Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Here’s how they played out:
1. Did either team look settled at quarterback?
Surprising on both sides. Sam Ehlinger, who was iffy to start because of the sprained shoulder injury he suffered two weeks ago, didn’t look like he was favoring the shoulder, playing it safe or even that he was in discomfort. He threw for a couple of touchdowns and ran for a couple of touchdowns. And Cornelius, who also was iffy to start because there’s been speculation that he was in danger of losing his spot on the depth chart, was the star of the game. He was 23 of 34 for 321 yards and three touchdowns and added two more rushing scores, including a critical one late in the game.
2. Did Keontay Ingram hit 100 yards again?
The freshman got the start, but finished with only 11 carries for 52 yards, an average of 4.7. He had 11 carries, Ehlinger had 10 and no one else had more than five. Ingram ran for a career-high 110 yards on a career-high 19 carries two weeks ago against Baylor; UT coach Tom Herman said on Monday that “if we got to hand (Ingram) the ball 22 times to win, then we’ll hand it to him 22 times.” The Cowboys, who were allowing an average of 142.6 rushing yards per game, gave up only 119.
3. Did Caden Sterns secure his family bragging rights?
Older brother Jordan Sterns, a two-time all-conference defensive back for Oklahoma State from 2013-16, remains the star of Stillwater when the family gets together. Caden Sterns, Texas’ freshman safety who was named a national semifinalist for the Thorpe Award this week, finished with seven tackles and was quiet for most of the night.
4. Did the bye week cool off Charles Omenihu?
A bit, anyway. The senior defensive end had six tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. That’s a fine stat line but slightly off from the tear Omenihu had been on — five sacks, seven tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and a safety in his three previous games. He was quiet in the first quarter but heated up after that, and dominated one particular OSU drive in the second quarter, coming up with a sack and a tackle for loss on the series.
5. Did Texas avoid giving up an early score?
With both starting cornerbacks shelved for the first quarter, Cornelius and the Cowboys took advantage. Oklahoma State’s first three drives produced two touchdowns and a field goal. Texas was allowing 23 points a game and were down 24-7 early in the second quarter. The Longhorns have now allowed a first-drive score six times in eight games, five of them touchdowns.