Shane or Sam? After Texas beat Kansas State 40-34 in double overtime on Saturday night, the debate raged on over who should be the starting quarterback for the Longhorns moving forward.
Freshman Sam Ehlinger got the start over Shane Ehlinger, who sprained his ankle the week prior against Iowa State. Ehlinger threw for 380 yards and rushed for a team-high 107 yards.
After the game, we asked Longhorns fans to “Sound Off” on our Facebook page.
As you can imagine, we got hundreds of responses, many of them opinions on the quarterback situation. Here’s a sample of some popular ones. They have been edited for space and clarity.
Larry Mikulec: If we keep playing games like this one and USC, I’m gonna need to see my cardiologist. You know, just to make sure everything checks out!
Mark Brewer: We are much more effective with Ehlinger! Gives us the spark we need. Haven’t seen Texas play as a team with that much heart in awhile and I’m lovin’ it! HOOKEM!
Stephen Harp: I was wrong. The team seems more successful and driven with Sam (Ehlinger) on the field. He earned that QB 1 spot tonight. He played with moxie and incredible poise. Excellent win. And I’ll eat my crow for ever doubting his potential as the starting QB.
Devin Baptiste: It’s something about the number 11 on a Texas QB … You have to be a badass to wear it. The kid was hell on wheels in high school, he imagined himself in this moment since he was a child. He’s here, Texas has found their QB. It actually makes the QB situation much clearer, because Shane would easily be the best backup in the country and it would truly give UT QB depth for once.
Barry Martin: Shane is a better passer but Sam is a good passer and he can run. With the issues we have with injuries on the offensive line the ability of the quarterback to stretch plays with his legs makes Sam “the guy” now. We are blessed to have both of them.
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