BLOG: Longhorns dominate Utah 38-10 for big upset in Alamo Bowl

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — The Longhorns have one last chance to make an impact on the season in the final college football game of 2019.

Texas and No. 11 Utah will ring in the New Year at the Alamodome Tuesday night in the Alamo Bowl. The Utes are favored to win this contest, but it will be a de-facto road game with a majority of the crowd supporting the Longhorns.

The Longhorns (7-5) are mostly healthy for the game, but will be without some linebacker depth. Byron Vaughns and David Gbenda were sent home for a violation of team rules and will not play in the game.

Utah is missing some key pieces in the secondary. Safety Julian Blackmon is out due to injury and Jaylon Johnson isn’t playing to prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Longhorns have won both bowl games under coach Tom Herman including the massive upset against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl last year.

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1st quarter, Texas first possession

What happened: The Longhorns wasted no time testing out Utah’s makeshift secondary. Sam Ehlinger hit Collin Johnson down the middle of the field for a 34-yard gain. The Longhorns tested Utah’s run defense and Keaontay Ingram was able to break out for a few decent gains. Ehlinger made a poor decision on third down in the Utah red zone, but the Utes couldn’t come up with the interception. Cameron Dicker kicked a 29-yard field goal for the early lead.

Score: 3-0 Texas leads

1st quarter, Utah possession

What happened: The Utes picked up a first down on their first offensive play, but at least early the Longhorns defense is motivated to stop the run. Redshirt freshman Keondre Coburn pushed through the Utes offensive line to disrupt a 3rd-and-two and force a Utah punt. The Longhorns will start their second drive at their own 22-yard line.

1st quarter, Texas possession

What happened: The Longhorns offensive line got beat on third down. Guard Junior Angilau was pushed back into Ehlinger by Leki Fotu. Fotu came up with the sack to force a Longhorns punt.

1st quarter, Utah possession

What happened: Utah missed a massive opportunity and the Longhorns caught a break. Running back Devonta’e Henry-Cole came out of the backfield wide open on third down, but dropped the pass. Henry-Cole had a lot of room to run and potentially could’ve scored from 50 yards out. Instead, it was another Utah punt.

The Longhorns defense held Utah to 40 yards of offense in the first quarter while containing standout running back Zack Moss to 11 yards on four carries.

2nd quarter, Texas possession

What happened: The Longhorns defense forced its first three-and-out of the game and then D’Shawn Jamison did his best work. Jamison is a weapon in special teams and he let it loose with a 71-yard punt return. He was tackled at the Utah six-yard line.

Welcome back, Collin Johnson. After missing half of the season with a hamstring injury, Ehlinger found Johnson on a bootleg for the five-yard touchdown pass.

Score: Texas leads 10-0

2nd quarter, Utah possession

What happened: Utah has 18 rushing yards on 12 carries. It’s early, but interim defensive coordinator Craig Naivar is doing a great job. The Utes have 71 total yards of offense late in the second quarter and haven’t seriously taken the ball into Texas territory.

2nd quarter, Texas possession

What happened: An amazing one-handed 40-yard catch by Devin Duvernay kept a Texas drive alive. The Longhorns decided to go for it on fourth-and-two from the Utah eight yards line. Utah finally got some pressure on Ehlinger to force an interception, but it would’ve been better if the Utah defensive back had dropped it. With the interception, Utah will start the drive at their own one-yard line.

Former Cedar Park defensive back Javelin Guidry made the interception for Utah.

2nd quarter, Utah possession

What happened: Utah had to go 99 yards for a score. The drive started with promise as the Utes went up tempo to move into Longhorns territory. The defense tightened up around the 40-yard line with some help from the officials. Utah was knocked back by an ineligible man downfield penalty and an intentional grounding penalty to completely stall the drive. Utah punted as the game heads to halftime.

Halftime score: Texas leads 10-0

3rd quarter, Utah possession

What happened: Utah struggled on fourth down attempts in the Pac 12 Championship. Their struggles continued thanks to some great Texas defense. On 4th-and-1, Utah QB Tyler Huntley kept it on a zone read and was contained out wide and actually lost two yards at their own 43-yard line. Texas will take over with all sorts of momentum.

3rd quarter, Texas possession

What happened: This drive belonged to Keaontay Ingram. Ingram started the drive with a hard five-yard run where he ran over a linebacker. Next, Ehlinger tossed it to Ingram for 15 yards. On the next play, Ingram escaped out of the backfield undetected and Ehlinger tossed a laser for the 11-yard touchdown.

Score: Texas leads 17-0

3rd quarter, Utah possession

What happened: Utah put together its best drive of the game going 60 yards on 11 plays. Utah moved down to the Longhorns 22-yard line, but couldn’t get another first down. Linebacker Joseph Ossai has been great getting pressure on Huntley and landing two sacks. The Utes were forced to kick a field goal.

Score: Texas leads 17-3

NOTE: Alamo Bowl official attendance: 60,147

3rd quarter, Texas possession

What happened: This is turning into a rout. Ehlinger broke off a 31-yard run on 3rd-and-2 down to the Utah 35-yard line. The Utes helped Texas by losing their composure on an unnecessary roughness penalty and a facemask. The Longhorns scored the touchdown on a busted play. Ehlinger was locking for a shovel pass to Roschon Johnson but ended up taking it himself when Johnson was covered.

Score: Texas leads 24-3

4th quarter, Utah possession

What happened: Utah scores its first touchdown of the game to stay alive for an epic comeback. Utah moved into the Longhorns red zone on three plays reaching the Texas five-yard line. Ossai notched his third sack of the game pushing Utah back to the 11-yard line. It looked like Texas stopped Utah on 4th-and-7, but Keondre Coburn was called for a penalty when his helmet was knocked off and he kept playing. With new life, Huntley found Demari Simpkins for a four-yard touchdown.

Score: Texas leads 24-10

4th quarter, Texas possession

What happened: Finally, the Longhorns had a big lead and kept their foot on the gas. Texas answered after Utah’s touchdown with a seven play, 75 yard drive ending with another unreal catch by Devin Duvernay. Duvernay scored on a 15-yard pass from Ehlinger giving him three catches for 92 yards in a touchdown in his final game as a Longhorn.

Score: Texas leads 31-10

4th quarter, Texas possession

What happened: One play, 49 yards for Keaontay Ingram and that’s a wrap on the Alamo Bowl. Texas was flat out better Tuesday night. Ingram stamped the exclamation point with a 49-yard touchdown run.

FINAL: Texas wins 38-10

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