After paving the way for the Texas Longhorns 48-45 Red River Showdown win over the Oklahoma Sooners, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has earned honors as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while kicker Cameron Dicker was recognized as Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.
In what amounted to arguably the best performance of his Longhorn career, Ehlinger completed 24-of-35 attempts for 314 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 19 times to add another 72 yards and three touchdowns with his legs.
Ehlinger also hauled in one reception for eight yards, bringing his total offensive contributions on the afternoon to 394 yards, which is a school record performance for any effort in the Red River Showdown. Furthermore, Ehlinger has now attempted 163 consecutive passes without registering a single interception — a streak that spans five games. That, too, is now a school record, as Ehlinger surpassed Chris Simms (156) on Saturday.
Ehlinger has now completed 132-of-202 attempts this season for 1,499 yards and 11 touchdowns with only two interceptions, which each came in the fourth quarter of a season-opening loss to Maryland. The sophomore has also added 225 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
Dicker, of course, converted the game-winning field goal attempt from 40 yards, allowing the Longhorns to recapture the lead, 48-45, with only nine seconds to spare.
“I knew I was going to make it,” Dicker said after the game.
Dicker also made a 44-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter to provide Texas with its first lead of the afternoon, 10-7, in addition to converting each of his six extra point attempts.
The true freshman has now made 7-of-10 attempts this season and each of his 23 extra point attempts have sailed through the uprights.