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Texas 28, Tulsa 21: Our five pregame questions — answered

Posted September 8th, 2018

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Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday night’s 28-21 win over Tulsa.

Here’s how they played out:

1. Did Texas feed Keaontay Ingram?

Yes.

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It wasn’t like Ingram, the Carthage freshman who has impressed — during fall camp in August and  then again in the season opener at Maryland — got overfed, though. For the second straight game, it was Tre Watson who got the majority of carries; he had 18 for 74 yards, Ingram had 10 for 67 yards and a touchdown. Ingram averaged a team-high 6.3 yards per carry at Maryland before becoming invisible in the second half. Against Tulsa, he averaged 6.4. It was the Watson and Ingram show for the Texas running game; Daniel Young chipped in 41 yards, including a big 30-yarder.

2. Did Texas look familiar with the Tulsa offense?

Yes.

The Longhorns were pitching a shutout until almost the final minute of the third quarter. The Golden Hurricane are still running essentially the same offense that Sterlin Gilbert ran there before he became Texas’ offensive coordinator in 2016, so Texas defenders should have been comfortable with Tulsa’s spread look and pace. Tulsa gained 353 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per play.

3. Did Texas field a healthy secondary?

No.

Brandon Jones, who had a strong season opener, missed the game with an ankle injury. His absence was felt, though freshmen safeties Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster stepped up with their first career interceptions. Josh Thompson, playing more than usual because of Jones’ absence, had a nice game, breaking up a pass in the end zone and forcing an incompletion on a quarterback hurry to force a third down. The secondary was burned on two long plays as Tulsa rallied in the fourth quarter — a 48-yarder to Keylon Stokes down to the 1-yard line and a 35-yard touchdown to Keenen Johnson.

4. Did Cameron Dicker get the chance to showcase his leg?

No.

The freshman from Lake Travis has yet to try a field goal as a Longhorn. Texas kickers have missed 26 field goals over the past four seasons, and Texas is hoping Dicker is the answer. So far, however, all we know is that he’s solid on extra points.

5. What did the crowd look like?

Very healthy.

Royal-Memorial Stadium looked packed for the home opener. That included the student section, which has had a hit-and-miss attendance over the past couple of years. The crowd was announced at 90,563. Things went Texas’ way on Saturday: The new-look game-day atmosphere included the debut of Bevo Boulevard — athletic director Chris Del Conte’s vision of turning San Jacinto Blvd. into a fan-friendly experience — as well as a Jimmie Vaughn pre-game concert, a strong attendance and what turned out to be a close game that Texas won. Heck even the rain stayed away.

Texas’ last five home-opening crowds:

2014: 93,201 (Texas 38, North Texas 7)

2015: 86,458 (Texas 42, Rice 28)

2016: 102,315 (Texas 50, No. 10 Notre Dame 47)

2017: 88,117 (Texas 56, San Jose State 0)

2018: 90,563 (Texas 28, Tulsa 21)

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