From the first drive to the last drive, Texas Longhorns freshman quarterback Shane Buechele was the picture of calmness and poise as he helped lead the ‘Horns to a monumental victory in his college debut against the No. 10-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
In all, Buechele completed 16-of-26 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 33 yards and a touchdown on the ground, including several crucial runs at the end of the game when he made quick decisions on zone reads or scrambles.
The wide receivers didn’t always help out the Arlington Lamar product, but Buechele’s passes to junior Armanti Foreman for the first Texas touchdown, his 68-yard pass to former quarterback Jerrod Heard, and his 72-yard connection with sophomore John Burt were all things of beauty that perfectly showcased Buechele’s superior touch.
There’s a reason why Trent Dilfer compared the mechanics of Buechele to Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. There’s a reason why senior safety Dylan Haines mentioned that Buechele had even improved with his touch over the last few weeks.
It’s there. After all the hype and the Summer of Shane, it felt like it would be hard for the freshman to live up to all of that. Yet, he did. And then some again.
The Longhorns are 1-0 after the biggest win in years and it feels like a great time to believe.
Thanks, Shane. That's a helluva first chapter to your legacy.
Can't wait for the next ones.