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Sound Off: Grading Sam Ehlinger and the Texas defense after the USC game

Posted September 21st, 2017

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In this week’s “Sound Off” presented by Zaxby’s, you’ll want to have the sound on as we go over Texas’ 27-24 double-overtime loss to USC out in Los Angeles.

The defense had one of its best performances in years against the Trojans, bottling up running back Ronald Jones II for most of the game. Freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger started a little shaky but got better as the game wore on in just his second collegiate start. Overall, it was a solid night, plus we spent some time at the beach.

  • Just how well did that defense play? Safety DeShon Elliott had two interceptions, including a pick-six. Linebackers Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler both came to play after two lackluster games. The defensive line, led by Poona Ford, also had a solid day and provided constant pressure on USC’s Sam Darnold. (1:15)
  • Speaking of quarterbacks, just how well did Ehlinger do? He lost the ball in a pile-up in double overtime and threw two costly interceptions. But Ehlinger still had the Longhorns in the game at the end, throwing touchdown passes to Armanti Foreman and Cade Brewer. So why did coach Tom Herman already say that Shane Buchele would go back to work with the first team prior to facing Iowa State? (2:20)
  • Fans have been asking why didn’t Texas use running back Chris Warren III more late in the game, especially in double overtime. We look at possible reasons for that, and wonder why UT’s quarterbacks have been the team’s leaders in rushing attempts in two of three games? (6:12)
  • Just how dangerous is Iowa State really? Well, if you saw the 2010, 2013 and 2015 games, you’d know the Cyclones are always locked and loaded whenever they face the Longhorns. We take an early look at the Big 12 opener scheduled for Sept. 28. (8:22)

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