It looked like this one was going to be all Texas from start to finish until Bill Snyder ball grinded out a couple of touchdown drives to keep it close. Credit to Kansas State for putting up a fight but this marks another step in the right direction for this Texas Longhorns team.
Freshman speedster D’Shawn Jamison made the play of the game by returning a punt 90 yards for a touchdown. This play quite possibly could have been the difference between a win and a loss considering the way the rest of the game played out. Overall, it was a tone-setting play on the road and it earned him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Tom Herman always emphasizes that fact that you have to play your best athletes on special teams and we saw that on the Jamison return. Anthony Cook, DeMarvion Overshown, and Jalen Green were all there with Jamison to celebrate in the endzone. A key block by Cook sparked that return.
With the new NCAA redshirt rule, which allows players to play up to four games without burning a redshirt, expect the Longhorns to utilize different freshmen safeties for each game. To keep track of the new redshirt rule, the number of games that each player has appeared in will be listed next to their position. This will be updated game-by-game. If there is no number listed next to their position, this means they’ve already exceeded the four-game limit and can no longer redshirt.
Brennan Eagles (hamstring) and B.J. Foster (concussion) missed Saturday’s game. Eagles should be ready to go and Foster has to make it through practice to play against Oklahoma.
Keaontay Ingram (RB-4): When the Texas offense needed him most, Ingram came through. Just like against TCU, where the offense almost looked lifeless and faced with a crucial game-changing drive, they went to the freshman running back. Up 19-14 with just over six minutes to go, the Longhorns were able to milk the rest of the clock in part to Ingram’s 15 yards on four touches. This may not seem like much but given the circumstances, but he got the job done.
Ingram finished with 10 carries for 68 yards and had five receptions for 27 yards. He has clearly looked like most complete running back on the team thus far. It’s understandable that the staff limited his carries given the injury problems, but against Oklahoma, that amount needs to be higher.
Season Stats: 34 carries for 207 yards (6.1 YPC) - 2 TDs, 10 receptions for 39 yards
D’Shawn Jamison (WR/KR/PR): Jamison got the Longhorns on the board with an electrifying 90-yard punt return for a touchdown early on. He retreated back to catch the punt, showed some elusiveness by making two guys miss, and turned on the jets to take it back for six. This 90-yard punt return marks the fourth-longest return in school history. He also managed an 18.5-yard average on two kick returns.
The only negative from Jamison in this one was he tried to extend a play that wasn’t there and lost 14 yards by doing so. The play-calling has looked very predictable when the offense tries to get the ball into his hands.
Season Stats: 2 carries for -6 yards, 2 receptions for -15 yards, 9 kick returns - 21 YPR, 2 punt returns - 42 YPR - TD
Joshua Moore (WR): Moore caught two passes for a total of 10 yards. Behind all the starting wide receivers, he seems to be the first go-to-guy off the bench from this group.
Season Stats: 7 receptions for 53 yards - TD
Joseph Ossai (LB): Ossai recorded a solo tackle in a game for the third time this season.
Season Stats: 3 tackles
DeMarvion Overshown (LB/S-1): Now fully recovered from a knee injury, Overshown saw his first game action on special teams Saturday.
Anthony Cook (CB): Just like Overshown, Cook received reps on special teams.
Season Stats: 2 tackles
Jalen Green (CB-2): Green appeared in his second game on special teams.
Caden Sterns (S): For the first time since the Maryland game, Sterns went a game without forcing a turnover. He totaled three solo total tackles on the day. Despite leaving the game with a stinger for a couple plays, he’s not listed on this week’s injury report.
Season Stats: 18 tackles (12 solo) - 0.5 TFL - 3 INTs - Blocked FG - PD
Cameron Dicker (K): Dicker split and went 1-for-2 on field goal attempts. He connected from 28 yards out and missed a 48-yarder. Anything above 40 yards is going to be a tall task for a freshman kicker but he’ll need to make some of those going forward.
Season Stats: 5-for-8 FGs (62.5%), 17-for-17 XPs (100%)
Ryan Bujcevski (P): Bujcevski punted four times for an average of 36.7 yards. This average is a bit slighted because he pinned Kansas State inside their own 15-yard-line twice. The reoccurring theme of struggling when punting from his own end zone continued after he hit 35-yard punt while backed up.
Season Stats: 25 punts - 37.5 YPP, 7 downed inside-the-20
Other true freshman who appeared in games this season:
B.J. Foster (S-4)