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    Five Thoughts Following The Win Over Baylor

    Bench him! I might say an F’: Ingram grades himself critically despite breakout game Photo Credit: Joshua Guenther | Daily Texan Staff TAGS These tags are automatically generated. The Daily Texan does not guarantee their accuracy. Published on October 13, 2018 at 11:57 pmLast update on October 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm BY ROSS BURKHART When quarterback Sam Ehlinger headed for the tunnel after suffering an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder, the Longhorns needed an offensive spark to keep their winning streak alive. Then, Keaontay Ingram answered the call. Ingram, a freshman running back, rushed for 110 yards over just three quarters after not receiving a single carry in the opening quarter. Even though Ingram was essential in Texas’ 23-17 win over Baylor on Saturday, and is now the team’s leading rusher, he’s still critical of how he would grade his young, six-game career with the Longhorns. “I’m hard on myself so I might say an F,” Ingram said after the game. “I feel like I could’ve done better with the opportunities I had, I need to take more advantage of it. On a couple of those runs, I feel like I could’ve had more yards, but that’s on me. I’ve just got to get better and better every week.” Ingram’s big day started off slowly, as his running mate, Tre Watson, had full ball carrying duties with eight carries in the first quarter. Then, Ingram led the way on the ground, rushing for over 100 yards — a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by a Texas running back since Week Two of last season. The lack of touches for Ingram early on was a result of head coach Tom Herman trying to keep both running backs fresh for the game and the ongoing season. “I feel like that’s just good coaching,” Ingram said. “Coach Drayton and coach Herman, they know what they’re doing. They’re trying to make us last just a little bit longer. If we just keep playing our role and keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll keep winning.” While Ingram and Watson both present unique running styles as a powerful tandem for Texas, the big-play ability from the freshman runner has been well noted by the team. Ingram has gathered 15 or more yards on at least one run in five of his six games this season. “It’s great blocking for him because when you’ve got a guy like him, you’re thinking in your head, ‘If I’m on a long drive and I’m straining to block a defensive player, all I’ve got to do is push a little bit more, strain a little bit more, and Keaontay is going to make something happen,’” offensive lineman Elijah Rodriguez said. As Ehlinger went to the sideline for the rest of the game, Shane Buechele entered to take over at quarterback. Buechele understandably missed on multiple throws in the first half after not playing in a real collegiate game since last year’s bowl game. As a result, Ingram’s number was called multiple times. Sometimes on multiple plays in a row, Ingram would dart through holes created by the offensive line, breaking tackles and eluding defenders in the process. He went on to tally up 56 yards in the second quarter on just eight carries, also helping to guide Texas to 20 points in the quarter and a two-touchdown lead entering the half. “The dude just reacts and runs,” Buechele said. “He has places where he needs to grow, but as a freshman, it’s hard to play running back here. All the greats that have been here … I’m definitely happy to see what he’s done and what he did today.” Buechele wasn’t the only one quick to mention the potential Ingram has displayed through just half of one season as a Longhorn. Wide receiver Collin Johnson, who called the running back his “little brother,” said Ingram’s tough criticism of his performances is a testament to just how successful that he can be for the program. “That’s how I know he’s going to be a really good player here,” Johnson said. “He’s going to be a really good player if he has that mindset, just always thinking that he can do better. That’s the kind of teammate that you want next to you.” Ingram has made immense progress as a runner and a blocker over his six appearances this season despite his harsh self-assigned grade. Although most fans would likely disagree with Ingram’s scale, they certainly are excited to see what a good grade would look like. “I would definitely not give it an F, but the sky’s the limit for that guy, and if he’s playing at an F now, I’d like to see him at an A because nobody could stop him,” Johnson said. http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2018/10/13/i-might-say-an-f-ingram-grades-himself-critically-despite-breakout-game
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    Ehlinger shoulder update

    If Sam can play and be effective and he's not risking further injury then he needs to play. Shane had a 100 yard RB, a NFL receiver to throw to, and a weak Baylor defense and the offense couldn't score in the second half. That's not a good sign in a hostile environment. Gundy and Oklahoma State has beat us the last 6 out of the last eight years. They seem to have some help extra help from Big 12 officials. Was The Texas-OSU Game Rigged? Get Your Tin Foil Hat Ready https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/was-the-longhorns-game-against-oklahoma-state-rigged-we-put-our-tinfoil-hats-on-and-dig-in/
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    Five Thoughts Following The Win Over Baylor

    The top true freshman for each Top 25 team No. 9 Texas: S Caden Sterns Sterns has headlined a crop of talented Texas true freshmen. Nicknamed "the Wolf," Sterns is tied for the Big 12 lead with three interceptions, to go along with 25 tackles and a blocked field goal. He has positioned himself as one of the elite defensive freshmen in college football. -- Trotter http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24940950/best-true-freshman-top-25-team
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    Five Thoughts Following The Win Over Baylor

    Texas RB Keaontay Ingram still unsatisfied after eclipsing 100-yard mark for first time in college career https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/texaslonghorns/2018/10/13/texas-rb-keaontay-ingram-still-unsatisfied-after-eclipsing-100-yard-mark-first-time-college-career
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    Five Thoughts Following The Win Over Baylor

    Sam Ehlinger injury update: Texas QB diagnosed with AC sprain in right shoulder; what does timeline look like? This Story is About... TEXAS LONGHORNS COLLEGES Share This Story On... Twitter Facebook Email Comment on This Story Tim Warner/Getty Images AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 13: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns awaits the snap with blood running from his hand in the first quarter against the Baylor Bears at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) By Trenton Daeschner, Texas Longhorns blogger Contact Trenton Daeschneron Twitter:@TrentDaeschner AUSTIN -- Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger suffered a sprain of the AC joint in his throwing shoulder during Saturday's 23-17 win over Baylor, Texas coach Tom Herman announced after the game. Ehlinger will receive an MRI to evaluate if he has any ligament damage. Herman said Ehlinger could be throwing the ball by the end of next week, as Texas has a bye before a road trip against Oklahoma State on Oct. 27. "The off-week comes at a very good time, and we need to rest," Herman said. "We need to heal. We've been playing football for 11 straight weeks, and the guys need to take a nice, deep breath, exhale and get ready to come to work on Tuesday." ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Ehlinger suffered the injury on the opening possession of the game and was forced to exit. Ehlinger came off the field with a bloody throwing hand as the Longhorns were in the midst of driving deep into Baylor territory. It initially appeared that was the only reason Ehlinger was being sidelined. But Herman revealed afterward that Ehlinger had hurt his shoulder a few plays earlier. "I think he actually made a throw or two after, but the reason they stopped the game was he had blood on his hand," Herman said. "So as he's coming off, we thought, OK, he's going to be out for a play, just get the blood cleaned up as they do. Any time you've got exposed blood, you've got to come off the field. And he came off, he goes, 'Coach, my shoulder's messed up. My shoulder's messed up.' So we had the trainers look at him and the shoulder was messed up." After a brief trip to the prop-up medical tent on the sidelines to stop the bleeding on his hand, Ehlinger then headed for the locker room with Texas trainers to evaluate his shoulder. After a quick X-ray, Herman said Ehlinger was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain and given anti-inflammatory medicine. He later came back to the field in the first half but only to wear a headset, as junior quarterback Shane Buechele, meanwhile, had taken the reins on offense. Texas officials announced at the time that Ehlinger would be evaluated at halftime for a shoulder injury. "They let that medicine take effect and then see how he felt at halftime," Herman said. "I think I told the TV people that he was going to be evaluated at halftime. Couldn't do a whole lot. But by the end of halftime, we knew he was done." Ehlinger was officially ruled out for the rest of the game before the start of the third quarter. His right arm appeared motionless throughout the rest of the afternoon as he patrolled the sidelines. The No. 9 Longhorns (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) are off next week, which is particularly fortunate timing for Ehlinger. https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/texaslonghorns/2018/10/13/texas-rb-keaontay-ingram-still-unsatisfied-after-eclipsing-100-yard-mark-first-time-college-career
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    *****#9 Texas vs. Baylor Game Thread*****

    I'm happy for the win, but it's tempered on waiting for Sam's health status.
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    Staff Predictions: Baylor

    I picked Baylor to score 21 pts. The problem for Baylor is not the offense, but the defense. They did score 33 pts. against OU.
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    Mike Stoops let go

    Oklahoma May Have Cost Itself Two Titles Because It Was Afraid to Leave Its Stoops https://www.theringer.com/2018/10/12/17966160/mike-stoops-lincoln-riley-oklahoma-sooners-coaching-families
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    HornSports Members Prediction Thread: Baylor

    I have the rest of the season broken down into two categories. The teams we should have no business losing to and the teams we better play well or were going to lose. Kansas, Iowa State, and Baylor are the teams that we should beat unless we don't show up or have a number of turnovers. West Virginia is a top ten team with one of the top QB's this year. The two trap games left on our schedule will be having to play Oklahoma State and Texas Tech on the road. Mike Gundy has been tough to beat in Stillwater and a game in Lubbock has always been rough. Baylor has a terrible defense. They gave up 66 points to OU and Alex Barnes had 250 yards last week. Barnes had 80 yards the week before against UT. However, it wouldn't surprise me if we came out slowly from an OU hangover. UT 45 Baylor 21
  10. What's next for Longhorns after Texas-sized triumph? AUSTIN, Texas -- In the aftermath of Texas' biggest victory this decade, Chris Nelson slapped on the Golden Hat Trophy and repeatedly rubbed his lineman-sized belly. Defensive end Breckyn Hager rocked a burnt orange-banded white cowboy hat atop his flowing golden locks like he was auditioning for some Quentin Tarantino Western. And just outside the Cotton Bowl elevators leading down to a boisterous Longhorns locker room, fellow end Charles Omenihu engulfed Cameron Dicker"The Kicker" with a bear hug. This is what "Texas is back" actually looked like. After so many false alarms that turned ESPN play-by-play man Joe Tessitore's famous phrase into a punchline, this felt different than anything before. The Longhorns didn't just beat some overhyped big-name opponent primed to plummet. They took down an Oklahoma team coming off two College Football Playoff appearances in the past three years and armed with one of the country's most devastating playmakers in quarterback Kyler Murray. Texas didn't just defeat the Sooners, either. The Longhorns dominated, thoroughly. Sure, they needed Dicker's last-second field goal from 40 yards out to secure the 48-45 win. But after taking a 21-point lead into the fourth quarter, Texas left no doubt as to who the better side was. This was no upset. And no accident. And though Murray would ignite OU's improbable comeback with a series of electric plays late, the thousands of empty seats on the crimson side of the Cotton Bowl midway through the fourth quarter told the real story. ADVERTISEMENT Texas -- off to its best start since 2009 and ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 2010 -- is finally on its way back to national relevance in coach Tom Herman's second season. Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP "We've taken some really big steps here the last few weeks, I'm not going to deny that," Herman said. "I'm not going to downplay that for these players. They have taken some very important steps in this program's development and its progress. ... It would be foolish for me to not understand the big picture." Herman has been steadfast in keeping the big picture in mind. That's why his message Saturday in the locker room differed little from the one he gave to his team following its disheartening season-opening loss at Maryland. "I said to them (at Maryland) this game will not define us -- how we respond to it will," Herman said Monday. "I told them that about this Oklahoma game. That game won't define us. How we respond to it will. "This is not the ultimate goal." As well as the Longhorns played Saturday, their ultimate goal -- a fifth national championship -- still remains a ways out. Even Herman had to scoff at the notion Texas was suddenly ready to contend for the playoff after one Red River victory. "Have you seen the last four years?" he said, referencing the program's streak of non-winning regular seasons. "I don't think we're at the place where we can say winning is expected -- and that's OK. Just that word in my mind reads entitlement, reads arrogance. "Hopefully one day our 'C game' will be good enough to beat some people. Right now, we have to play our best to win. But if we do play our best, we have a great chance." Herman is right. After all, both the Maryland and OU performances underscored that in opposite ways. The margin for error still is nowhere close to where it used to be during the Mack Brown heyday. Herman, in particular, lamented the lack of game-breaking speed the Longhorns have on offense compared to OU, which, in addition to Murray, boasts a pair of burners on the outside in wideouts Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb. "We're fast on the defense. Those guys are faster," Herman said. "We had a long conversation in our recruiting department about finding those guys for our team. We're not elite fast on offense right now. "But we're playing to our strengths." That has included tailoring a ball-control offense built around a bulldozing quarterback who just delivered the finest performance of his career. One year after going toe-to-toe against OU Heisman winner Baker Mayfield as a true freshman, sophomore Sam Ehlinger passed for 314 yards, rushed for another 72 and totaled 5 touchdowns against the Sooners. Ehlinger wasn't always perfect. But he was always in command, down to the final drive when he calmly drove the Longhorns into range for Dicker's game-winning field goal when OU had the momentum. "Our team really believes in him right now," Herman said. "And there's a psychology to that." Above all, that's what Texas has missed the most this decade. A quarterback to rally around. That could've been fleeting in the wake of the Maryland game, when Ehlinger tossed the game-ending interception. Herman made sure that it wasn't. "I told him, 'You don't need to look over your shoulder. I'll tell you when you do. You didn't lose the Maryland game for your team. We all lost that game,'" Herman said. "Having the head coach believe you allows you a little more confidence." That unwavering has paid off, as Ehlinger has yet to throw an interception since. "We made the decision for him to be our starting quarterback," said Herman, who called Ehlinger on the way home last week to remind him to just "grip and rip" against the Sooners. "One game wasn't going to deter us." To that end, one game alone doesn't mean Texas is back, either. But the Longhorns are in new waters. They sure seem to be on their way. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24941757/texas-longhorns-whats-next-red-river-triumph
  11. Colorful and victorious, Texas has boosted excitement in the Big 12 and college football DALLAS -- Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager has often been told he resembles Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews. Same flowing blond hair, same side of the ball, same dashing flair. "Different positions," Hager corrected. Well, yeah, but the similarity persisted especially when Hager added that is father had somehow accessed Matthews' NFL Combine numbers from 2009. "Mine are better," Hager said. Never mind all this came in the moments following Texas' 48-45 Red River Showdown win Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. It's safe to say Hager's head is all over the place. The self-proclaimed "young prophet" is currently working on what he calls "a Nobel Peach Prize to prove God's existence." Hager's head is all over the place, but contrary to his remarks, one of those places is not the NFL. For now, it's wise just to take this Type A, wild-man personality for he what he is -- a window into the Big 12 world. Thanks to the likes of Hager, the Big 12 is the most exciting place to be in college football at the moment. Not the best, necessarily, but the most exciting. PAID CONTENT BY BUICKThink you know Buick?Take another look at the fresh new Buick lineup. The conference easily mocked for its lack of defense has always been fun. Now it's suddenly relevant with three teams ranked in the top 11, one of them undefeated West Virginia. Oklahoma's Tyler Murray is the best player this side of Tua Tagovailoa. Will Grier is throwing missiles for the Mountaineers. Former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes is undefeated in the NFL. Baker Mayfield -- the living of embodiment of Big 12 swag -- just won his first NFL start. No surprise the conference leads FBS averaging almost 36 points per team. But the conference is nothing without Oklahoma and Texas being good at the same time. For the first time in about a decade, that is the case. And it could get a whole lot better. "We just did something historical," Hager said. "I'd love to play them again." In the immediate afterglow of Red River, an OU-Texas rematch a delicious prospect. If the Longhorns and Sooners do indeed finish (in some order) 1-2 in the Big 12, they would meet again Dec. 1 in the conference's championship game. PAID CONTENT BY PROGRESSIVE Switch and save! Switch to Progressive and you could save an average of $668. Based on results to date, the winner would have a tremendous push into the College Football Playoff. That also would mark the first same-reason rematch in the rivalry that counts itself right up there with Alabama-Auburn and Michigan-Ohio State. "You know what, that's a good question. I haven't thought about it," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott while congratulating the Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl's south end zone Saturday. "There really could be a rematch. You know what? Yeah." It's been quite a drought for the Large Dozen. The last national championship was Texas' in 2005. Only the Pac-12 (2004) has a longer streak among Power Five leagues without a national title. This week, Texas moved into the top 10 for the first time since 2010. No. 11 Oklahoma, which has two playoff appearances during a run of three straight Big 12 titles, dropped four spots after losing by a field goal with 9 seconds left. That's about the best result the Big 12 could have hoped to see -- close outcome, two football factories (plus West Virginia) alive for the playoff headed toward the halfway point of the season. Afterward, Hager greeted reporters like he greets the world. Everything is on the table. Every answer is unfiltered. "These coaches are the best coaches in the country," said Hager, a senior from Austin, Texas. "… To slowly see us embrace the most difficult things in the world, I'm talking about the earliest mornings, things I don't even know if they're legal. "But we did. We kept buying in." Not since Colt McCoy was leading Texas to the 2009 BCS Championship Game have the Longhorns been this relevant. Not since Oklahoma's Brian Bosworth has there been a mouth in the conference to describe it in such colorful terms. "I do things that normal people wouldn't do," Hager said. "That's why I am so confident. My confidence can be linked to results." He makes no secret of being dissatisfied when Tom Herman replaced Charlie Strong in 2017. Early on, Hager showed up at the office of new defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. "I quit. I'm quitting," Hager recalled saying. "I got moved to second on the depth chart. They were destroying me. I was destroying them back. [Orlando] goes, 'You're not quitting. Go eat, go put your clothes on, and go to practice. I'm sitting there crying." It says a lot about Hager's character that Herman allows him to speak to the media. Then again, if he was silenced, Hager would still find a way. PAID CONTENT BY INTUIT QUICKBOOKS Get paid 2x faster with QuickBooks. Smart invoicing tools that get you paid 2x faster. Free 30-day trial. How's this character: The family of legendary linebacker Tommy Nobis -- the first Longhorn selected No. 1 overall in the draft -- allowed Hager to wear Nobis' retired No. 60. First in last year's Texas Bowl and then again Saturday against Oklahoma. "I thought early when we got here two years ago, maybe that's just a show or an act of some sort," Herman said. "That's him. We love him. We embrace him, voted him a captain." This is a glimpse behind Mack Brown's assertion that Texas is the New York Yankees of college football. You either love 'em or hate 'em. "I would say, all my followers on social media, 90 percent of them, want me to lose and fail," Hager said. "I'm fine with that." PAID CONTENT BY INTUIT QUICKBOOKS QuickBooks - Your small business software partner. Smart invoicing tools that get you paid 2x faster. Free 30-day trial. Hager has an inside look at this turnaround as quarterback Sam Ehlinger's roommate. Ehlinger has been the target of much criticism at a position that hasn't much thrived at Texas since McCoy was knocked out with a bum shoulder after the fifth snap of that Rose Bowl title game. Texas and its quarterback position were never the same -- until now. Ehlinger emerged against Oklahoma has a dual-threat weapon who hasn't been intercepted since the opening-day Maryland loss. "If I'm going to confess to you I'm a young prophet, Sam's destined for greatness," Hager said. "These things just don't happen. He's an angry lion. He beat Kyler Murray today. Kyler Murray is one of the great athletes in college football. We saw what people said after Maryland. We saw how toxic our fans were. We looked at each other and laughed." Something has happened to the Longhorns in the 37 days since that loss to the Terps, now a respectable 3-2. Hager and the defense have been effective enough to be No. 2 in the Big 12, getting 10 turnovers. They are tied for the conference lead in forced fumbles (six). PAID CONTENT BY INTUIT QUICKBOOKS Maximize your deductions in a snap Snap a photo of your receipt and link them to your business expenses. Try QuickBooks free. The game-winning field goal was accomplished by an all-true freshman trio -- long-snapper Justin Mader, holder Ryan Bucjevski and kicker Cameron Dicker "We're not done; we're not even close to being done," Hager said. "God told me we were going to win this this game. And God told me I was going to get my hair cut." That will happen, the young prophet has already said, when the Horns win a Big 12 title. https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/colorful-and-victorious-texas-has-boosted-excitement-in-the-big-12-and-college-football/
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    Mike Stoops let go

    They had to send Stoops up to the press box a couple of years ago since he was yelling so much at his DBs. He was an embarrassment on the sidelines as the Arizona HC. I expect this will help OU and their defense just by getting rid of him. I couldn't work very well around a crazy yelling boss. My guess the only problem with the OU program just got exterminated. It wasn't Riley's fault he inherited a political football. Stoops came along with the job. I predict OU has a good chance to win the rest of their games with that offense. West Virginia and Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State would have a chance to beat em.
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    Mike Stoops let go

    Oklahoma had no choice but to cut ties with Mike Stoops as playoff hopes remain alive https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/oklahoma-had-no-choice-but-to-cut-ties-with-mike-stoops-as-playoff-hopes-remain-alive/
  14. It's OK to say Texas Longhorns football is back ... as long as you use an asterisk https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/its-ok-to-say-texas-football-is-back-as-long-as-you-use-an-asterisk/