It may not have felt like real life when the No. 19 Texas Longhorns were up 45-24 entering the fourth quarter. But then, the reality check hit and the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners quickly scored 21 unanswered points to tie it up. Everything about the last decade of Texas football was coming back to haunt us all.
Instead, the Longhorns answered with a remarkable game-winning drive and things turned out surprisingly different this time. All thanks to the right leg of freshman kicker, Cameron Dicker. Is this what the new reality of Texas football really feels like? Because damn, that felt good.
Dicker’s 40-yard game-winning field goal to give the Horns a 48-45 win over the rival Sooners earned him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Game-winning FG. Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. @camerondicker #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/bnjiRYtgDl— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) October 8, 2018
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.
Twelve true freshmen appeared in Saturday’s game. This is the highest number of freshman to play in a game for the Longhorns this season.
No freshmen were listed on this week’s injury report.
Cameron Dicker (K): After a couple of shaky performances the past two games, Dicker put his name into the Longhorn history books against Oklahoma. His name will be up there with Justin Tucker, Hunter Lawrence, and all the other great kickers that hit clutch game-winning field goals in big games. The Lake Travis product has a bright future here in his hometown.
Along with his game-winning 40-yard field goal, Dicker drilled a 44 yarder to put the Longhorns ahead 10-7 in the first quarter.
What a call it was from the most exciting announcer in the business: “It’s all on the shoulders of a freshman. Cameron Dicker. From 40 yards away. For the University of Texas and Red River immortality.....EARTHQUAKE. He hit it. Dicker the Kicker, 48-45 Texas.” Thank you, Gus Johnson.
DICKER THE KICKER FOR RED RIVER IMMORTALITY. pic.twitter.com/TxSd92mPpX— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 6, 2018
Season Stats: 7-10 FG (70%) — 2-2 20-29 yards, 1-1 30-39 yards, 4-7 40-49 yards, 23-23 XPs (100%)
The Golden Hat belongs to Texas. This t-shirt can belong to you. The victory will live forever.
Keaontay Ingram (RB): Week-by-week Ingram is developing into a more complete running back. He rushed for a season-high 86 rushing yards on 13 carries (6.6 YPC). If you take away a couple of those holding penalties, the freshman back probably tops 100 yards. Texas had no problem gaining quality yardage every time they went to Ingram.
The most impressive part of Ingram’s game this week was his ability to make the key block on designed quarterback runs for Ehlinger. Twice, Ingram was able to pick up the one block Ehlinger needed to get into the end zone. He’s playing at a very high level and looks to be one of the better freshman running backs in the nation, thus far.
Season Stats: 47 carries for 293 yards (6.2 YPC) — 2 TDs, 10 receptions for 39 yards
Texas TE Andrew Beck (No. 47) has the No. 3 run-blocking grade among Power-5 TEs.— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) October 6, 2018
Watch him seal the edge on this Sam Ehlinger TD run pic.twitter.com/TXQ3KfNORx
Brennan Eagles (WR-4): Eagles didn’t receive any targets in his first game back from a hamstring injury.
Season Stats: 1 reception for 35 yards
D’Shawn Jamison (WR/KR/PR): Oklahoma’s kicker Austin Seibert gave Jamison no chance to return any kicks as he booted every kickoff out of the back of the end zone. Jamison’s lone punt return went for a one-yard loss.
2 carries for -6 yards, 2 receptions for -15 yards, 9 kick returns — 21 YPR, 3 punt returns — 27.7 YPR - TD
Joshua Moore (WR): Moore didn’t receive any targets this week.
Season Stats: 7 receptions for 53 yards, one TD
Joseph Ossai (LB): The B-backer, who plays mostly on special teams, did not record any statistics.
Season Stats: 2 tackles
DeMarvion Overshown (LB/S-2): For the second game in a row, Overshown saw some action on special teams. He recorded his first career tackle.
Season Stats: 1 tackle
Anthony Cook (CB): Per usual, Cook was a special teams player in this one.
Season Stats: 2 tackles
Jalen Green (CB-3): Just like Cook and Overshown, Green was a part of the special teams.
B.J. Foster (S): Foster showed why he was the No. 1 ranked safety coming out of high school in the biggest game of the season. He looked like that dude that put on a show in the Under Armour All-American game back in January. He totaled six tackles, a sack, and two tackles for a loss.
On his sack, Foster blasted through an Oklahoma offensive lineman and maintained that aggression while on the ground to pull Murray down from the legs. A true five-star talent type of play.
While he didn’t get credit for a pass breakup on this play, the effort to make a play on this ball was outstanding. This could have been a game-changing play to put Oklahoma within a touchdown with plenty of time remaining. Instead, the Sooners were forced to punt and Texas marched down the field for another score their ensuing possession. This is the kind of back-end safety coverage the Longhorns need going forward.
This effort here from BJ Foster probably won’t get as much praise as it deserves, but was huge in that it prevented a potential 60-yard gain and forced a punt. pic.twitter.com/UAzoLdbxu0— Cody Daniel (@CodyDanielSBN) October 7, 2018
Season Stats: 9 tackles (8 solo), 2 TFL, 1 sack, INT, FF, PD
Caden Sterns (S): Sterns led the team with six solo tackles (seven total) and nearly had a diving interception. The freshman showed up and played a solid game in his first career Red River Showdown game.
One noticeable area Sterns can improve on is his tackling in open space and taking better angles. There were a couple of runs where he completely whiffed on the ball carrier. Against a team as fast as Oklahoma, it’s hard to fault him much for that, though.
Season Stats: 25 tackles (18 solo), 0.5 TFL, 3 INTs, Blocked FG, PD
Ryan Bujcevski (P): Bujcevski averaged 36.2 yards on four punts with a long of 45 yards.
Season Stats: 29 punts — 37.3 YPP, 7 downed inside the 20