona-like TFL, but he’s sluggish off the line — and then he gets reached by the backside guard! He winds up TWO gaps behind where he’s supposed to be. Taquon Graham, who is next to Wilbon, gets reached too. He’s also pushed a yard off the ball, which I’d like to say disrupted Gary Johnson’s path to the ball, but it didn’t. Because of Johnson’s bad angle (and Graham’s getting reached), the center is able to block him, and the H-back can move up to the safety.

Here’s how this should play out: Johnson slams into the H-back at the line of scrimmage, Graham DOES NOT get reached and gives the playside guard such a fit that the center has to help him out, and Wilbon gets off the ball while it’s still November and trails the center to the ball and the TFL. If you’re looking for a silver lining, the guys I just called out are a junior who’s only been in Austin since like July, a true freshman, and a true sophomore who’s exceeded all expectations so far.

Play two was, for me, the backbreaker. Get the stop on 4th & 1 and Texas takes over with maybe 70 yards to go, almost 4:30 on the clock and down by 10. It’s a long shot, but if Buechele connects on a couple long shots of his own, it’s possible. Anyway, this defense shouldn’t be surrendering 4th & shorts — especially not 4th-&-short touchdowns.

I’m not certain this is what went wrong, but I’ve got a strong suspicion. With a tighter angle, DeShon Elliott may have been able to make the tackle for no gain. I think Malik saw the huge gap in front of him created by Malcolm Roach failing at first to get to his gap and tried to fill that. But where it went awry, in my estimation, is on the frontside.

Chris Nelson knifed through the playside C gap and into the backfield, negating any chance that the ball could bounce outside. I think this is by design. I think he and Hughes were supposed to be exchanging gaps. With Hughes getting a base block from the tight end, he would fold inside to play the B gap, putting him in the path of the back. This is an inside zone-killing stunt, and TCU was running inside zone.

I’m not even going to talk about the missed tackle that followed.

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Commitment Spotlight: Tyler Owens

Texas has landed a commitment from highly coveted safety Tyler Owens. What does he bring to Todd Orlando’s defense?

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Following the “Stars at Night” camp in July, Texas extended several offers to prospects who impressed the coaches throughout the evening. One of those offers went to 2019 Plano East safety Tyler Owens, who won the fastest man competition. The Longhorns quickly became the front runner in his recruitment, and the intriguing prospect ultimately chose to shut down his recruitment and pledge to Texas.

Owens joins a secondary class that already has commitments from Mayfield (CA) S Chris Adimora, Grayson (GA) CB Kenyatta Watson II and Alvin CB Marques Caldwell. The 6’2, 202 pounder currently ranks as the 44th best safety in the country and the 631st player overall, according to the 247sports composite rankings. Owens chose the Longhorns over offers from 14 other schools, including Baylor, Houston, Nebraska and UCLA.

Player Information

Name: Tyler Owns
Position: S
High School: Plano East
City & State: Plano, Texas

Measurables

Height: 6’2
Weight:  202
40-yard time: 4.48
Shuttle: 3.29
Vertical: N/A

Statistics

No stats available.

Film

Tyler Owens Junior Season

Pros:

  • Very reliable tackler. Wraps up and takes good angles to the ball carrier. Good technique.
  • Has a knack for squaring ball carriers up and laying some pretty solid hits.
  • While his straight line speed isn’t as noticeable as it may be when he is in shorts, Owens definitely shows the ability to stick his foot in the ground and get downhill quickly.
  • Shows a good football IQ. Diagnoses plays well and knows where to be on the field.
  • Very good special teams player. Uses his speed to get down the field on kickoffs and always seems to find the ball.
  • Played very good competition. Had highlights against 6A state champion Highland Park and plays in the same district as state powerhouse Allen.

Cons:

  • Needs to continue to develop his ball skills. Shows the ability to defend the pass, but will need to work on getting his head around and finding the ball.
  • Positional fit. Owens best fit could be at linebacker after he spends a season or two in a college strength and conditioning program.
  • Tests extremely well, but you don’t see those athletic traits translating much to his tape.
  • Seems a little stiff on tape, so that will be something to take monitor when his senior tape comes out. Could factor in to where he projects long-term.

Summary

When you turn on the film for Owens, the first thing to stick out is how projectable he is. He could easily add weight and spin down to linebacker, which wouldn’t be bad at all considering his reliability as a tackler and how well he defends the run. It is easy to see why Todd Orlando and Craig Naivar like Owens. He has a nose for the football and his athleticism will allow him to be utilized in multiple ways. 2018 signee DeMarvion Overshown had a similar build to Owens coming out of Arp (6’3, 200 pounds), and there are definitely some similarities in the way the two  play.

If Owens sticks at safety, he will need to continue to work on defending the pass. His speed helps him tremendously when tracking down the ball in the air, but there will be a learning curve as he adjusts to the passing game at the college level. Owens possesses great athleticism, as seen by his testing numbers, but it is a bit concerning that you don’t see that explosiveness and twitch on tape much. Is he a combine warrior or does he just need more time in the incubator to unlock his potential? It will be interesting to see what the senior film beholds because it could be a solid indicator for what his development curve is.

Final Verdict

After hearing how Owens performed in the camp setting and watching his film, there should not be any doubts about whether he is a take for Texas. The loaded 2018 defensive back class should allow almost all the 2019 signees in the secondary to be eased into action. Owens has a very high ceiling, and the Texas coaching staff feels confident they can tap into his potential.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: TCU

The Longhorns had many positives and some negatives to analyze after a big win over TCU on Saturday

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For the second straight week, Texas physically outplayed a ranked opponent. The Longhorns opened Big 12 play with a 31-16 win over TCU. Similar to last week, the win featured a lot of good and not a lot of bad, but let’s take a look at some takeaways from an impressive victory over the Horned Frogs:

The Good

The Secondary

Entering Saturday’s contest, there were a lot of questions about how the Texas secondary would hold up against a TCU passing attack that featured several talented playmakers. The Longhorns defensive backs ended up surrendering only 197 passing yards to Shawn Robinson, and came away with three interceptions. Kris Boyd, Brandon Jones, Caden Sterns and Devante Davis all had big moments. Sterns in particular continues to shine as a freshman, recording both interceptions and playing well in run support. Boyd and Davis each had a few plays they would like to forget, but the duo played well overall.

Collin Johnson

It is no secret that Collin Johnson has the skill set to take over games at the receiver position, but #9 turned in one of his most memorable performances in a Texas uniform. Johnson recorded his 3rd 100+ yard game in his career, finishing the night with 7 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. In addition to his big game catching the ball, Johnson also had a huge block to help spring Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s  game-clinching 38-yard touchdown reception in the 4th quarter.

Johnson’s talent has never been in question, but Saturday’s performance proves that the junior can be a matchup nightmare and has what it takes to be Sam Ehlinger’s #1 receiver.

Turnover-Free Sam

For the third consecutive game, Sam Ehlinger played a turnover-free game. Don’t look now, but the sophomore has now thrown 8 touchdown passes compared to just 2 interceptions. Tom Herman commented after the game that a lot of Ehlinger’s progress is due to the offensive staff calling plays he is comfortable with and not asking him to do too much. There may not be a play that describes Ehlinger’s development more than his touchdown pass to Humphrey, where Ehlinger stood in the pocket, thought about bailing, but took a few steps back before finding Humphrey over the middle of the field.

The Bad

Slow Start

In 3 of the 4 games for the Longhorns this season, their opponent has scored on their first possession. Yesterday, the Horned Frogs drove down the field with relative ease before having to settle for 46-yard field goal by Jonathan Song. Although the sample size is still relatively small, the Texas defense needs to do a better job of settling down early in games and not letting their opponents draw first blood.

Short Yardage Situations

Facing a 4th and 1 in the second quarter, Texas did something that I haven’t seen since 2016: playing under center. The result? A pitch play on the short side of the field to Daniel Young that resulted in the loss of a yard. In real time, I agreed with the decision to go for it, but the play call and personnel that matched it were very questionable. It didn’t end up hurting Texas in the long run, but the offensive coaching staff needs to do a better job of sticking with what makes sense.

The Ugly

Special Teams

A week after nailing all 3 of his field goal attempts, Cameron Dicker came back down to Earth by making only 1 of 3 field goals, missing very badly on his final attempt. Ryan Bujcevski averaged 39 yards on 5 punt attempts, but it is obvious that Tom Herman does not have a ton of confidence in his punter. Herman chose not to re-kick following an offsides penalty on a punt, likely because he didn’t want to risk a possible block or a shank from the freshman. D’Shawn Jamison made a mistake on during a kickoff return, bringing out a kick that went 3 yards into the endzone, resulting in a short return and a holding penalty, forcing Texas to start a drive at their own 5.

Special teams mistakes have not cost Texas a game to this point in the year, but if the Longhorns plan on competing for a Big 12 title, they must make corrections. 

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Sights from the Texas win over #17 TCU

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The Texas Longhorns snapped a 4-game skid against the 17-ranked Horned Frogs on Saturday for their 3rd straight win. Texas defensive back Caden Sterns had 2 interceptions, and quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another. With his effort on Saturday night, Ehlinger became the first Texas quarterback since Colt McCoy (2008) with at least two passing TDs and one rushing TD in three consecutive games.

The Longhorns will travel next to Manhattan, Kansas to face the Kansas State Wildcats, where they haven’t won since 2002.

View sights from the Texas victory over TCU below.

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Texas drops #17 TCU 31-16

Tom Herman got his first signature win over Gary Patterson and TCU on Saturday

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The Texas Longhorns entered Saturday’s game looking to put an end to a nasty trend of losing to TCU — a team they have historically had their way with.  Recent history has proven this task difficult, with TCU winning five of six since joining the Big 12, including four straight against the Longhorns. As a Big 12 member, TCU has a perfect 3-0 record in Austin. On Saturday afternoon, the Longhorns emphatically ended the losing streak to Gary Patterson and TCU in front of 95,124 fans, proving they are a legitimate contender for the Big 12 Championship this season.

TCU began on offense after Texas won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Horned Frogs worked quickly behind quarterback Shawn Robinson, marching 46 yards on 8 plays. The drive was capped with a 46-yard field goal by Jonathan Song which gave TCU an early 3-0 lead over Texas.

Texas failed to answer Songs’s field goal on their first offensive possession, with freshman kicker Cameron Dicker missing his first field goal of the season on a 42-yard attempt.

The Longhorns would make up for it on their next possession, with quarterback Sam Ehlinger engineering a 65-yard scoring drive which was capped off by a five yard touchdown run by Tre Watson. Texas led TCU 7-3 at the 4:09 mark of the quarter, their first lead over the Horned Frogs in four years.

After two rushing plays on the next possession, Robinson would complete a 50-yard pass to Jalen Reagor, setting TCU up for a first and goal at the Texas 4 yard line.  The Texas defense held steady, forcing the Frogs to settle for a 23-yard field goal, Jonathan Song’s second of the day.

The Longhorns maintained a 7-6 lead after one quarter was in the books.

Cameron Dicker’s 34-yard field goal represented the first points of the second quarter, extending Texas’ lead to 10-6 over TCU.

TCU would take a 13-10 lead into the locker room at the half, on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Jalen Reagor.

Texas started the third quarter on offense but quickly went three-and-out.  On the next possession Robinson was intercepted by Brandon Jones, but the Longhorns would fail to capitalize.

Song extended the TCU lead to 16-10 at the 8:44 mark, making good on his 3rd field goal of the night, this time from 29 yards out.

Texas regained its lead with less than a minute left in the quarter after Sam Ehlinger found a stretched-out Collin Johnson in the end zone for the score. Texas led TCU 17-16.

On TCU’s next possession, Caden Sterns intercepted Shawn Robinson for the second time on the evening and returned it for a touchdown. After review by the officials, Sterns stepped out of bounds at the TCU 2 yard line.  Sam Ehlinger finished the short drive by taking the first down snap and running it in untouched for a touchdown.

Headed to the fourth quarter, Texas held a 24-16 lead over the Horned Frogs.

The fourth quarter belonged all to the Longhorns, who scored a lone touchdown courtesy of Sam Ehlinger to Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and played solid defense en route to a 31-16 win.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns in the win and rushed for one touchdown. Collin Johnson led the Longhorns with 124 yards receiving and one touchdown. The Texas offense totaled 367 yards of total offense compared to TCU’s 372.

Cade Sterns and Brandon Jones each had interceptions against TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson, who threw for 197 yards in the loss.

The Longhorns improve to 3-1 overall and are riding a three-game win streak, something they haven’t accomplished since the 2014 season.  Additionally, Texas defeated it’s second consecutive ranked opponent in two weeks.

While the win over TCU was important, Tom Herman knows he has a lot of work ahead if his team wishes to leave the Manhattan with a win next Saturday:

“We’re going to celebrate it, enjoy it, and we’re going to wake up tomorrow knowing we got to go on the road for the first time in a month against a Kansas State team that’s always, always tough to handle and especially when they’re playing at home. That is a tough, tough place to play. ”

Texas will travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Kansas State Wildcats next Saturday at 2:30 PM.

INJURIES

  • True freshman running back Keaontay Ingram returned to the field against TCU after missing the USC game with a knee injury. Ingram left the game in the first half after suffering a hip pointer. In his postgame presser, Herman said he doesn’t expect Ingram’s injury to be anything long-term.
  • Defensive back Jarmarquis Durst sustained a severe shoulder sprain.
  • Offensive lineman Calvin Anderson played through some knee issues in the game and will be evaluated on Sunday.

GAME NOTES

  • Texas improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12 Conference with the win
  • The Longhorns are now 3-1 for the first time since 2012
  • Saturday’s win marks the first time UT has beaten Top 25 teams in consecutive weeks since 2008
  • The Texas defense forced four turnovers in the win
  • Collin Johnson’s 100-yard receiving performance marked the second straight season, and seventh time in school history, that a Longhorn receiver has eclipsed the century mark against TCU.
  • Sam Ehlinger has 2,893 career passing yards, surpassing his high school coach Todd Dodge’s career passing mark for 15th all-time in school history.  Ehlinger also becomes the first Longhorn QB since Colt McCoy in 2008 with at least one passing and one rushing TD in three consecutive games.

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