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Harrison Wier

Five Thoughts: Iowa State

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Even without Sam Ehlinger in the second half of Saturday night's matchup with Iowa State, the Longhorns dominated the Cyclones all night and came away with a 24-10 victory. Todd Orlando and his defensive unit stepped up in a big way by limiting David Montgomery to 33 yards rushing and making Brock Purdy look like a freshman. The health of Sam Ehlinger looms large as Texas is set to have a short week and travel to Kansas. The good news is that Ehlinger warmed up on the sideline and was really in Tom Herman's ear about coming into the game. For now, here are five thoughts about the Longhorns' big win:

Shane Buechele is selfless and serviceable

After losing the starting job to Sam Ehlinger in the offseason, Shane Buechele could have easily exercised his option to transfer like so many other quarterbacks have in the past. Instead, the junior took on a mentor role with Ehlinger and remained ready to be called on. When Buechele's number was called against Baylor and tonight, he's been more than serviceable at the position. There's no doubt that the offense is entirely different when Buechele is in the game. Opposing defenses do not respect Buechele's ability to run, and it certainly makes this offense more predictable. When that happens, the pressure is turned up on Buechele, who does not have the pocket awareness that Ehlinger has and often can't get away from pressure. All in all, Buechele is a very serviceable backup quarterback who could be a starter in a different offensive scheme. As Tom Herman put it best, "He's the definition of a teammate."

Resurgence of the defense

Something must have snapped in Todd Orlando this week, because the Texas defense played with its hair on fire tonight. Todd Orlando's unit reeled in 6 sacks, 9 TFL, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble. The defensive line played unbelievable, and asserted pressure on Brock Purdy all night. Gary Johnson was placed as a spy on Purdy all evening, and laid some solid hits on the freshman several times throughout the game. The statline may not show it, but Kris Boyd had a great game guarding Hakeem Butler. At times Boyd gave up some plays to the 6'6 junior, but that was to be expected. Boyd also made some fantastic plays that cut Iowa State drives short. One of the biggest performances came from the Texas LB corps. The rushing attack has been a huge weakness of Texas' this year, but this unit stuck to its assignments and really made Brock Purdy air it out. It certainly helped that David Montgomery was out for the first half, but he was only able to accumulate 33 yards rushing in the second half. As a team, the Texas defense only allowed 62 yards (!) rushing. You have to credit the Texas LBs for maintaining gap integrity and the defensive line for getting a constant push up front. This will undoubtedly give the defense confidence as they head into the final stretch of the season.

One last win in DKR for the seniors

This year's senior class has arguably been through more turmoil than any other in Texas history. Abrupt coaching changes in-season, constant regression, and an embarrassing loss to cap off a forgettable era were followed by the arrival of a new coach with a completely different attitude and style. It took a while, but the seniors finally bought in to his vision and saw results. They came to Texas with the goal of bringing the Longhorns back to where they should always be, and now they are ever so close to that achieving it. To Charles Omenihu, Breckyn Hager, Gary Johnson, PJ Locke, Davante Davis, Kris Boyd, Chris Nelson, Anthony Wheeler, Calvin Anderson, Patrick Vahe, Tre Watson, and countless others: thank you. All of you are shining examples of the types of players Texas wants to wear the burnt orange and white week in and out. The season is far from over, but just know the Longhorn faithful are glad you chose Texas and will forever be on your side.

Closing out games

As Tom Herman said best, "We've always got to make it interesting, huh?" You sure do, coach. Just as this game was all but wrapped up, Texas decided to give Iowa State some life. It started with a Ryan Bujcevski line drive punt to Tarique Milton that was taken back to the Texas 15-yard line, and then moved further up due to a Ryan Bujcevski facemask. Iowa State scored a couple of plays later, but failed to recover the onside kick. Okay, no problem, Texas fans thought. Then, instead of deciding to take a knee to run out the clock, Texas decided to give it to Daniel Young — a player who has been notorious for coughing the ball up. And guess what happened? Young fumbled, and Iowa State recovered. Thankfully, freshman pass rusher Joseph Ossai wanted to go home. Ossai got a step on the outside and strip sacked senior quarterback Kyle Kempt, which was recovered by senior Charles Omenihu to seal the game. This team always has to make it interesting, but a win is a win. This cannot happen in the future, as turnovers like that or missed field goals could end up being costly.

One more win...

And Texas will be heading to Dallas for its first Big 12 Championship appearance since 2009. Who would have thunk it after the Longhorns lost to Maryland to open the season and almost blew a lead against Tulsa at home? 8 regular season wins and a chance at 9 is a big improvement from 6 a season ago. All in all, there is no doubt that Tom Herman has this program heading in the right direction. It will be very interesting to see how Texas comes out against Kansas next Friday. Many of the seniors on this time know all too well what it feels like to lose in Lawrence with a lot on the line. This time, Texas has a Big 12 Championship appearance on the line and much more at stake. After putting up 40 points against Oklahoma today, it is safe to say that Kansas should not be taken lightly. It will be the Jayhawks Senior Day and the last time David Beaty will coach a game there. Emotions will be running high, and Texas must be ready. How ready they'll look will also depend on the health of Sam Ehlinger. Tom Herman announced after the game that Ehlinger has an AC contusion at the moment, with an MRI scheduled for tomorrow. A contusion is certainly not as severe as a sprain, but it's concerning to see Ehlinger take more hits on his throwing shoulder. One more win, Longhorn fans; the drought remains, but rain is in the forecast. We'll see if it comes down on Friday.

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Texas has only 8 TOs all year and 3 of those were INTs. Young may have had 2 fumbles all year. Now with only 41 carries so far, that's 1 fumble for every 20 1/2 carries. I'm not an expert on the ratio of fumbles per carries to know if that would define notorious for fumbling or not.

It dawned on me watching the seniors come out of the tunnel last night that we lose a lot on defense. 

Speaking of defense, I really liked what I saw last night. Iowa St's only TD came on 6 yard drive.

Sam is our QB. The team plays different with him in the game. However major kudos to Shane. Came in and played a pretty good game. 10 for 10 on passing and had some nice runs. His only blemish was his fumble but he recovered it.

As @Sirhornsalot stated in another thread, if LJ does come back next year, he should be a Heisman candidate. Pure stud.

Nice write up @Harrison Wier. Now you need to work on your predictions. <_< 

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1 hour ago, North Texas Golfer said:

Good summary. Have just one small nitpick/question. I don't remember Daniel Young being notorious for fumbling?

He has had fumble issues for a while. Not necessarily in games, but he coughs it up a lot in practice. He did it once already this year. It’s just a small thing, but it isn’t going to help him see the field 

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1 hour ago, tejasrulz said:

Texas has only 8 TOs all year and 3 of those were INTs. Young may have had 2 fumbles all year. Now with only 41 carries so far, that's 1 fumble for every 20 1/2 carries. I'm not an expert on the ratio of fumbles per carries to know if that would define notorious for fumbling or not.

It dawned on me watching the seniors come out of the tunnel last night that we lose a lot on defense. 

Speaking of defense, I really liked what I saw last night. Iowa St's only TD came on 6 yard drive.

Sam is our QB. The team plays different with him in the game. However major kudos to Shane. Came in and played a pretty good game. 10 for 10 on passing and had some nice runs. His only blemish was his fumble but he recovered it.

As @Sirhornsalot stated in another thread, if LJ does come back next year, he should be a Heisman candidate. Pure stud.

Nice write up @Harrison Wier. Now you need to work on your predictions. <_< 

If Texas keeps winning and my record suffers, so be it! 

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23 hours ago, Harrison Wier said:

He has had fumble issues for a while. Not necessarily in games, but he coughs it up a lot in practice. He did it once already this year. It’s just a small thing, but it isn’t going to help him see the field 

Notorious probably wasn’t the right word to use, but it was late and I was tired. Lol. 

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On 11/18/2018 at 9:29 AM, dillohorn said:

Three cheers for SHANE!

SHANE  by Jack Schaefer

He rode into our valley in the summer of '89. I was a kid then, barely topping the backboard of father's old chuck-wagon. I was on the upper rail of our small corral soaking in the late afternoon sun, when I saw him far down the road where it swung into the valley from the open plain beyond. ... (how it began)
.......
He was the man who rode into our little valley out of the heart of the great glowing West and when his work was done rode back whence he had come and he was Shane.   - The End -

Back in late '80s, training one weekend on location--a month in advance--for a triathlon at Bass Lake near Yosemite, at the time living in the Bay Area, I visited a local bookstore in nearby Oakhurst, the shop owned by a lady, who, as I was browsing, up and asked me my favorite books, and I said Education of Little Tree and SHANE. Turns out the lady was the daughter of... Jack Schaefer, who, at the time was living in Santa Fe, NM.  He passed away a few years later, in 1991. As a writer of the west he had never been farther west than Ohio at the time he wrote the novel. He was a newspaper man, staying up late at night writing essays on his own time, then wrote SHANE. I first saw the movie in Silsbee, year it was released. My grandparents lived nearby in Kountze. Years later came to appreciate the book as much as the film, if not more so. Recommend U. of Nebraska Critical Edition (1984). Essays, analysis, background.

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6 hours ago, Epictetus said:

SHANE  by Jack Schaefer

He rode into our valley in the summer of '89. I was a kid then, barely topping the backboard of father's old chuck-wagon. I was on the upper rail of our small corral soaking in the late afternoon sun, when I saw him far down the road where it swung into the valley from the open plain beyond. ... (how it began)
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He was the man who rode into our little valley out of the heart of the great glowing West and when his work was done rode back whence he had come and he was Shane.   - The End - ...

 

So, Epictetus, are you reminiscing, or is this foreshadowing?   Are we going to be yelling "Shane!  Shane!   Come back! " in the end?  

Didn't read the book, but did see the movie starring Alan Ladd.  Was very good.

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6 hours ago, UTfish said:

So, Epictetus, are you reminiscing, or is this foreshadowing?   Are we going to be yelling "Shane!  Shane!   Come back! " in the end?  

Didn't read the book, but did see the movie starring Alan Ladd.  Was very good.

More reminiscing. I spent 80s focused on writing and writers. A library for Robert Louis Stevenson is in Napa Valley, as he spent time there on top of 'mountain' (more like a big hill) outside Calistoga. Also in Napa Valley is a library for Jack London. SF Bay Area has a rich history for writers (I still like that O'Henry had a bit of history right here in Austin).  So that was it mostly. Guess VY was more our "Shane" for showing up one day, the riding off into the sunset.

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