Survive and advance.
What a game it was on Saturday out in Lubbock. It shouldn’t have been that close whatsoever but as long as the Horns come out with a victory that’s all that matters. It was definitely a game of wild offense and we expect nothing less to come from a friendly Big 12 Rivalry.
Ladies and gentleman, Sam Ehlinger is the man. I’ve said this repeatedly the past 10 weeks but goodness gracious, the QB play from this guy gets better and better every week. Is there still flaws in his game? Absolutely. But the flaws are really being overshadowed by all the strengths that he’s been showing this year. He continues to walk out basically every week and account for at least 3-4 TD’s. It really helps when you have a “DUDE” at WR that goes by Lil’Jordan Humphrey. In a game where dominant WR’s were abundant LJH made his claim for best WR in the Conference. Another solid performance by Devin Duvernay who was able to provide that extra set of trustworthy hands with Collin Johnson being out for the game. Duvernay along with Jerrod Heard provided those extra catches and looks that Johnson would take from the defenses. The offense was able to rush from a net of 157 yards which is 46 yards lower due to the 5 sacks of Sam Ehlinger. 203 yards gained on the ground is another dynamic performance by all 3 of those main rushers on our team. Keontay Ingram once again led the way with 80+ yards and 1 TD. Tre Watson and Ehlinger both chipped in 55+ yards on the ground and really establish that ground attack when we needed to.
Also want to give a S/O to Malcolm Epps for getting his first career catch as a collegiate WR. This kid can be very special for us in the future if he’s able to grow into his body and add some extra LBS.
What has gone wrong for Todd Orlando and the boys since the 4th quarter of the OU game? I personally believe it’s a collection of many different things than have aided this struggle as of late. For one we avoided the injury bug all year up until the end of the OU game. Now since then it feels as if at least 4-5 of our defensive starters are going to be gametime decisions every week.
-PJ Locke III
All of these players have missed time due to some sort of injury in the last 4 weeks. When you take a step back and look at this, it could be as simple as not having your guys out there. But then again, if we want to be an ELITE program again then we have to be able to have the next man up mentality and be ready when their name is called.
To this game last weekend though, I personally believe Davante Davis had his best game of his career at Texas. Being able to contribute with 2 turnovers forced on his own (1 fumble, 1 interception) was huge also along with being able to play downfield and have multiple tackles for loss was really crucial to a secondary that needed somebody to step up big. After David was injured, Anthony Cook had to come in and replace Davis at CB. Cook listed at 6’ 0” was tasked with the difficult assignment of shadowing TJ Vasher who is listed at 6’ 6”. Cook struggled the rest of the evening but that’s been something that Vasher has taken advantage of all year. (S/O 940 and Wichita Falls) Along with Davis, Gary Johnson also was huge for the Longhorns. Johnson being able to patrol sideline-to-sideline is so crucial for a defense that wants to be successful in this conference. Team high 9 tackles and also 1.5 sacks were something that we needed in a game of this caliber. When all is said and done, Todd Orlando has the talent around this defense when fully healthy to be a big-time defense. Let’s hope we can turn it around with a few weeks left in the season.
Cameron Dicker was again perfect on PAT’s (5-5) and FG’s (2-2, 52yds and 46yds)
Honestly, that’s about the extent of any important special teams play lol
Ryan Bujcevski punted 3 times and none were downed inside the 20 yard line, although field position didn’t play much of a factor in this game, I do believe Bujcevski has gotten better throughout the year and will continue to grow.
Saturday November 17th & 7:00pm CST on Longhorn Network (Wondering if Big Brother, ESPN takes over rights and gets the game instead)
#18 Iowa State Cyclones (6-3, 5-2) @ #13 Texas Longhorns (7-3, 5-2)
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas
Another important game for the Longhorns, as they play their 500th game at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium on Senior Night in Austin. The Longhorn Nation fanbase, I fully expect to be out in full-force once again at I predict another sellout crowd of 100,00+.
It’s time to put up or shut up. We need to continue to handle our business and hope that WVU can beat OU in Morgantown the day after Thanksgiving.
Which UT defense will show up?
Will Brock Purdy continue his dominance?
Will Ehlinger continue to be out of this world good?
This is going to be one physical football game. I think one thing that will definitely hurt ISU is not having their All Big-12 performer in David Montgomery for the 1st half due to his suspension/ejection against Baylor last weekend.
Texas Longhorns – 31
Iowa State Cyclones – 17