The Longhorns made it unnecessarily close with three turnovers (two of them muffed punt returns), but pulled off a hard fought win against a game Oklahoma State team behind a fine offensive performance and some opportunistic defense.
Special teams? Well. We might want to rethink our hands team and give Brandon Jones and Jake Smith a little punt instruction. Yikes.
The key Longhorn defensive plays of the game were made by Malcolm Roach on a 4th and 1 stop near the Longhorn goal line where he threw the OSU guard five yards into the backfield to stuff a Chuba Hubbard run, and two excellent plays by Keondre Coburn, who created his own TFL run stuff on a key OSU 3rd down near scoring position and then had a tipped ball pass deflection that resulted in a Chris Brown interception. Terrific effort overall from Graham, Roach and Coburn playing in that tight front and constant double teams.
Offensively, the Texas OL won most of their battles, Keontay Ingram ran with assertiveness to the tune of 21-114 paired with a terrific effort on a 26 yard catch, and Sam Ehlinger was 20 of 28 for 281 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception and added a big 70 yards rushing on only 10 carries. His huge 3rd and 9 run conversion with 1:18 on the clock sealed the win for the good guys. Devin Duvernay had 12 catches for 108 yards and converted 3rd downs repeatedly. Brennan Eagles scored on a 73 yard coverage bust.
The Cowboys were able to move the ball on the Longhorn defense very effectively (and QB Spencer Sanders made errors but flashed star potential), but the second half effort from the Longhorn defense was largely betrayed by some foolish special teams turnovers and a couple of offensive sputters late. I saw some good things, but discipline, tackling, and an understanding of basic containment principles lacked.
The 3-1 Longhorns will get a well-earned rest before traveling to West Virginia on October 5th. Then it’s You Know Who in Dallas.
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