Texas earned its second straight victory in dramatic fashion on Saturday, finishing off Kansas State 40-34 in double overtime on a 2-yard run by Chris Warren III.
Afterward, Longhorns coach Tom Herman spoke to the media about how his team was able to pull out the win. Here’s some of what he had to say.
Learning to win
In addition to winning its second game in a row, the Longhorns improved to 1-1 in overtime games this season. In Week 3, Texas fell 27-24 to USC in a game that was somewhat similar to the one Saturday.
At least Herman felt that way, and he shared an anecdote postgame that summed up how he felt about his team earning the win this time around.
“When we went into overtime I told the offense, ‘We’ve been here before, this is just like USC,’” Herman said. “I think it was (guard) Patrick Vahe that said, ‘Yeah, but we’re gonna win it this time.’”
The Longhorns did just that, despite an early interception and two missed field goals.
“I was just so proud of our guys’ response to the things that happened throughout the course of that game,” Herman said.
Freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger made his third start on Saturday, and it didn’t start the way he had planned. The Westlake product threw an interception on the Longhorns’ very first play from scrimmage.
After that, he settled down and threw for 380 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 107 yards.
“Tough kid. Not just physically, mentally,” Herman said.
The coach said he knew midweek that Ehlinger would start over sophomore Shane Buechele, who sprained his ankle against Iowa State. Herman said he wouldn’t make any decisions on who would start moving forward before watching film.
Ehlinger with 380 yards on 30 of 50 passing. Only mistake was the game opening INT. He ran for 107. The decision is easy going ahead, right?
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) October 8, 2017
Herman also praised the play of the Texas offensive line, which continued to play without injured left tackle Connor Williams.
“Boy did they rise to the occasion,” Herman said. “They played well and when they made some mistakes or gave up some leakage, Sam was able to make up for it.”
Missed field goals continued to plague the Longhorns, as kicker Joshua Rowland missed a 27-yard kick and one from 45 yards that would have won the game at the end of regulation.
On the season, Rowland is 4 of 8.
“Not good. Not good,” Herman said. “We’ve got to be able to make field goals in Division I college football. We’ll go back to the drawing board and figure out what happened.”
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