AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns put together one of their most complete games under Tom Herman in the 37-14 win over USC.
They did some things well while USC certainly helped the Horns in other areas.
13, 29 and 22: Special teams is always that third phase of the game that coaches lose sleep over and fans sometimes dismiss. Special teams cost USC big with punts of 13, 29, and 22 yards that gave Texas some great field position. The Longhorns also came up with their first non-offensive touchdown of the season with Caden Sterns’ blocked field goal, which was returned by linebacker Anthony Wheeler for a score.
.455: Offensively, Herman did not expect Sam Ehlinger to throw for a high percentage, and he didn’t at 15-33 (.455 completion percentage) for 223 yards. On the positive side, he didn’t turn it over and hit on some big plays, including the touchdown pass to freshman Joshua Moore. The Horns also got two big 3rd down catches from tight end Andrew Beck, a position where they were so thin last year. The Longhorns were also able to have success running ball with 160 yards on the ground.
11: Defensively, Texas put all kinds of pressure on the Trojans racking up 11 tackles for loss. Those numbers will be harder to come by on Saturday against a fast TCU offense that put up more than 500 yards in their loss to Ohio State.