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Texas-Tulsa notebook: New punter Ryan Bujcevski struggles, but UT has ‘to do a better job protecting for him’

Posted September 9th, 2018

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During Texas’ 28-21 win over Tulsa on Saturday, Michael Dickson once again drew a loud round of applause at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

That applause, though, only came when Texas showed highlights of players from last year’s team who have reached the NFL. Dickson wasn’t around to provide his hypnotic hang times or pinpoint punts. The 2017 Ray Guy Award winner will instead showcase those skills for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Dickson’s replacement had issues in his first home game. Freshman Ryan Bujcevski, who is also Dickson’s cousin, averaged 36.5 yards on four punts. He recorded a 52-yard punt but also had a kick blocked and had a 24-yard offering.

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Texas punter Ryan Bujcevski (8) kicks against Maryland at FedEx Field, in Landover, Md., on Sept. 1 , 2018. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Last week against Maryland, he averaged 37.7 yards per kick but also had a 15-yard punt land at the Texas 20. The Terrapins scored a touchdown on the next play.

“I think you tell him he’s at Texas for a reason,” Texas coach Tom Herman said Saturday night when asked what he’d say to Bujcevski. “And we’ve got to do a better job protecting for him. Obviously we did not handle that very well.”

Tulsa’s Deven Lamp got past Texas’ Anthony Wheeler up the middle on the second-quarter blocked punt.

Bujcevski’s 24-yarder set up a touchdown drive for Tulsa. The Longhorns, however, dodged a bullet after the blocked punt in the second quarter as Tulsa went onto miss a 29-yard field goal. Tulsa missed four field goals in UT’s seven-point win, although one of those misfires was negated by a penalty.

“Those field goals (if they were made), we’d probably be still playing right now or in overtime,” Texas senior P.J. Locke III said. “You’ve got to credit the defense on that one. Just fix the mistakes that we had so we won’t be put in that situation.”

Scott’s streak: Texas fan Scott Wilson was recognized in the second quarter for attending his 500th straight Longhorns game. The 500-game streak takes the Austin resident back to a 30-14 win at SMU … in 1977.

As dedicated as Wilson has been to the football team, this 500-game streak may not be his most impressive run with one of UT’s athletic programs. Wilson has attended every baseball game Texas has played since April 8, 2000. He will enter this spring with a 1,175-game streak.

Wilson’s 500-game football streak has witnessed 41 showdowns between UT and Texas Tech and 42 UT-Baylor battles. Saturday’s milestone, though, marked the first time that he saw Texas play Tulsa since it was the first meeting between the two schools.

Miscellaneous: Offensive lineman Patrick Hudson remained in an Austin hospital on Saturday, three days after he suffered a heat-related illness at a practice. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said tests for a possible infection will be run on the 6-5, 335-pound sophomore on Monday. … Freshman Joshua Moore registered the first two catches of his collegiate career during a 13-play drive in the fourth quarter that was capped by Tre Watson’s game-deciding score; fellow freshman Brennan Eagles also caught his first career pass, a 35-yard gain. … Wheeler (eye) and running back Keaontay Ingram (knee) were unable to finish the game. Herman said Ingram will be evaluated on Sunday. Wheeler, meanwhile, did attend the post-game press conference.

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