Texas DC Todd Orlando and OL coach Herb Hand were available to reporters Wednesday night. Texas has yet to release a depth chart for its matchup against Kansas State, who presents an offense unique to the Big 12.
AUSTIN, Tx — As members of the same conference, Texas has one win at Kansas State. That win occurred 16 years ago when Texas was out-gained but not outscored by a Wildcat offense that had Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles leading the way.
With just over nine minutes left in the fourth quarter against TCU, Texas got the ball back on its own 24 with a one possession lead. Texas was presented the opportunity to run the clock, run over the opponent, and ice the game in two of the last three weeks.
AUSTIN, Tx — In its last two home games, Texas went into halftime against ranked opponents in a close game where the second half would determine the outcome. And on both occasions, UT (3-1, 1-0) earned decisive victories, only this time it opened Big 12 play and ended a four-game skid against the TCU Horned Frogs.
Both starting quarterbacks in Saturday’s matchup between Texas and TCU are making their first career starts against their opponent. Texas’ Sam Ehlinger missed last year’s game in Fort Worth due to injury, while TCU’s Shawn Robinson was behind Kenny Hill on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean the Longhorns don’t know what Robinson is capable of doing in TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s offense.
48-10. 50-7. 31-9. 24-7.
Texas’ current losing streak to the No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs is indicative of a couple different things.
While the Texas football program thrives on talent grown within the state’s borders, it also searches outside of the promised land in order to find players willing to emigrate from their home-state to don the burnt orange and white.
Texas head coach Tom Herman might just repeat that “winning is hard” until he’s doing something other than serving as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. In the short term, defeating a No. 22 USC Trojans team in Austin will be no easy task. It will be even more difficult with one of his star freshmen rushers “probably doubtful.” As a result, a heavy rushing burden will rest upon someone playing just his third game in burnt orange, graduate transfer Tre Watson.
Three rushers with more than 50 yards, two total rushing touchdowns, and 241 total yards on the ground at 5.1 yards per carry? Check. 21-of-27 passing with no interceptions for 237 yards and 8.8 yards per attempt? Check. Out-gaining the opponent, winning the turnover margin, and having the opponent miss all three of its field goal attempts? Winning the time of possession battle by nearly nine minutes? Check and check.
Texas doing all that and the result being a 28-21 win over Tulsa? Check?
As often as he can repeat it when asked, Texas head coach Tom Herman emphasizes how important ball security is in his football program.