Open Post | Tuesday, October 8th

Instant Reaction | Texas vs. West Virginia
– D.T.

*** The 11th-ranked Longhorns (3-1, 1-0) were coming off of a bye after picking up an important win in their conference opener against Oklahoma State last week. A trip to Morgantown to face the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-1, 1-0) awaited.

*** Two 15-yard penalties against the Texas defense within the first three plays of the game certainly wasn’t an encouraging sign for what the officials may have in store this afternoon.

*** Following a pass interference on D’shawn Jamison, BJ Foster (who contributed one of the two 15-yard penalties) allowed West Virginia’s leading WR to get behind him for a quick early score. There was an illegal chop-block clear as day on the same play that Jamison was called for P.I. that was apparently missed.

*** Jamison and Anthony Cook got the starts at Corner for Texas. Juwan Mitchell (!!!) got his first career start at MIKE.

*** West Virginia has one NFL-caliber talent among their front seven. His name is Darius Stills and he crossed Junior Angilau’s face with ease on a predictable opening zone run to start the game to rack up a TFL.

*** West Virginia dropping eight guys on every 3rd down that they got Texas into on the opening drive worked in the Longhorns’ favor. They finally figured it out and brought an extra guy on the fourth 3rd down and it resulted in a sack.

*** Texas’ refusal to do anything besides run the ball on every 1st down of the opening drive played into the Mountaineer’s favor.

*** I had a feeling Dicker was going to miss that 42-yarder.

*** Consider me surprised that Ayodele Adeoye made that type of play in coverage. Congrats to him on his first career interception and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Longhorns.

*** Malcolm Epps did a great job of using his size to go up and grab that fade ball like a rebound. Congrats to him for his first career touchdown.

*** Sam Ehlinger now has 10 touchdown passes of more than 20 yards this season. Impressive.

*** I thought that they were joking about reviewing a targeting call on a Kicker. They weren’t. Wow.

*** BJ Foster brings the pain. He may have knocked himself out of the game, unfortunately, after he de-cleated West Virginia RB Kennedy McKoy on an ill-advised soft toss out to the flats.

*** The injury bug has its teeth sunk deep into this Longhorn team right now. As if losing Foster weren’t enough with all of the injuries in the Secondary, starting RB Keaontay Ingram is reportedly doubtful to return to the game today before the 1st quarter can come to an end.

*** Texas was called for 5 penalties for 40 yards in the 1st quarter. They came into today’s matchup averaging 6 PER GAME.

*** I mentioned how much of a non-threat Austin Kendall is as a runner a few times in my KYO piece this week. Naturally, he kept the ball on a zone-read near the endzone and catches everyone off guard for a walk-in TD to put WVU up a score.

*** True Freshman TE Jared Wiley made an appearance in place of Reese Leitao early in the 2nd quarter.

*** Kirk Johnson (!!!) made his first appearance of the season as well on the same drive and picked up 6 yards on his first touch. He looked good

*** It was nice to see True Freshman Marcus Washington pick up 13 yards on a 3rd-and-7 and keep the sticks moving. I think he’s going to be a good player for Texas.

*** I don’t remember seeing Jake Smith in the first half. I wonder what’s up with that.

*** John Burt caught his first touchdown pass in over two years to even the score at 14. I’m not sure what WVU’s Keith Washington II was doing playing bail-technique in his own endzone.

*** I wasn’t keeping count, but it sure seemed like Texas missed at least 8 tackles in the 2nd quarter. Sheesh.

*** WVU Kicker Evan Staley, who was a Pre-Season All-Big XII selection, hasn’t been having a great year and he decided to match Cameron Dicker and miss one as well.

*** Roschon Johnson is a player.

*** Devin Duvernay’s diving sideline grab midway through the 2nd quarter was a perfect illustration of how tremendously strong his hands are.

*** Sam Ehlinger literally only has one move as a runner (the dead leg with the head nod), yet he crosses up multiple defenders with it every week. He used it to give Texas the lead for the first time today.

*** Keondre Coburn was flashing all over the place in the first half. He was blatantly held by the Center on the final pass by WVU to set up the Field Goal attempt.

*** How about TWO misses for Evan Staley?

*** Texas finished the first half with 7 penalties for 60 yards. In comparison, West Virginia was called for 1 penalty for 10 yards.

*** Sam Ehlinger was 13/21 (61.9%) for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half. He also added 26 yards and an 18-yard score on the ground.

*** Roschon Johnson had 9 carries for 53 yards in place of Keontay Ingram as RB1.

*** Texas was 6 of 9 on third downs in the first half.

*** Ingram started the second half, which had to be encouraging for the team and coaches.

*** Was Jake Smith being disciplined during the first half of this game?

*** Darius Stills has a great name. He’s also a heck of a player and has been kicking Junior Angilau and Derek Kerstetter’s butts. Texas had its best success running the ball when he was not in the game.

*** D’shawn Jamison made an INCREDIBLE play with that athletic one-handed interception that he ripped away from Sam James. That was the type of play and talent that allows Jamison to play at this level despite his size. What a freaky athletic play. Pass Interference atoned.

*** I can’t remember the last time I saw a Texas DB make a play like that. That was a “DBU” type play.

*** Joseph Ossai was quiet against OK State and for the first half of this game. He made an NFL-type play on his TFL of Kennedy McKoy to start the 2nd half.

*** Ehlinger did short-hop two deep comebacks today. Something to note.

*** I did notice Kenyatta Watson on the field today at Corner on Punt Returns. I didn’t notice him in a good way. He would later give up a deep ball late, as well as a touchdown on a simple fade route.

*** I’m not sure what Ehlinger was thinking on the interception on the deep ball attempt to John Burt. That ball was also severely underthrown. But also, not sure why he’s the guy they’re attempting that to.

*** These announcers were horrible. On the Unsportsmanlike Conduct call (which was BS), Derek Kerstetter was getting mobbed and a WVU player grabbed him from behind while he was trying to get up. No idea what that guy was talking about saying Angilau took a cheap shot at someone. Angilau literally walked away and wasn’t involved. Geez.

*** The Texas defense did a good job of bowing up after the turnover and forcing a field goal.

*** Texas missed Collin Johnson today.

*** West Virginia took away Devin Duvernay’s slant routes on third downs and Texas was clearly uncomfortable adjusting.

*** Penalty update heading into the 4th: Texas 9-for-84 WVU 2-for-15. Tough.

*** Juwan Mitchell got a hand on the ball that BJ Foster was able to pick off. This was huge because this turnover gave Texas the ball back in WVU territory.

*** Texas has forced three turnovers today. Not sure the team can ask for much more than that.

*** Devin Duvernay is a beast. He showed off some big-time talent on that 13-yard touchdown run that he cut back on and hurdled a defender. I think that at this point he’s a lock to go in the first 96 picks in next spring’s draft.

*** D’shawn Jamison, ladies and gentlemen. How about 2 interceptions for the True Sophomore.

*** I feel like Anthony Cook had a solid day. Especially in the tackling department.

*** The Texas Offensive Line wasn’t great today, but they did start to impose their will in the running game in the 4th quarter.

*** I can’t believe what I just saw on the Sam Cosmi touchdown catch and run. That was Darius Stills that he ran over at the goal line too. What a collision.

*** I don’t know how that play was legal, honestly. He was covered by a WR. Maybe it was technically a lateral. What an amazing play, though.

*** The open-field tackling is going to have to improve in a hurry otherwise Oklahoma might put up 50 next week in the Cotton Bowl.

*** A 23-yard Sam Ehlinger touchdown run right up the middle of a defeated WVU defense and you can put a bow on this one. 42-24 Texas.

*** After all of the noise WVU and their fanbase have talked, you know it felt good to go into their house and send many of those same fans home early.

*** Total Yards: Texas – 431 WVU – 463

*** 3rd Down Efficiency: Texas – 10/18 WVU – 4/14

*** Penalties: Texas 10-89 WVU 3-30

*** Texas rushed for 224 yards.

*** Sam Ehlinger finished 18/33 for 211 yards, 2 touchdown passes, and 1 interception. He added 45 yards on the ground and 2 scores.

*** Roschon Johnson rushed for a career-high 121 yards on a career-high 21 carries.

*** Devin Duvernay led the team with 86 yards on 6 receptions.

*** The Good: Texas gets to head into Dallas next week with some confidence in their ability to create turnovers. They also know what they have Offensively.

*** The Bad: This is consecutive games where Texas hasn’t “played that great, but still won.” If Texas doesn’t play that great next week, they’re going to get their asses handed to them.

*** End of the day, Texas is 4-1 and 2-0 in conference play. After Auburn’s loss to Florida, next week will be the first time that Texas and Oklahoma will meet with both teams being ranked in the Top-10 since 2008. Buckle, up folks. Hook’Em.

Roschon Johnson Earns Big 12 Honor
– CJ Vogel

Freshman RB Roschon Johnson has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for his performance in the win against West Virginia this past Saturday.

Johnson set a career high with 121 rushing yards on 21 carries. The freshman out of Port Neches Groves also added a reception for 10 yards as well.

Heading into the Red River Rivalry this weekend, expect Roschon to get a good chunk of carries and snaps with Keaontay Ingram still trying to figure things out.

Tom Herman Monday Presser | October 7th
– CJ Vogel

OU week is here!

Tom Herman stepped to the mic Monday morning to discuss the WVU win and week leading up to Oklahoma.

Health Update

  • Jordan Whittington – DOUBTFUL
  • Demarvion Overshown – QUESTIONABLE – Herman said he ran very well in practice yesterday, will work into practice this week.
  • Collin Johnson – WILL PLAY
  • Cade Brewer – PROBABLE – No concussion, will work into practice this week.

** Herman on the Texas-OU rivalry, “It is one of, if not the greatest game in college football.”

** Herman about Lincoln Riley, “His creativity offensively, his ability to stay so involved in the offense and yet tackle the requirements of being a head coach of a premier program in the country.”

It’s no secret that Herman doesn’t enjoy kicking field goals, he added this about being aggressive in the red zone: “As you guys know around here, we don’t like kicking field goals in the red zone. We’re going to pull out all the stops to score touchdowns in the red zone.”

Herman added that the Longhorns are 13-2 when they win the turnover battle.

** On the Cowboy package with BJ Foster and Demarvion Overshown: “We’ll probably be one-deep in that Cowboy, and if somebody goes down, probably not be able to play it much.”

** Herman acknowledged the absence of sacks against WVU, mentioned a play where Austin Kendall was able to hold the ball for 4.4 seconds. Said the defense needs to make Jalen Hurts feel “uncomfortable” in the pocket.

Red River Randoms | Cornerback, OTs & Johnson
– Super K

***Last week I talked about the goal for the WVU game being, in part, to find out what Texas has at cornerback and see if they can solidify that position.

It looks very much like D’Shawn Jamison did exactly that.

You’ll recall that we mentioned via sources in the offseason that Jamison was the best cornerback (according to some) in spring ball.

He will need to grow up when you make a play like this, then you’re the guy coaches need to invest in…

***Pretty significant news here on the OU side that could have an impact on the game this weekend.

As you may know, OU played without both their starting offensive tackles this past weekend.

This is a newly rebuilt offensive line. The depth isn’t there due to youth. The loss of the tackles was noticeable even against Kansas.

Lincoln Riley has announced that both are “highly questionable” for the Red River game.

It may be some gamesmanship on Riley’s part but we’ll check with our sources after practice today.

***And, as you all know, Collin Johnson is expected to play this weekend.

He was held out for precautionary reasons but should be full go this weekend.