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Texas vs. Oklahoma State: Five questions facing the Longhorns

Posted September 20th, 2019

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Five questions facing Texas on Saturday night against Oklahoma State:

Does Sam Ehlinger remain interception-less in 2019?

Of the seven interceptions thrown by Ehlinger during his freshman year, none had a bigger impact than an end-zone pick in overtime of a loss to Oklahoma State. Ehlinger’s decision-making has improved drastically over the past two seasons. Last year, he set the Big 12 record when he went 308 straight passes without an interception. So far this year, none of Ehlinger’s 112 throws have been nabbed by the opposing team. Oklahoma State has only recorded two interceptions in 2019.

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Which one of the NCAA’s leaders causes the most problems for Texas?

At 173.7 yards per game, Oklahoma State sophomore Chuba Hubbard leads the nation in rushing. At 130.0 yards per game, junior Tylan Wallace is currently the NCAA’s top receiver. Tom Herman said earlier this week that the Longhorns won’t pick their poison since “you can’t sell your soul, I guess, to stop one, because they’re so proficient in the other that you’ve got to be sound.” Last year against UT, Wallace and Hubbard combined for 302 yards of offense and two touchdowns in a 38-35 win.

Will any Longhorn get to Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders twice?

In three of the past five meetings between Texas and Oklahoma State, a Longhorn had a two-sack game (Breckyn Hager in 2017, Jason Hall in 2016 and Malcom Brown in 2014). Sanders has thrown 64 passes this season, but the defenses belonging to Oregon State, McNeese State and Tulsa only took him down twice. No Longhorn has recorded more than one sack over the course of this entire season, but UT’s eight team sacks rank third among Big 12 defenses.

Will anybody produce 100 yards for UT’s rushing attack?

Since Herman’s arrival ahead of the 2017 season, Texas has produced four 100-yard rushing efforts. Two of those 100-yard games belong to a quarterback. Questions still exist in UT’s backfield, but sophomore Keaontay Ingram did produce 74 yards and two touchdowns against Rice. Eighty FBS-level schools currently boasts a better run defense than Oklahoma State, which allowed 107 yards and two scores to Tulsa’s Shamari Brooks last week.

For the price of one win, can Texas snap two streaks?

Oklahoma State has won its last four games against Texas. Additionally, the Cowboys’ five-game winning streak in Austin dates back to a 28-24 loss in 2008. Oklahoma State is already the only team that has taken five straight games from Texas in Austin. If the Cowboys beat the Longhorns once again on Saturday, that will mark the seventh time in UT’s history that Texas has been beaten by the same team in five straight seasons.

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