AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns are proving that the polls aren’t necessarily how well you play, but what happens to teams in front of you. That’s what happened in the Coaches poll where Texas jumped six spots to number 8 after its 23-17 win over Baylor, where the team failed to score in the 2nd half.
The Longhorns moved up two spots in the A.P. poll from 9th to 7th. Texas (6-1, 4-0) is the highest ranked Big 12 team after West Virginia’s loss at Iowa State, which also leaves the Longhorns alone on top of the Big 12 standings. Oklahoma is ranked 9th with WVU dropping to 13th.
Texas heads into its open week with the health of starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger in question. Ehlinger left Saturday’s game on UT’s first series because of blood on his hand but then he didn’t return because of a shoulder injury. Head coach Tom Herman said after the game that Ehlinger suffered an AC sprain in his right shoulder and hopes to have him throwing by Friday.
Junior Shane Buechele saw his first action of the season, going 20-34 for 184 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Freshman Keontay Ingram ran for 110 yards on 19 carries, his first 100 game as a Longhorn.
The Texas defense did hold Baylor to 19 points below its season average and it was UT’s fourth opponent to score 17 points or less.
Texas will hit the road for their next game, Oct. 27 at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys suffered the team’s second consecutive loss on Saturday at home, losing to Kansas State 31-12.