Open Post | Tuesday, November 12th

Immediate Reaction | Post-game Thoughts | Kansas State
– D.T.

The Texas Longhorns (5-3, 3-2) had a golden opportunity to earn a win against a 16th ranked Kansas State Wildcat (6-2, 3-2) team at home in Austin on national television.

Another week, another Todd Orlando 3rd-down blitz that results in a big play. This time, it was a 70-yard touchdown on K-State’s opening drive.

Keaontay Ingram trips or slips down to the ground more than any other back I think I’ve ever watched.

Junior Angilau is going to be dishonored with a sack allowed on Texas’ opening drive, but it was a Coverage sack in reality. Ehlinger had plenty of time, he just had nowhere to go with the ball.

Somewhat predictably, Cameron Dicker was no good from 55 yards out and Texas finds themselves in a hole early against a team that does a great job of holding leads.

Another 3rd-down, this time Todd Orlando has a 4-man front (wow!) on the field AND he doesn’t blitz (!!!) …. Kansas State still coverts against the zone coverage for 21 yards to their leading Receiver, Dalton Schoen.

The following 3rd-down on the same drive sees a delayed blitz …. Another completion and conversion, this time for 14 yards. At least Todd Orlando is trying to switch things up. Just no right answers.

Keondre Coburn made some nice plays early.

You’ve heard rumors about changes being made on the coaching staff soon in the Secondary and today you see why they are so likely to come to fruition soon.

After a three-and-out following K-State going up 14-0, Texas finds themselves in big-time danger early. Credit the defense with finally getting a stop.

A Samuel Cosmi holding call negates a big-play and puts Texas in the land of no return on a 1st-and-20.

Wow, Texas converts and it’s none other than Brennan Eagles on the receiving end. Good to see.

Texas ran some beautiful RPO action to hit Devin Duvernay for 20+ yards on the next play. Where the heck has that creativity been all season?

There was an Al’Vonte Woodard sighting on the field today. Interesting after the Jordan Pouncey news.

An excellent flea-flicker call off of RPO action results in a Texas touchdown pass to Collin Johnson and the Horns are back in it. That was a great drive by whoever was calling the plays on that one. 8 plays, 80 yards, less than 4 minutes.

Texas can’t get K-State off the field on 3rd-down to save there lives, but how about a Brandon Jones forced fumble and Moro Ojomo recovery? Texas’ Defense actually made a big play!

That was particularly huge because the Wildcats do not turn the ball over and they were beginning to impose their will a bit at the LOS during that drive after converting a few 3rd-downs.

I’m not a fan of the swing pass to Keaontay Ingram. That’s not his game and Texas doesn’t particularly block it well. Reese Leitao was particularly poor on those plays.

Texas’ response to giving up the big pass plays early was to back their Corners up 10 yards from the LOS. Kansas State had whatever they wanted in the quick game the entire first half due to this. Sad to watch.

Skylar Thompson, who is statistically the worst-passing QB in the Big XII, was 13-15 for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns with 2 minutes to go in the first half. His career-high coming into the game was 218 yards. He’s also 5/6 on 3rd-downs. Jesus.

In comparison, Sam Ehlinger was 9-of-12 for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Despite things looking bleak for a while, Texas finds themselves down a touchdown with them receiving the ball to start the Second Half. That’s a win.

Junior Angilau went down with an injury and in his absence, Derek Kerstetter slid down to Right Guard from his usual Right Tackle spot, and Denzel Okafor came in at Right Tackle.

Okafor promptly gave up a sack on his first play in the game. Oh boy.

Whereas I don’t like the swing pass to Keaontay Ingram, the speed option with Ehlinger to Ingram was an effective weapon and resulted in a 34-yard score. Huge shoutout to Malcolm Epps for making a great block on the play to spring Ingram. Tie ballgame.

If you have DVR, watch Juwan Mitchell fill the hole and take on the Fullback at 12:34 in the 3rd Quarter. That’s what I’m talkin’ about, baby.

Another Kansas State mistake, this time a wide-open 3rd-down drop by the Tight End, results in Texas getting off the field again and all of a sudden, the Horns seemingly have all of the momentum.

Penalties (effort penalties, in my opinion) led to Texas squandering an opportunity to go up a touchdown, but a 36-yard Field Goal by Dicker gave Texas their first lead of the game. Credit to Texas for fighting back, that reflects on the staff in addition to the negative.

I’ve been telling y’all Mitchell was a baller for a while now.

Texas was getting major disruption at the LOS and point of attack in the 3rd quarter. Credit to everyone involved.

In case you missed it, Alfred Collins is in attendance. Texas’ defensive front has been fine this afternoon.

Roschon Johnson’s hurdle was unexpected and electrified the crowd.

Texas continues to get in their own way offensively with penalties. Low and behold, Sam Ehlinger throws an interception following a penalty that negated a would-be 1st-down inside of the KSU 15-yard line.

How about a big-time 54-yard Punt Return for Brandon Jones?!

Texas finally stays out of their own way and respond after the return to go up two scores. How about that?

That gets erased just like that. 97-yard Kickoff Return touchdown for the Wildcats. Wow.

Texas then follows that up with a three-and-out offensively and they are back in the danger zone at 24-21.

Welcome back, BJ Foster.

The penalty by Jalen Green was dumb. I’m not sure it gets called if the K-State player doesn’t stay down. Green will miss the first half against Iowa State.

What a great play by D’Shawn Jamison breaking up what would have been a 27-yard touchdown and forcing a field goal. He didn’t give up on the play and it paid off for him.

Tie ball game with Sam Ehlinger and the Texas Offense with 6:45 left in the ball game. Not sure what more you could ask for if you’re Texas.

It seems like every time Texas got something going, a Holding call would emerge.

What a blitz pickup and what a throw on 3rd-and-14 from near midfield. Huge play.

I don’t think Jake Smith has played today.

Kansas State has had no answer for the RPO out of Texas’ 11-Personnel look today. This new wrinkle has been huge for the Offense.

I must say, Denzel Okafor has looked pretty darn good after need a play or two to adjust to the game speed.

In the 2nd half, Texas had 317 yards of offense to Kansas State’s 55 yards. Attaboy, Todd Orlando.

I thought that the clock management by Texas on that final drive was excellent …

…. Outside of the penalty that negated the game-clinching TD. WTF on the illegal formation man. Come on, guys.

Cameron Dicker knocks in what is essentially an extra-point and Texas pulls off the come-from-behind victory at home against a 16th-ranked Kansas State team.

Texas’ Big XII title game hopes are still alive heading into next week’s matchup with Iowa State.

Sam Ehlinger finished the game 22/29 (75%) for 263 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also added 40 yards on the ground including some crucial plays.

Keaontay Ingram had 139 yards on 16 carries (8.7) and 2 scores.

Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay combined for 16 receptions, 220 yards, and a score.

This was a heck of a win, despite some undisciplined penalties that will likely end up costing Texas in the not-so-distant future if they don’t clean it up. Enjoy this one folks, Hook’Em.

Weekend Recruiting | Quick-Hitters
– Super K

***Alfred Collins had mentioned he may take in the UT game but I’m told he didn’t make it in.

***2020 LB, Jaqwondis Burns (IMG Academy) and Texas native was on his official visit this weekend.

From what I’ve initially heard, the visit went fairly well. However, I didn’t get the sense that a flip is imminent or even necessarily likely.

But, I plan on seeing Burns and speaking with him later this week. So, I should be able to bring you the word straight from him.

***I’ll also likely swing by and see Jordan Pouncey while I’m out there but I don’t gather he’s likely to return to Texas.

Injury News | Texas Commit
Charlie S

I spoke to K and he let me know that recent Texas commit Dajon Harrison suffered a serious injury yesterday.

It sounds like Harrison broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle.

Wishing him a speedy and full recovery.

Injury Updates | Herman Press Conference
– CJ Vogel

Health Update

With the exception of Junior Angilau, Texas escaped Kansas State with a win and without multiple significant injuries. Two wins for one.

  • WR Collin Johnson – tweaked hamstring – Herman said it’s not in the same spot as the previous injury and that he will receive “aggressive” treatment
  • OG Junior Angilau – OUT – MCL injury, considered week-to-week
  • LB Jeffrey McCulloch – questionable – Herman said McCulloch’s progession has been better this week than last. A good sign.
  • DB Chris Brown – fractured forearm – Injury healed faster than anticipated, he was cleared to play with a cast on Friday
  • Demarvion Overshown – back/neck – Cleared, yet dealing with “pain issues”
  • RB Jordan Whittington – sports hernia – Cleared, however still dealing with soreness. Probably why he didn’t get much play this weekend.
  • Ryan Bujcevski – clavicle – remains OUT

Good sign, the secondary should be just about back to full strength, though Josh Thompson remains sidelined.

Bad sign, Collin Johnson returning to the injury report with a hamstring injury.

Ugly sign, Junior Angilau missing multiple weeks with a MCL injury. Luckily, Okafor looked solid at RT.

Herman’s Presser

** Zach Shackelford was the only OL who graded as a “champion” says Herman.

** Kerstetter will move to right guard with Angilau out. That means Denzel Okafor will be the man at right tackle for the time being.

**You may have noticed more 4-WR sets, Herman said that was the result of Cade Brewer being out. “With (Brewer) out, we wanted to get out in space with some detached formations we felt it was best to jog another receiver in, especially on 3rd down.”

** Herman said Iowa State QB Blake Purdy had “moxie” as a freshman and that this year “he’s standing back there and throwing the ball really, really well.”

** It’s going to be the coldest game of the year with the current forecast set for 40 degrees for Saturday. Herman said “cold really doesn’t affect your gameplan.” Interesting.

Game Preview

Like I said earlier, it will be the coldest game of the season for Texas. The forecasted temperature in Ames on Saturday is 40 degrees for the high, and a low of 30.

Iowa State opened as 5.5-point favorites.

Texas is back in the AP Top 25 with a spot at #22.