Golden’s first-half Nuggets: Horns hanging in there

Posted October 21st, 2017

Texas wide receiver John Burt (1) outruns Oklahoma State safety Ramon Richards (7) to setup a Texas touchdown on the ensuing play during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

An upset can happen.

After a few anxious moments, your Texas Longhorns have shown they are capable to pulling off a win over the well-regarded Oklahoma State Cowboys and Mason Rudolph can spin it as well as any quarterback in the country.
He’s a first-round draft pick in the making. The Oklahoma State senior was at his best on one drive when he led a 96-yard drive that took only 2 minutes and 52 seconds, leading to the game’s first touchdown.
To Texas’ credit, it hung in there against the league’s most balanced offense. The Cowboys got really conservative on offense for some reason in the second quarter, running it in obvious passing situations, even at the end of the half.  Rudolph looked like John Elway in the first half but didn’t throw it down field nearly as much in the second quarter. After throwing for 108 yards in the opening quarter, he went for only 43 in the second quarter.

Give the Horns some love for ramping up the pressure as well. Breckyn Hager has two first-half sacks, including a big one to halt Oklahoma State’s drive at the end of the half.

Oklahoma State cornerback Rodarius Williams (8) pushes Texas wide receiver Lorenzo Joe (14) out of bounds during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

John Burt sighting

John Burt has spent most of his junior year in a reserve role on a loaded receiving corp but he took full advantage of his opportunity in the first half with a 90-yard catch to set up Texas’s first touchdown, thanks to an opportunistic defense that was pushed around before Poona Ford forced a fumble deep in Texas’ own territory. Burt entered the game with
DeShon Elliott pounded on the pigskin and the Horns were the end zone three plays later.
Replays later showed that Hill’s left knee clearly touched down as he was making contact with Ford but the Horns gladly took this little bit of fortune.

RBs ineffective

At this point of this season, call Texas what it is: a team that just doesn’t get rushing yards from its running backs. Sam Ehlinger turned in a team-leading 34 yards on the ground to go with the 158 yards passing. Chris Warren only got three totes for three yards, so I guess you can’t get yards if you aren’t getting the ball. Same old, same old.

So what happens?

They’re going to have to get something out that running game and Ehlinger will have to make some plays in the passing game. Expect the Cowboys to come out smoking in the third quarter. Let’s see how the Horns react.