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Our 4 Texas-Oklahoma State pregame questions — answered

Posted October 21st, 2017

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Saturday, we looked at four questions that Texas was facing ahead of its matchup with Oklahoma.

Here’s how they played out:

1. Did we see Collin Johnson and Armanti Foreman?

Yes.

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Neither factored much, however. Johnson, who’s second on the team in receptions, finished with 3 catches for 24 yards; he was listed behind Dorian Leonard on this week’s depth chart. Leonard led the team with 4 grabs. Foreman, who hadn’t played in two weeks, got into the game as a punt returner and fielded a kick with 8:39 left in the game. It was his first touch since Iowa State.

2. Did Texas slow down OSU’s offense?

Yes.

Texas held the nation’s No. 1-ranked offense below its averages in total yards (610.7, but finished with 428), scoring (48.8, but finished with 13) and passing yards (411.2, but finished with 282) and actually turned the Cowboys into a relatively conservative attack. There was only one big chunk play — a 66-yard pass to Marcell Ateman, thanks to Brandon Jones falling down in coverage. Mason Rudolph’s string of consecutive 300-yard games was stopped at seven, and the Cowboys’ streak of scoring 20 or more points ended at 36 games. That was the longest active streak in the country.

3. Did a freshman stand out offensively?

No.

Toneil Carter started, but was a non-factor with only one carry for 3 yards. Cade Brewer had one catch for 15 yards but also was flagged for holding, which wiped out a 17-yard run by Chris Warren III that would’ve been Texas’ longest run of the day. Derek Kerstetter started his fourth straight game. Even Sam Ehlinger finished with lower-than-expected stats (22 of 36 for 241 yards and an interception, and 16 carries for a net of minus-10 yards, though he did have a short touchdown run.

4. Was Joshua Rowland trusted in a big moment?

No.

He would have, though, had Ehlinger’s final pass not been picked off to seal Oklahoma State’s win. Surely Rowland would have been asked to kick the short field goal and force a second overtime. In the first half, Texas went for it on fourth-and-1 at OSU’s 30-yard line over a 47-yard try from Rowland into the stiff south end zone breeze; Warren converted the first down. On the opening drive of the second half, Tom Herman opted for a 22-yard field goal rather than go for it on fourth-and-goal at the 4. Rowland’s kick gave Texas a 10-7 lead.

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