Box score junkies may not appreciate the manner in which Texas routed LA Tech. Only 454 total yards isn’t something to boast about from a Big 12 team. However, the Longhorns finally won a season opener under Tom Herman.
You can look back to last year to see a 10-4 Texas team that could not put teams away. Kansas State, Kansas, Baylor and Tulsa all ended in a win, but not by much in all four contests. The 2019 Texas Longhorns, a week in, are showing us that they are not that team this year.
Overall, Herman and the Horns put the rest of the Big 12 on notice with how dominant they were. Even against a weaker La Tech team, Texas showed complicated blitz schemes, great man-to-man coverage and speed, a fast starting offense, and a defense rising to the challenge of being the young, unknown element of the team.
Texas now looks to LSU who will come to Austin with ESPNs College GameDay in tow. This contest will show how far this team has come. If last night is any inclination, Texas should be just fine against the SEC powerhouse. A 1-0 start is right where the Longhorns needed to be, and they did it in a manner that was expected of them to begin with. This is Texas. Hook’em.
Key Plays Of The Game
2:16 1st [LT 3rd & 12 on LT 48] – DeMarvion Overshown sacked LA Tech quarterback J’Mar Smith and forced the Bulldogs to punt. This was a key because this Bulldog drive started with a Texas fumble. The Longhorns were up 7-0, but if LA Tech capitalized on the turnover, who know how this game might of changed.
11:00 2nd [LT 3rd & 3 at LT 30] – Jacoby Jones forced a fumble which was recovered by Brandon Jones. The Longhorns then capitalized on the turnover two plays later.
10:26 2nd [TEX 2nd & 1 at LT 28] – Sam Ehlinger found Brennan Eagles for a 28-yard score to take a 21-0 lead.
12:01 3rd [LT 4th & 1 at TEX 26] – Out of the half, LA Tech was all in. They went for it on fourth down deep into Texas territory. The Longhorns got the stop and kept the Bulldogs off the score board.
6:14 3rd [LT 4th & 5 at TEX 39] – The Bulldogs went for it again on their next drive, and again, Texas turned them away. LA Tech did eventually get on the scoreboard, but at this point the game was well in hand.
Key Stats Of The Game
8-15 on 3rd Down – Just over 50 percent on third down is not crazy good, but it was the difference in this game.
3 Turnovers – The Longhorn defense forced three turnovers in this game. Brandon Jones recovered the fumble mentioned above, while Joseph Ossai and DeMarvion Overshown got a pick each.
7.1 Yards Per Carry – Keaontay Ingram was a workhorse, especially without Whittington to also lean on. Ingram received the bulk of the carries with 11 touches, and he was also the most effective back for Texas by averaging 7.1 yards per carry.
9 Receptions – Devin Duvernay showed out against Louisiana Tech. He had twice the number of receptions than any other receiver and racked up 55 yards and a touchdown in the process.
Players Of The Game
Sam Ehlinger [28 of 38 for 276 yds, 8 Car for 34 yds, 4 TDs] – Sam Ehlinger looked fluid and comfortable moving in and out of the pocket. He also kept his eyes down field and went through his progressions. He showed that he’s finally worked in sliding into his tool belt to avoid unnecessary big hits.
Devin Duvernay [9 Rec for 55 yards, 1 TD] – It was the Devin Duvernay show on Saturday. Now that he is being used out of the slot position, he has become a very dangerous weapon.
Jalen Green [5 TOT, 4 SOLO, 2 PD] – Welcome to the Big 12 show! He was contested, thrown at, contacted often and he stood strong. He was definitely one of the three defensive standouts last night. Green showed how well he developed in the offseason with how physical he played yesterday. He solidified his CB1 status.
Keaontay Ingram [11 Car for 78 yds, 1 TD] – His presence was felt throughout the game. He ran with intensity, quick out of his cuts, showed great vision for cutback lanes, and picked up the blitzes very well. The final totals don’t look flashy, but Ingram had a great game.
Injuries are adding up. Before the game, Texas was down to just two scholarship running backs, and things got worse on Saturday. Jordan Whittington limped off the field and was taken back to the locker room for evaluation. He came back out and got on the exercise bike on the sidelines, but he’s still dealing with a nagging sports hernia.
Roschon Johnson stepped up. The freshman quarterback volunteered to help out at running back, which ended up coming in handy. He recorded seven carries for 26 yards.