After last week’s drubbing at the hands of the Maryland Terps and having to start Freshman QB Sam Ehlinger, Longhorns fans did not exactly have high expectations this week.
But, the freshman surprised everyone and Herman’s defense actually showed up this week, completely shutting down San Jose State.
After that debacle last week, the Horns did not even allow 200 yards of total offense to the visiting Spartans.
The SJ St.’s leading rusher managed just 22 yards and Aaron threw for only 104 yards with one interception.
For the Horns, Ehlinger did not exactly light it up, but he took care of the ball and did not throw any interceptions, which is about all you can ask for in that situation.
He was 15/27 for 222 yards and a TD. On the ground, Warren was a man possessed, racking up 166 yards on 16 carries with two TDs. Porter and Carter added a TD each and Heard ran it in twice as well.
In addition to shutting out San Jose State, the defense managed to tack on a TD of its own, coming off a Hill interception. His interception return for a TD was the first time a Longhorn has done that in back-to-back games since 1971.
Coach Herman was more than pleased with the effort from his team on defense, stating, “Our guys flew around, they cut it loose, they played with confidence and swagger.”
Ehlinger sounded just as excited after the game as he did before, stating, “It’s such a surreal moment for me. Being at the games growing up, literally growing up, maturing in that stadium, literally from when I could walk until now, it was a great feeling.”
After the quality start by Ehlinger, Herman was expectedly peppered with questions as to who his starting QB would be next week, but he was not about to buy into a QB controversy this early in the season.
He was complimentary of Ehlinger, stating, “Sam played good for that being his first collegiate start, I thought he was very poised in the pocket,” but that was about all anyone could get out of him.
Just as I said the Longhorns were not as bad as their loss last week, they are not nearly as good as the win this week, but I think they are probably closer to the team that played the Spartans than they are the team that played against the Terps.
My only hope is that Herman can get this team leveled off and consistent, something Coach Strong was never able to do.
Up next for the Longhorns is USC. The Horns will get a shot at a prime-time game against a top-ranked team. This will be a true test for Herman to get the team refocused after a blowout win.
Other Big 12 Games
23rd ranked TCU traveled to Arkansas and came out with a big win, 28-7.
UT San Antonio handed Baylor its second loss, 17-10.
Other Notable Texas Teams
Texas A&M beat Nicholls at home, 24-14.
Rice surprised UTEP on the road, 31-14.
SMU beat North Texas, 54-32.
Sam Houston beat Prairie View on the road, 44-31.
Houston Baptist beat Texas Southern on the road, 24-17.
Houston squeaked by Arizona on the road, 19-16.
Texas State lost huge to Colorado, 37-3.