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LT Sam Cosmi still relishing his ‘big man touchdown,’ the fourth in Texas history since 1947

School officials dig deep into history books to find three other offensive linemen who scored TDs

Posted October 8th, 2019


Texas left tackle Sam Cosmi was told Tuesday that some like to call his trick play score against West Virginia a “fat man touchdown.”

“I think it’s a big man touchdown,” Cosmi said as the smile fell from his face.

Either way, it was rare. The Texas sports information department determined it was just the fourth touchdown scored by an offensive lineman in school history since 1947, the first year individual stats are available.


Harley Sewell had a fumble recovery in the end zone in 1951, Don Wilson had a nine-yard catch in 1956 and Luke Poehlmann had a three-yard score in 2011.

It was also only the third by an offensive lineman in Big 12 history. Texas Tech’s Casey Jones had a 1-yard run in 1996, and Iowa State’s Scott Haughton had a 12-yard dash in 2009.

“I can’t really believe I did that,” Cosmi said. “It’s a big man’s dream when it comes to scoring a touchdown.”

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger said Cosmi had to catch that ball on first-and-10 from the WVU 12. It was a backward pass, thus it would’ve been a live ball had the throw been incomplete.

“I mean, if he’s covered, then I can’t throw it away,” Ehlinger said. “I can’t throw it at his feet with the regular screen. I’m glad it worked.”

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