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Oklahoma State brought a five-game winning streak at DKR into Austin on Saturday. The Cowboys left with a loss and the beginning of losing streak.
No. 12 Texas toppled the not-so-road-friendly Pokes, 36-30, in front of a sellout crowd at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.
All it took was UT (3-1, 1-0) winning on both sides of the ball, and if not for faulty special teams play, potentially a blowout in front of the packed crowd.
1. Devin Duvernay is that dude. At 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, the senior from Sachse has been an early blessing for the 2019 Longhorns. When Sam Ehlinger needed to replace Lil’Jordan Humphrey and his production in the slot position, Duvernay has stepped in and been record worthy. He had seven catches that converted third downs. He is one of two Longhorns with multiple 12-catch performances. With Collin Johnson a game-time scratch, Duvernay was needed that much more, and he delivered. He has 377 yards on 39 catches and four touchdowns this season. That’s production that has saved Ehlinger and the offense early on.
2. Texas won in the trenches. The Longhorns controlled the line of scrimmage, especially on the offensive side of the ball. OSU had five different drives end up inside the Texas 30-yard line, and they only produced three field goals. Chuba Hubbard had 121 yards rushing, but Texas didn’t let him break loose and beat them on the big play. On offense, the holes from zone were rushing lanes for Ingram, Johnson, and Ehlinger. Texas converted 3rd downs at a higher rate, but had almost identical marks in first downs (26), passing yards (281-268), and total yards (498-494). At the end of the day, UT’s defense bent but didn’t break. Touchdowns will always beat field goals.
3. No more worrying about running backs. At the end of fall camp, the depth chart for RBs was razor thin. Now, a healthy tailback, converted QB-to-RB, and a quarterback who likes to tote the rock seems to have the rushing game in order. Ingram went for a career-high 117 yards on the ground. Roschon made plays and scored. Ingram went over 1,000 career yards, the 53rd person to do that in UT history. Ehlinger added his 70th touchdown, fourth best total in school history.
4. The secondary needs fine tuning, but depth is a blessing. Montrell Estell, Chris Adimora, D’Shawn Jamison, Chris Brown, Brandon Jones. After more injuries hit the back end of the defensive set the youth and depth stepped up big. Estell snagged his first interception and added eight tackles. Brown grabbed his second pick. Jamison played the run extraordinarily. Adimora had a pivotal PBU and corralled the onside kick to clinch the win for Texas. Jones was there when they needed him. This group is growing while taking lumps against teams like Oklahoma State and Joe Burrow’s Tigers. The bye week is coming at the right time.
5. Speaking of which, going into the bye week after a win is huge. Texas has the momentum, a 1-0 conference start, and tons of confidence on the offensive side and defensive front. Injuries need to heal. Josh Thompson will likely miss some time. Caden Sterns is undetermined. Collin Johnson needs the extra rest, Zach Shackleford too. Joseph Ossai could use a few days. Texas will begin focusing on West Virginia soon, as a trip to Morgantown awaits. If UT can dispose of the Mountaineers, it’ll likely set up a Top 10 matchup in Dallas for the Red River Shootout. That’s Texas Football in 2019.
Also, what the hell with punt return? Otherwise, this is probably a Texas blowout.