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#19 Texas survives #7 Oklahoma 48-45

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger accounts for 5 touchdowns in the win

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The Texas Longhorns (5-1, 3-0) lost their last two games to rival Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1) by a combined 10 points. Determined to not let today be another close one that got away, Texas defeated its north of the border rival 48-45, thanks to Cameron Dicker’s 40 yard field goal with :09 left in the game.  The Longhorns survived a furious comeback by Kyler Murray and the Sooners, who trailed Texas by as many as three touchdowns after three quarters of play.

Sam Ehlinger threw for 314 yards, including two touchdowns and no interceptions.  Ehlinger also ran for three scores, sealing #19 Texas’ win and improving  to to 5-1 on the season. The Longhorns haven’t won five straight since 2009, and now have a legitimate path to a Big 12 Championship and possibly more.

Are they back?

There is still half a season left, but as Tom Herman says, his team has made “tremendous progress.”

While the win wasn’t resounding, it was a win.  And it was an important one.  Texas goes 1-0 again this week, meeting Herman’s goal for the 5th straight week after losing the season opener to Maryland.

Texas won the coin toss and opted to defer to the second half.  Oklahoma and Kyler Murray wasted no time in getting things started.  Murray marched the Sooners downfield in 4 plays before finding Tight End Grant Calcaterra in the end zone. The play was ruled incomplete as officials ruled Calcaterra did not maintain possession when hitting the turf.  It didn’t matter much – Murray found Trey Sermon for 24 yards and followed that up with a 4 yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown from four yards out.  At the 12:20 mark, Texas trailed Oklahoma 7-0.

Sam Ehlinger orchestrated a 5 play, 75 yard scoring drive on the Longhorns’ first possession to answer the Oklahoma score. After consecutive deep passes to LJ Humphrey and Collin Johnson, Humphrey found Johnson from 2 yards out for the touchdown.  With 10:14 left the score was tied at 7-7.

The Longhorns would quickly get the ball back on Oklahoma’s next possession, courtesy of junior safety Brandon Jones.  Jones intercepted Murray and returned it to the Sooner 29 yard line. The officials would tack on an additional 15 yards after a personal foul on the return.  Texas wouldn’t find the end zone but managed to capitalize on the turnover and take a 10-7 lead on Cameron Dicker’s 44 yard field goal.

Oklahoma responded with a field goal of their own to start the 2nd quarter after the Texas defense held the Sooners. Austin Siebert’s 32 yard kick split the uprights and tied the score at 10-10 with 14:56 left.

Texas would account for the next two scores, putting a pair touchdowns on the board to take a 24-10 lead.  Tre Watson hauled in a Sam Ehlinger pass for 28 yards and the score to put the Longhorns up 17-10.  On Oklahoma’s next possession the Texas defense forced a three and out, setting up the the next scoring drive.

After a heavy dose of Keaontay Ingram who barreled forward for 25 yards on 3 carries, the Longhorns employed a bit of trickery. Lil’Jordan Humphrey found Sam Ehlinger for 8 yards to the Oklahoma 9 yard line. Ehlinger would reach the end zone on the following play on a keeper. Texas led 24-10 with 5:12 remaining in the half.

With :28 left in the half, Oklahoma wideout CeeDee Lamb would cut the Texas lead to 24-17, finding the end zone from 5 yards out on a short pass from Murray.

On the first drive of the second half the Longhorns would strike again after converting a key 4th down to keep the drive going. Ehlinger would barrel in from 5 yards out to make the score 31-17 with 10:26 left in the quarter.

As expected, Murray answered. This time on a 77 yard pass to Marquise Brown which ended a 3-play, 83 yard scoring drive.

After punting to the Sooners, the Texas defense forced a fumble on Murray, his second turnover of the day, recovering the ball at the Oklahoma 23 yard line. Sam Ehlinger would convert the turnover into a rushing touchdown from the Sooner 2 yard line, good for his third rushing score of the day. With 6:21 left in the third quarter, Texas led 38-24.

Ehlinger extended the Texas lead to 45-24 on a 24 yard touchdown pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey with :56 left in the quarter.

Oklahoma immediately began their comeback, scoring three consecutive touchdowns on three offensive possessions.  With 2:38 remaining in the game, Texas saw a three touchdown lead evaporate and the game tied at 45-45.

The Longhorns held the last possession of the game, eventually setting up true freshman kicker Cameron Dicker for a game-winning 40 yard field goal.

Dicker delivered, splitting the uprights and sending the Longhorns to a 48-45 win over the Sooners.

Texas running back Keaontay Ingram led the Longhorns in rushing with 86 yards on 13 carries. Lil’Jordan Humphrey scored one touchdown and racked up 133 receiving yards to lead his team in receiving.

Kyler Murray finished with 304 yards passing and four touchdowns for Oklahoma. He also added a rushing touchdown and 92 yards on the ground. Sooner wide receiver Marquise Brown tallied 9 receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns to lead Oklahoma in receiving.

Texas will host Baylor at Darrel K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin next Saturday at 2:30 PM.

Game Notes

  • Texas improved to 5-1 overall for the first time since the 2009 season
  • The Longhorns are 3-0 in the Big 12 Conference for the first time since 2013
  • 48 points is the most points Texas has ever scored against Oklahoma
  • Texas improves its record to 62-46-5 all-time against the Sooners
  • Sam Ehlinger’s 314 passing yards are the fourth-most in school history against Oklahoma
  • Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s 133 receiving yards were the fourth-most against the Sooners in school history

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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Top Plays: Texas vs. Baylor

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The Texas Longhorns held on to beat the Baylor Bears 23-17 last Saturday in Austin to win their sixth straight game, improving to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in Big 12 play.  Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger left the game with a shoulder injury on the opening drive and was replaced by junior Shane Buechele. Buechele, who saw his first action on the field since the Longhorns’ bowl game against Missouri last December, finished 20-34 with 184 yards and one touchdown.  True freshman running back Keaontay Ingram surpassed the century mark on the ground, the first in his career, amassing 110 yards on 19 carries.

Texas scored all of its points in the first half and held a 23-10 lead over Baylor at the half. The Bears scored a touchdown in the third quarter to cut the lead to 23-17 and held possession of the ball on the final drive of the game. Todd Orlando’s defense held steady as Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer was pressured and threw a last-effort pass out of the Texas end zone as the game clock expired.

Place your vote for Texas’ top play in the win over Baylor.

Shane Buechele’s 44-yard TD pass to Collin Johnson (4:21 – 2nd quarter)

 

LJ Humphrey’s quarterback keeper for a TD (1:12 – 2nd quarter)

 

Caden Sterns intercepts Charlie Brewer (:44 – 2nd Quarter)

 

Texas defense pressures Brewer on final play of the game (:01 – 4th quarter)

 

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Texas Football 2019 full schedule released

The Longhorns host LSU at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 7

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The Big 12 Conference released the 2019 football schedules for all ten conference schools on Thursday.  The Longhorns’ schedule includes three non-conference games, two of which are against teams from Louisiana. Notably, Texas will host the LSU Tigers on September 7th after a home season-opener against Louisiana Tech, and will complete non-conference play against former Southwest Conference opponent Rice at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Texas will host Texas Tech on Friday, November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving, to wrap up the season.

Full schedule can be found below.

2019 Texas Football Schedule

Aug. 31—Louisiana Tech
Sept. 7—LSU
Sept. 14—at Rice (NRG Stadium)
Sept. 21—Oklahoma State
Oct. 5—at West Virginia
Oct. 12—vs Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl)
Oct. 19—Kansas
Oct. 26—at TCU
Nov. 9—Kansas State
Nov. 16—at Iowa State
Nov. 23—at Baylor
Nov. 29—Texas Tech

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Baylor

Texas narrowly escaped with a victory against Baylor on Saturday, and there are several areas that the Longhorns must clean up to stay atop the Big 12

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Another week, another close ballgame that came down to the final drive for Texas. The Longhorns found themselves behind the eight ball when Sam Ehlinger exited the game with an injury in the 1st quarter, and Baylor ended up giving Texas all they could handle. Regardless, Texas is now 6-1 and sits alone atop of the Big 12 conference standings. The Longhorns will gladly welcome the bye week as they prepare for the final stretch of the season. Let’s take a look at the good and the bad from a 23-17 win over the Bears:

The Good

Texas finally has a 100-yard rusher

For the first time in the Tom Herman era, Texas had a 100-yard rusher. Freshman Keaontay Ingram finished the afternoon with 110 yards on 19 carries. It’s hard to believe it had been 20 games since the Longhorns had someone surpass the 100-yard rushing mark, but it is only appropriate Ingram was the one to break the streak. Ingram continues to see an uptick in touches and has proven to be the best running back on the roster.

Collin Johnson continues to dominate

Texas now has a good problem on their hands. Collin Johnson is playing himself into position to be a potential high NFL draft pick, and I don’t think you will find many people who are upset about it. Johnson has cemented himself as a number 1 receiver after turning in another great performance on Saturday, hauling in 11 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. The biggest improvement he has made from his first two seasons is his physicality. Johnson has proven to be reliable going over the middle of the field while also also improving his ability beat corners off the line of scrimmage.

The Bad

Punting

It’s hard to find a lot of negative when you look at Ryan Bujcevski’s stat line: 47.8 yards per punt and 3 punts inside the 20. Unfortunately, the stats do not tell the full story. Texas continues to have major issues getting punts off in a timely manner, and I am beginning to think it is more on Bujcevski than the protection unit. The Aussie takes far too long to get the ball off his foot once he receives the snap. Baylor nearly had a block yesterday, and it is a minor miracle the Longhorns have not had a punt blocked this year.

Opening drive scores

The Texas defense has had a tough time stopping opponents on their opening drives this season. In the 7 opening drives opponents have had against the Longhorns this year, 5 have ended in either a touchdown or field goal. Todd Orlando has stressed the importance of starting fast on defense, but a trend has emerged.

Cameron Dicker comes back to earth

Cameron Dicker carried over his momentum from his game winner against Oklahoma, going 3 for 3 on field goals in the first half, including a 47-yarder to end the half. The second half was a different story. Dicker missed a 34-yard attempt late in the 4th quarter that would have given Texas a 9-point lead. He followed it up with a miss from 51 yards. It has been a roller coaster ride for Tom Herman as he tries to manage the punting and kicking unit, but it’s hard to expect anything less since he is having to trot out a true freshman punter and kicker.

The Ugly

Zero second half points

The Longhorns had 5 drives in the second half — 2 ending in punts, 2 in missed field goals and one with an interception. Similar to the Kansas State game, the Texas offense moved the ball at times in the second half but were hurt by the inability to finish drives. Tom Herman and the offensive staff have shown improvements in making halftime adjustments, but the staff failed to put Shane Buechele and the offense in a position to finish off drives against a Baylor defense that ranked at or near the bottom of the Big 12 in nearly every major statistical category.

Sam Ehlinger’s injury

Texas fans now have a greater appreciation for Sam Ehlinger after watching the offense try to operate for almost 4 full quarters without him. Shane Buechele is considered a quality passer, but he fails to bring the running dimension to the offense that Ehlinger brings. The Longhorn offense is built around Ehlinger, and if he were to miss any extended period of time, it would not be good. If he is healthy enough for Oklahoma State, he needs to play. The Texas offense is not good enough to plug in the backup and rest the starter, even against a team like Oklahoma State.

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Ehlinger’s MRI results show shoulder sprain

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Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger left the Baylor game in the opening series after suffering a shoulder injury.  Ehlinger left for the locker room to be evaluated and was replaced by backup Shane Buechele.  He returned to the field but remained on the sideline with a headset on for the duration of the game.  The Longhorns, behind Buechele, held on to defeat the Bears 23-17 and improved to 6-1 overall on the season.

In his postgame media availability, head coach Tom Herman expressed uncertainty about the injury to his sophomore quarterback, who led the Longhorns to five straight wins before the injury.

“I think any time you hurt a throwing shoulder, my level of concern is greater than zero, but I don’t know enough. I’ve got to be educated more on it.”

Ehlinger’s MRI results revealed a first degree sprained shoulder, which is good news for the Longhorns, who travel to Stillwater in two weeks to face Oklahoma State.

Ehlinger has thrown for 1,534 yards and 11 touchdowns this season with just two interceptions. He has also rushed for 230 yards and 6 touchdowns.

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