Saturday, we looked at four questions that Texas was facing ahead of its matchup with TCU.
Here’s how they played out:
1. Did Texas play three quarterbacks?
Any possibility that we’d see Shane Buechele, Sam Ehlinger and Jerrod Heard all take snaps — Tom Herman intimated this week that Texas might just work all three in — was wiped out about an hour before kickoff when it was announced that Ehlinger wouldn’t play. Buechele finished 21 of 44 for 254 yards and a touchdown. Heard had one carry and lost 2 yards.
2. Who was Texas’ top running back?
Daniel Young. But only technically.
He and fellow freshman Toneil Carter combined for 130 rushing yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in last week’s win over Baylor. Carter, however, missed Saturday’s game with a head injury. And Young had only 11 career carries entering Saturday. Chris Warren III leads the team in rushing — somehow. He had only one carry for 3 yards in Fort Worth. Kyle Porter has now been a non-factor for three straight games. Young had 12 carries for 31 yards. That’s an average of 2.6 yards a pop. The Longhorns as a team averaged only 0.3 yards a carry.
3. Did Texas kick to KaVontae Turpin?
In TCU’s previous two games, Turpin scored on a 94-yard kickoff return and a 90-yard punt return. But he the Longhorns held him in check; Turpin had three punt returns and averaged 12 yards. He didn’t return a kickoff. He also had little impact in the receiving game, with four catches for 28 yards.
4. Did Texas score a non-offensive touchdown?
And the Longhorns barely scored an offensive touchdown. In Texas’ first eight games, the Longhorns scored four defensive touchdowns as well as a punt return and a blocked field goal run-back. But the Horned Frogs haven’t allowed a non-offensive touchdown all season and have still committed only 11 turnovers.
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