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Texas 48, Oklahoma 45: Our five pregame questions — answered

Posted October 6th, 2018

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Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 48-45 win over Oklahoma.

Here’s how they played out:

1. Did Keaontay Ingram top 10 carries?

Yes.

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The freshman had 13 carries for 86 yards, an average of 6.6 yards per carry. That was more of the same; he had a team-high 6.1 yards-per-carry average heading into Saturday. The 13 carries are the most of the season for him. He’s been slowed by knee and hip injuries and coaches seemed comfortable relying on graduate transfer Tre Watson. Tom Herman was asked on Monday whether Ingram was ready to become a 20-carry back. “Certainly, he’s ready,” the coach answered. Ingram produced the longest run of the season for the Longhorns (31 yards) and was on his way to a 100-yard day before limping to the sideline on the second-to-last drive.

2. Did the offensive line shine once again?

Yes.

Not that it was a completely clean game for the front line, though. There were some costly penalties — Samuel Cosmi and Elijah Rodriguez committed holding penalties on the same drive early in  the fourth quarter and Zach Shackelford had a big hold with 5 minutes left, wiping out an Ingram first down run. Both drives ended in punts. Last week, the line was given a championship grade by coaches for the first time this season. For much of the game, though, the line played solid. Sam Ehlinger was sacked just once and Texas began to assert its will when rushing to the right side. And when it mattered the most, just like in Manhattan, the Longhorns were able to pick up some first downs to kill the clock at the very end.

3. Did Texas limit the number of OU’s offensive big plays?

Yes.

The Sooners had two of them — Kyler Murray’s 67-yard touchdown run and his 77-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown. Another two potentially big plays ended up as incompletions, one thanks to a big hit from Kris Boyd, the other a dropped pass. Heading into Saturday, the Sooners ranked second in the country with eight plays of 50-plus yards; in last year’s 29-24 Oklahoma win, the Sooners struck big with a 54-yard touchdown early and a 59-yard touchdown late.

4. Did Sam Ehlinger break a record?

Yes.

Move over, Major Applewhite. Ehlinger took a four-game streak without an interception into Saturday’s game, a string of 128 straight attempts that was 28 passes off Applewhite’s 19-year-old school record. He threw 35 on Saturday and the Sooners didn’t even sniff an opportunity. In fact, Ehlinger threw it 39 times against the Sooners last year and didn’t throw an interception then either. Ehlinger’s last pick came on the final play of the season opener at Maryland, a string of 163 passes.

5. Is Texas back?

Yes.

The Longhorns should inch closer to a top-10 ranking after Saturday’s win over the No. 7-ranked Sooners. Texas now has wins over USC (ranked 22nd at the time) and TCU (17th) and won at Kansas State for the first time since 2002. Texas has beaten the last three ranked teams it’s faced going back to last season; UT hadn’t beaten a top-10 team since 2016 before Saturday’s win. Texas is tied for a share of the Big 12 lead with West Virginia and Oklahoma State among its toughest remaining games. This 5-1 start is Texas’ best after six games since 2009, when the Longhorns were 6-0 and on their way to a Big 12 championship and eventual national championship game appearance.

 

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