Saturday, November 18, 2017

Longhorns Snag Upset they've needed ALL SEASON!!!

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

Say what you will about this season...but we're going to a bowl game!!!

Reasonably healthy for the first time in a month, the Longhorns went into West Virgina this afternoon and snagged their first upset of the season after near-misses against USC, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.  With the win, the Longhorns clinched a bowl appearance for the first time in three years.  An eight win season is now in the realm of the possible.

On offense, Sam Ehlinger, Toneil Carter, and Connor Williams all returned from injuries.  The result was an offense that finally came off of life support against a halfway decent team [Note: Baylor and Kansas don't count].  We'll take it.

The defense looked phenomenal.  They only gave up one touchdown all game (W. Va's first touchdown was a pick 6).  If the seniors return and they stay healthy (admittedly, two BIG "if's"), this unit could be scary good next year.

That being said, there was an ABSURD "targeting" call against Breckyn Hegar that led to his ejection.  The replay clearly showed that Hegar's momentum carried him into the quarterback (to say nothing of the fact that Hegar's facemask was grabbed on the same play).  Making matters that much more insulting, Hegar won't be eligible to play during the first half next week.

But today was good.

Bottom Line: Tom Herman has officially shown progress in his first season.  Injuries and the second toughest schedule in the country are now explanations, not excuses.  We'll see what happens in the final two games.

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