The Longhorns took control of the game on the first possession of the third quarter, driving 75 yards in 12 plays to Ehlinger’s 1-yard touchdown plunge. Ehlinger added to the lead with a 9-yard sprint around the right side for touchdown with 20 seconds to play in the third quarter to put Texas ahead 27-3.
The Bears cut their deficit to 27-9 with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to John Lovett early in the fourth quarter. After an Ehlinger interception and a 32-yard return by J.T. Woods, Brewer hit Gavin Holmes for a 8-yard touchdown to draw the Bears to within 27-16 with 7:37 to play. But they would get no closer.
The Longhorns have now won five of the past six meetings overall between the two teams, who have now played 110 times through the years.
“I can't (overstate) it to finally have, you know, two really good weeks of practice, then translate that into playing well in the game,” Herman said. “A game like this should provide a lot of confidence [for us]."
Texas returns to play on Halloween afternoon with a crucial Big 12 dustup against undefeated conference leader Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
“We know we've got a lot of work to do and we've got a top-25 team ahead of us,” Herman said of the Oklahoma State game. “We're by no means a finished product on any side of the ball, but to have that kind of performance [we had today] for the three-and-a_half quarters, I think, was very uplifting.”
A win over the Cowboys could set the table for a wild race to the Big 12 championship game.
“We never saw ourselves as out of it,” Graham said. “We definitely were disappointed about those two losses. But at the same time we always know that we have a chance to win the conference if we keep taking it week by week. Now it's on to the next, and it's time to focus on Oklahoma State.”