The No. 9-ranked Texas Longhorns prevailed on Saturday, edging out the Baylor Bears, 23-17. On a day where Sam Ehlinger left the game with a shoulder injury, multiple freshmen stepped up and made key plays in part to victory.
Keaontay Ingram topped 100 yards rushing, Caden Sterns had an interception leading to a field goal, and D’Shawn Jamison had a 17-yard reception to set up that field goal attempt right before halftime. With the help of these true freshman, the Longhorns now sit alone atop the Big 12 conference at 6-1 and 4-0 in conference play.
With the new NCAA redshirt rule, which allows players to play up to four games without burning a redshirt, expect the Longhorns to manage those numbers carefully. 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. Nine true freshmen have surpassed that mark, so far.
Joshua Moore didn’t play in Saturday’s game. He was dealing with an illness throughout the week. Freshman safety B.J. Foster earned a well-deserved first career start at safety this week.
Keaontay Ingram (RB): Ingram maneuvered his way for 110 rushing yards on 19 carries (5.8 YPC), both of which were career-highs for the freshman. In doing so, Ingram became the first 100-yard rusher for the Longhorns this season. He also added a two-yard catch.
With Ingram back at full strength, it’s safe to say 15-20 touches should be the average dosage per game going forward.
Amidst his overly impressive start, Ingram remains humble while challenging himself to continue to get better.
I asked #Longhorns RB Keaontay Ingram, #UT’s first 100-yard back of the season vs #Baylor, what grade he’d give himself through 7 games: “F. There’s so many opportunities I could’ve done more with.”— Chip Brown (@ChipBrown247) October 14, 2018
Season Stats: 66 carries for 403 yards (6.1 YPC) — 2 TDs, 11 receptions for 41 yards (3.7 YPC)
Brennan Eagles (WR): On a day where Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey corralled 18 of the team’s 24 receptions, Eagles saw little action at the receiver position.
Season Stats: 1 reception for 35 yards
D’Shawn Jamison (WR/KR/PR): Jamison’s first positive-yardage gain on the offensive side came at a crucial point in this game. With under 16 seconds left in the first half and the ball near midfield, the offense went to Jamison on a short crossing route. He made it look easy, quickly picking up 17 yards to set up a 47-yard field goal attempt. Dicker went on to make the field goal to put the Horns up 23-10 at halftime.
In the punt return game, Jamison had a rough showing, as he fielded three punts for a total of negative five yards.
Season Stats: 2 carries for -6 yards, 3 receptions for 2 yards, 9 kick returns — 21 YPR, 6 punt returns — 12.8 YPR - TD
Joseph Ossai (LB): The backup B-backer received playing time on special teams, but did not record any statistics.
Season Stats: 2 tackles
DeMarvion Overshown (LB/S-3): Overshown got reps on special teams for the third straight week.
Season Stats: 1 tackle
Anthony Cook (CB): Per usual, Cook was in on kickoff and punt coverage.
Season Stats: 2 tackles
Jalen Green (CB-4): Along with Cook and Overshown, Green appeared on special teams. One more game of action for Green means his redshirt will be burnt.
B.J. Foster (S): Foster made his first career start at safety on Saturday. The Todd Orlando led defense went to their lightning package by starting six defensive backs. Johnson and Wheeler were the two lone linebackers against Baylor’s air-raid attacking offense.
The exceptional tackling safety made the most of his debut, totaling six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss.
Season Stats: 15 tackles (12 solo), 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, INT, FF, PD
Caden Sterns (S): The ‘Wolf of DKR’ was at it again. Another impressive toe-tapping sideline interception bumped Sterns’ season total up to four interceptions. Sterns flashed former Texas safety DeShon Elliott’s joker celebration after the play.
Through seven games, his four interceptions tie the school’s season-high freshman interception record. It’s also good for a tie atop the Big 12’s interception leaders with Texas Tech’s Adrian Frye.
Outside of the interception, Sterns managed just one tackle on the day.
Caden Sterns gets his fourth pick of the season this afternoon. The Steele product ties a freshman record at UT. It's only Week 7. @Football_Steele pic.twitter.com/Kjfu1za5u1— Chase Shannon (@chase_shannon) October 13, 2018
Season Stats: 26 tackles (18 solo), 0.5 TFL, 4 INTs, Blocked FG, PD
Cameron Dicker (K): Last week’s hero connected on 3-out-of-5 field goal attempts against Baylor. He was a perfect 3-of-3 in the first half, converting from 35, 40, and a career-high 47 yards out. But, Dicker failed to hit a potential game-sealing field goal twice in the second half, missing from 34 and 51 yards out.
Season Stats: 10-15 FG (66.7%) — 2-2 20-29 yards, 2-3 30-39 yards, 6-9 40-49 yards, 0-1 50+ yards, 25-25 XPs (100%)
Ryan Bujcevski (P): Bujcevski had his best game yet in a Longhorn uniform. He averaged a booming 47.8 yards on four punts. Three of these punts were downed inside-the-20 and went for more than 50 yards. Outside of a shaky start for the Aussie, the special teams play has been exceptionally well this season. If Bujcevski can punt like this on a consistent basis, the special teams play will be complete.
Season Stats: 33 punts — 38.6 YPP, 10 downed inside-the-20, 5 50+ yards