Texas beat Tulsa 28-21 tonight to grab their first win of the 2018 season. The second half wasn’t pretty, but at the end of the day, they got the win. There are still quite a few things to talk about but here are my quick thoughts after the game.
1. Inconsistency again for the Texas offense
Texas led 21-0 at the half, and it should’ve been 28-9. As Texas failed to punch in a score at the one-yard line, and Tulsa missed three field goals. The Texas offense didn’t look bad in the first half. Lil’Jordan Humphrey made plays, as did Keaontay Ingram. Texas used tempo as well. I’m not saying they looked like an elite offense by any means, but they didn’t look awful. It seemed like they took their foot off the gas for the next 1 1/2 quarters. There was no tempo, nothing exciting. Then Texas put together a 13 play 75-yard TD drive when they needed it late. A big reason for it was……..tempo.
2. Sam Ehlinger had a solid game but didn’t necessarily help his cause
The Longhorns QB finished the game 21/27 for 237 yards and 2 TD’s and 51 yards and a TD on the ground. He had one turnover, a lost fumble. Ehlinger did improve on one thing: he didn’t lose the game for Texas. He had some nice throws in the first half as the Longhorns took some shots. He was also 7-7 on the long 4th quarter TD drive. This is my take on Ehlinger: Texas is going to have to run him to get the most out of him. If they don’t, they’re hurting the offense. There were some plays in the 4th quarter where Texas had Andrew Beck and a running back lead blocking for Ehlinger on the edge, they need to do more of that.
3. Very conservative defense approach
Not sure what the reason was. Maybe they didn’t want to show USC much on film or what. But I haven’t seen a more conservative defensive approach by Todd Orlando in his time at Texas like we saw tonight. There were very few occasions where Texas brought more than four, or even three. We talk about Breckyn Hager and Charles Omenihu a lot, but they were held to a very quiet night by a Tulsa offensive line.
4. Young DB’s look good, and bad
Caden Sterns opened the game with a rangy INT and he had another good game in his second start. BJ Foster also had an INT and played well with some older DB’s banged up. Kobe Boyce didn’t look as good. He played opposite Kris Boyd at CB for just about the whole night with Davante Davis banged up. And as the night went on, Tulsa started taking advantage of Boyce. We’ll see how healthy Davis is for next week vs USC, and that could be the reason we didn’t see him much if any, tonight.