It’s clear this Texas Longhorns team is at least a year away from national contingency and Saturday night’s game depicted that. Along with some ridiculously poor officiating, which the team has no control over, the Longhorns were simply beat at many aspects of the game. They struggled against the Pokes’ up-tempo offense, missed many open-field tackles, and got it handed to them by star wide receiver Tylan Wallace.
In a game in which the defense was sub-par in many areas, freshman safety B.J. Foster had a standout game. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit took notice and was raving about the Angleton product throughout the night. Aside from a crucial missed tackle on quarterback Taylor Cornelius’ last touchdown run, his tackling pursuit in run-stops and on blitzes was particularly superb.
Along with Foster’s play, fellow freshman running back Keaontay Ingram notched his first career reception touchdown on a perfectly placed ball from Sam Ehlinger.
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. Ten true freshmen have surpassed that mark, so far.
After suffering a significant shoulder injury in practice earlier last week, wide receiver Joshua Moore announced he will be out for the rest of the season via Twitter. Moore finishes his freshman season with seven receptions for 53 yards and one memorable 23-yard touchdown against USC. Here’s to hoping for a successful recovery for the young man out of Yoakum.
We’ll be just fine, don’t worry..... pic.twitter.com/MTy48MJPz2— JoshuaMoore (@_TheJoshuaMoore) October 28, 2018
Keaontay Ingram (RB): Oklahoma State’s defensive game plan was designed to key in on Ingram and their run defense executed just that. Still, Ingram managed to gain 52 yards on 11 carries (4.7 YPC) with little room to work with. Trailing by 17 points with 5:07 left in the third quarter, the Longhorns desperately needed a score.
Ingram opened the drive with his longest run of the game, a 15-yard carry. Later in the drive, he capped it off by catching a perfect 22-yard touchdown pass from Ehlinger. Just like many times this season, when the Longhorns needed him most, they went to Ingram and he delivered. He finished the game with three receptions for 30 yards.
Outside of running the wheel route to a tee, the most impressive thing about this catch was Ingram’s ability to wait for the ball before sticking his hands out to catch it. Often times, the receiver will give away when the ball is coming to allow the defender to stick their hands out causing a deflection. The freshman running back times this one up perfectly.
Season Stats: 77 carries for 455 yards (5.9 YPC) — 2 TDs, 14 receptions for 71 yards — TD (5.1 YPC)
D’Shawn Jamison (WR/KR/PR): Inconsistency and poor decision-making from Jamison resulted in a shaky performance. He nearly had a turnover after letting a punt go straight through his hands. Luckily, an Oklahoma State player missed the initial recovery and Collin Johnson was there to fall on it. Brandon Jones took over the punt return duties for the rest of the game after this play.
Jamison was indecisive on whether to take the opening second-half kickoff out or not. He decided to take off after a short pause and only managed to make it to the 13-yard line.
In the spotlight on Saturday night, you have to expect these freshman mistakes and Jamison will learn from them as time goes on.
Season Stats: 2 carries for -6 yards, 3 receptions for 2 yards, 10 kick returns — 20.2 YPR, 7 punt returns — 11.7 YPR - TD
Joseph Ossai (LB): The backup B-backer was in on special teams once again.
Season Stats: 2 tackles
DeMarvion Overshown (LB/S-4): For the fourth straight week, Overshown received playing time on special teams.
Season Stats: 1 tackle
Anthony Cook (CB): With Kris Boyd and Davante Davis suspended for the first half, Cook got the nod and made his first career start. Unlike opposite corner Kobe Boyce, he enjoyed the luxury of not having to match up with Tylan Wallace. Cook had a solid game overall as he recorded two tackles.
Season Stats: 4 tackles (2 solo)
Jalen Green (CB): With this being his fifth game played in, Green’s potential redshirt was burned as he appeared on special teams.
B.J. Foster (S): Despite a missed tackle on Oklahoma State’s last touchdown, Foster was one of the lone bright spots defensively in this one. Foster has thrived playing the ‘Rover’ position in Todd Orlando’s defensive scheme this season. His best game yet came on Saturday night.
He totaled six tackles (three solo), a pass breakup, and a tackle for a loss. It seemed as if he was in on more tackles, but nonetheless, he had a noteworthy game facing a tough test.
Season Stats: 21 tackles (15 solo), 4.5 TFL, 1 sack, INT, FF, 2 PDs
Caden Sterns (S): Sterns played his part by totaling a season-high seven tackles (four solo) under the bright lights.
Season Stats: 33 tackles (22 solo), 0.5 TFL, 4 INTs, Blocked FG, PD
Cameron Dicker (K): While he didn’t get a chance to attempt a field goal, Dicker netted all five extra point attempts. With a converted onside kick or stop late in the game, there could have been some more Dicker the Kicker magic in the air to tie things up.
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, 30-30 XPs (100%)
Ryan Bujcevski (P): While it was still a bit of an up-and-down punting performance, the Aussie punter is starting to show his potential. He averaged 43.7 yards on seven punts. Bujcevski flipped the field a couple times in the second half and had a long punt of 55 yards.
40 punts — 39.5 YPP, 11 downed inside-the-20, 7 50+ yards