from the office at DKR
What’s gotten into the Texas run defense? That was another phenomenal half in keeping West Virginia to 21 yards on 14 carries, following last week's solid performance against Oklahoma State.
Ehlinger has been OK. He’s clearly playing hurt, which makes us wonder why the play-calling has had him run a few times? He badly under-threw a wide-open Brennan Eagles early in the second quarter that would have been an easy touchdown. If he’s healthy, that’s six points.
But his 14-yard pass to Jake Smith on third-and-21 directly set up Cameron Dicker’s 47-yard field-goal attempt late in the first half.
On another note, some think Ehlinger has regressed this season, but let’s be honest in the fact that he lost two NFL wide receivers from last year, this team’s receiving corps is sub-par and the offensive line is not good.
On West Virginia’s scoring drive in the first quarter, Caden Sterns got burned for a 38-yard gain on 3rd-and-10 midway after Alfred Collins dropped a sure interception the play before. While those plays will rarely be remembered in the days ahead, it’s a series of plays such as those that can be the difference in close games. We’ll see if that hurts Texas at the end.
Josh Thompson’s catch of Ryan Bujcevski’s punt midway through the first quarter to pin West Virginia at its own 3 was a thing of special-teams beauty. The punting has gotten dramatically better the last 1 1/2 games as Bujcevski pinned the Mountaineers inside their own 5 twice.
Herman going for it on fourth-and-1 at the WVU 39 was the right call. Texas may not have gotten it, but the reward there is high with not much risk.
Incredible 21-yard catch by Tarik Black late in the first quarter to get the Horns within the WVU 25. Another crucial play that won’t get remembered at the end of the day, but it helped lead to Dicker’s 34-yard field goal.
You can’t fault Dicker for missing a 47-yard attempt at the end of the half, but that’s another play that could be crucial come the end of the game.
D’Shawn Jamison had an interception stolen away from him by West Virginia’s Isaiah Esdale midway through the second quarter. That would have been huge for Texas to get the ball inside the WVU 40.
Texas’ opening touchdown drive spurred by Bijan Robinson’s 54-yard run on the first play from scrimmage was exactly the tone-setter it needed.