Why Texas Will Win The Big 12 Championship
– So how did they do it the first time around? How did the Longhorns pull off the 48-45 win, and more to the point, how did they dominate for three quarters before Kyler Murray and the OU O went off in the big comeback?
They pointed away on the offensive line on key downs, getting powerful on the Oklahoma defensive front when it was time to put the game away. The 177 rushing yards might not seem like that big a deal, but the 4.66 yards per carry were the second-most in any game this season by the Texas offense.
No one really pounds away on the Sooner defensive front, mostly because teams have tried to keep up the pace through the air. However, the Sooners have allowed four rushing scores in each of the last three games, and got hit hard by Kansas for 348 yards and four touchdowns two weeks ago.
– Sam Ehlinger, yeah, do that again. The Texas defense melted down late, and the rest of the offense was fine, but win in Dallas in the first week of October was all about Ehlinger getting the O going, completing 69% of his passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, and grinding away for 72 yards and three touchdowns. And, very importantly in the win …
– He didn’t turn the ball over. Texas was a +3 in turnover margin on the day. The Sooners don’t have a huge turnover problem – the three were the most given up in any game – but over the last month, they’ve given it away twice in three of the four games. They were all close calls.