Revisiting our four pre-game questions Friday that were facing the Longhorns:
Here’s how they played out:
1. Was Sam Ehlinger the latest freshman to best Tech?
In fact, the freshman quarterback’s two late-game interceptions are what sealed the Red Raiders’ comeback win. It was a trend reversal for Tech, who have struggled this month against freshmen quarterbacks. Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson beat Texas Tech on Nov. 4 with a touchdown pass in overtime; Baylor’s Charlie Brewer threw for 417 yards against the Red Raiders on Nov. 11; last week, TCU’s Shawn Robinson led the Horned Frogs to a win by leading his team in rushing. Ehlinger was 26 of 47 for 239 yards. He threw one touchdown and had the two picks.
2. Did Breckyn Hager make an impact (in his one half)?
Texas’ junior defensive end missed the first half; he was penalized and ejected for targeting in UT’s 28-14 win over West Virginia. So the Longhorns relied Charles Omenihu and Malcolm Roach for the first two quarters. Hager, whose four sacks are tied for the team lead, had only one tackle Saturday night.
3. How did Texas’ two award contenders look?
Michael Dickson looked great. DeShon Elliott was solid.
Earlier this week, Dickson and Elliott learned they were finalists for national awards. Dickson, a Ray Guy Award finalist for the second straight season, averaged 50.9 yards on nine punts. That included kicks of 64, 60, 54 and 53 yards. And he was outstanding on placement — he had kicks that made it to the 10, 12, 12, 3, 8, 1 and 11 yard-line. And Elliott, a finalist for the Thorpe Award, had six tackles and four pass breakups. But he did commit one critical mistake; he fell down in the end zone on the game-winning touchdown. And he also dropped what would have been his seventh interception of the season.
4. Did Texas recover another onside kick?
The Longhorns had successfully recovered onside kicks the last two weeks against Kansas and West Virginia, and neither of them came at expected times of the game. Kansas opened the game on Nov. 11 with an onside kick and West Virginia tried one with 9 minutes left in the game and trailing only by a touchdown. Texas Tech never tried one.