Longhorns now dealing with new experience for most players: success

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns are on their first three-game win streak since 2014 — in other words, a new experience for most of these players. 

The third straight also snapped a four-game losing streak to TCU. So now the team that started the season with a disappointing and surprising loss at Maryland is having to figure out how to deal with success.

“I told our team yesterday: They’re not going to spot us seven points in Manhattan because we beat TCU,” head coach Tom Herman said. “Can we take the lessons that we’ve learned, both from a football standpoint and a psychological standpoint from the last couple of weeks? Certainly.”

Herman now has to battle that fine line between enjoying success, and staying on edge with just a third of the season in the books. 

“I think winning is intoxicating,” Herman said. “And it feels really, really good. But I think the key that I’m proud of this group of guys, this team, is they understand that you don’t beat TCU on Saturday. You don’t. The three and a half hours on Saturday is the reward for how hard you prepare and the sacrifices that you make.”

Herman should have no trouble getting this team ready for Kansas State despite the fact that the Wildcats are coming off a 35-6 loss at West Virginia. Texas has lost their last six in Manhattan and has never beaten a Bill Snyder team at K-State.

“It doesn’t matter what their record is, they’re going to show up and they’re going to be loud and they’re going to try to make an impact on the game much like our fans have the last two weeks,” Herman said.

“So you put all that together — [a] well-coached team that plays hard, that plays smart and they’ve got a raucous fan base that shows up regardless of weather, regardless of record, regardless of any of that — and that makes for a difficult place to play.” 

Herman announced both starting offensive tackles Calvin Anderson and Sam Cosmi did not practice on Sunday but are expected to be ready when Texas goes back to work on Tuesday.

Freshman safety Caden Sterns was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after his two inceptions and five tackle game against TCU.

Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger was named as one of the eight nominees for the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” for the week. 

This honor recognizes eight quarterbacks throughout the nation for their play. Ehlinger passed for 255 yards, two touchdowns and ran for a touchdown. Ehlinger has passed for 6 touchdowns and no interceptions in UT’s three-game win streak.

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