In spite of being favored, the Texas Longhorns played poorly in their season-opener and lost to the Maryland Terrapins, 34-29
That’s the headline for the second consecutive year.
There’s a lot of blame to go around for why Texas struggled, whether it was the early play of the defense or the late play of the offense. However, there’s one thing that everyone agrees on — Texas needs to turn it around quickly or it’s in for another disappointing season.
Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger won the starting role and will hold it Saturday against Tulsa, despite two fourth quarter interceptions that ended the Longhorns comeback run late. He’ll be joined in the backfield by newcomers Tre Watson, who put together a solid 52-yard performance on 12 carries, and true freshman Keaontay Ingram, who averaged an impressive 6.2 yards per carry against Maryland.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane needed to piece together two comeback drives in order to top the Central Arkansas Bears, but even though they struggled, Tulsa managed to put together some impressive performances. Sophomore quarterback Luke Skipper managed the offense well, racking up 226 total yards and three touchdowns, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Golden Hurricane the lead in the fourth quarter.
Tulsa’s ground game continued to be electric as well, as they produced two 100-yard rushers for the third time in the last 11 games. The pair of sophomores Shamari Brooks and Corey Taylor II combined for 239 points, while Brooks added in two touchdowns to the performance.
It’s ridiculous to say that a game in the second week of the season is a “must-win,” but with the murderer’s row of USC, TCU, Kansas State, and Oklahoma looming on the horizon, Texas cannot afford another misstep Saturday.
- Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando expected better from his defense against Maryland.
“The first one, we kind of misread,” Orlando said. “It’s kind of like option football. You can rep it in practice, and then when you see it, live bullets, the speed of it caught us a little off-guard. There were a handful of other ones. It wasn’t a surprise.”
- Longhorn punter Ryan Bujcevski is still adjusting to the game after his first start.
- The Longhorn Republic tries to figure out what happened Saturday against Maryland.
- The Texas coaching staff is willing to work with Ehlinger as he continues to develop as a passer.
“Certainly Sam didn’t play perfect, but nobody did, and his errors weren’t egregious enough to merit just dumping him on the depth chart.”
- Corey Elliott is here to remind you that the Sky Is Not Falling, as he tries to reset expectations for the season.
- Expect to see more and more of Keontay Ingram as the season progresses, even though Texas made the choice to leave him on the sideline against Maryland during crunch time.
“I think you’ll continue to see his role progress and increase,” Herman said of Ingram. “There’s no doubt in my mind. I think in a close game, on the road, after an hour-long rain delay, I made the call.
Texas Injury Report:
- Junior safety Brandon Jones (ankle) - out
- Junior center Zach Shackleford (foot) - out
- Senior cornerback Kris Boyd (ankle) - probable
- Senior cornerback Davante Davis (neck) - probable
- Sophomore guard Patrick Hudson (heat) - out
How to Watch:
TV: Longhorn Network
Time: 7 p.m.
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: WatchESPN App
Weather: High of 87 degrees with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms
Odds: Texas (-23)