Texas beat Tulsa 28-21 on Saturday in its home opener, but the Golden Hurricane didn’t make things easy. The Longhorns had to ward off a late rally and used a nearly 5-minute drive to kill the clock.
After the victory, Herman addressed the media — including American-Statesman reporters Brian Davis, Danny Davis and Cedric Golden. Here is some of what he had to say.
“If we ever get to a point where we don’t celebrate wins then we haven’t done our jobs as coaches. Winning is heard. Really, really hard.”
On why the start of the season has been a struggle:
“We’re breaking in a whole new cast of characters. We’ve got a lot of youth on defense and there were times tonight on offense where we had a lot of youth as well. … The only issue that we continue to combat and we did for three quarters tonight, is the tension and pressing. In the fourth quarter I thought we did a good job with that.”
On whether pressure of playing at Texas is a reason for the team playing tight:
“I don’t think they’re struggling to handle pressure. Pressure is the uneasy feeling you get when you’re not prepared. They feel they’re prepared. It’s not the pressure of Texas that’s getting to them, it’s wanting to play well so badly for their teammates.”
On the play of quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who completed 21 of 27 passes for 237 yards and 2 touchdowns:
“He made some really good checks and really good throws. He had a drop on third down or else his completion percentage would have been better. He made a great read on the touchdown to Tre (Watson). He made good checks on third downs.”
“The only two guys who could not have finished the game: Anthony Wheeler got poked in the eye and had trouble focusing. Keaontay Ingram had a knee problem after getting tackled, we’ve got to get that evaluated (Sunday).”
On growth from the first game to the second game:
“We ran the ball better versus a three-man front. Credit to the offensive staff. One of the ways to help an offense play looser is to carry less. We carried less, we had a very good idea of what we were going to see and it held true. The short and immediate passing game was going to be very difficult because they drop eight deep. We knew we were going to have to push the ball deep in the seams, and we did that early in the game.”
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