BLOG: Texas defense can’t keep up with LSU QB in 45-38 loss

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns lost their first game of the season when the defense couldn’t stand up to a red-hot LSU offense.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger recorded a career-high in passing yards, but he was bested by LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who threw for 471 yards in the 45-38 LSU win.

This is a play-by-play live blog with updates and analysis from the start until the end of the LSU-Texas game.

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All the big Texas stars are out for this highly-anticipated contest. Former Longhorns basketball player Mo Bamba was on the sideline before the game pumping the UT students.

The match up to watch will be LSU’s offense against the Texas defense. LSU is bringing a new up-tempo style offense to Austin. The Longhorns passed their first test of the season against Louisiana Tech. How will Texas fare against LSU quarterback Joe Burrow?

All bets are on, including for Senator Ted Cruz, who is counting on a Longhorns football victory against LSU on Saturday.

He made a bet with Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise for one of the more anticipated non-conference games of the season and said he was excited to go to the game.

Longhorns first possession, start of first quarter

What happened: Texas started the drive by taking advantage of an overzealous LSU defensive line. Sam Ehlinger hit runnng back Keaontay Ingram on a 19-yard screen play moving the Longhorns near midfield. From there, Texas couldn’t convert on a 3rd and two punting the ball away to LSU.

LSU possession, 12:45 to go in first quarter

What happened: LSU installed a new offense in the offseason and, even with only one game under its belt, found a nice offensive rhythm on its first drive. LSU hit on two short third down conversions and picked up a big pass play from Burrow to Terrace Marshall. The Longhorns held on a third and five at 19-yard line forcing a Cade York 36-yard field goal.

Score: LSU leads 3-0

Longhorns second possession, first quarter

What happened: Behind a 28 yard reception from Ehlinger to Brennan Eagles and a LSU personal foul, Texas marched down the field with first and goal at the 8 yard line. An Ehlinger run took Texas to the 2 yard line where they failed to convert on fourth down. Texas took a gamble and missed when Ingram dropped a wide open pass in the end zone.

AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns runs the ball defended by Tyler Shelvin #72 of the LSU Tigers and Derek Stingley Jr. #24 in the first quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

LSU second possession, first quarter

What happened: Backed up at their two yard line, the Longhorns defense manhandled the line of scrimmage. LSU had 3rd and 9 at the 3-yard line and made the first mistake of the game. Burrow’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and sophomore linebacker Joseph Ossai intercepted it.

Longhorns third possession, first quarter

What happened: The LSU defensive line isn’t getting pushed around by the Texas offensive line. Texas turned it over on downs for the second straight possession. This time, the Longhorns failed to punch it in the end zone from LSU’s 4-yard line. Sam Ehlinger was stopped for a loss on a designed run. The play that was so effective for the Longhorns during the 2018 season.

End of first quarter: LSU leads 3-0

LSU possession, second quarter

What happened: Longhorns sophomore nickelback B.J. Foster single-handedly stopped a somewhat promising LSU drive with two sacks in three plays. It was Foster’s first sacks of the season.

Longhorns possession, second quarter

What happened: The Longhorns notched their first 50+ yard in over two years. The Longhorns didn’t have an offensive play go for more than 50 yards in 2018. Texas has snapped that dubious streak with a 55-yard touchdown pass and catch to Brennan Eagles. The eight play, 78 yard drive also gave the Longhorns the lead.

Score: Texas leads 7-3

LSU possession, second quarter

What happened: The Longhorns lead was short lived. Burrow guided LSU down the field in an efficient eight play, 75 yard drive that ended with a touchdown catch from Justin Jefferson. LSU was fairly balanced during the drive getting 31 yards on the ground and 44 through the air.

Score: LSU leads 10-7

LSU possession, 4:30 in second quarter

What happened: Longhorns linebacker Joseph Ossai is quickly becoming one of the better players on the Texas defense. After an interception in the first quarter, Ossai sacked Burrow for an 11 yard loss forcing an LSU field goal. The Longhorns defense will need to make some adjustments at halftime as Burrow is finding open receivers for big pass plays.

AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: Jeffrey McCulloch #23 of the Texas Longhorns tips a pass by Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers in the first quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Score: LSU leads 13-7

LSU possession, 1:30 to go in second quarter

What happened: Texas’ aggression on offense came back to hurt them in the final minutes of the first half. The Longhorns mismanaged the clock on a three and out allowing LSU another possession in the half. The Tigers are really moving the ball well. Burrow led LSU on a 3 play, 58 yard touchdown drive that only lasted 26 seconds. Burrow hit Jefferson for a 21-yard touchdown to put the Longhorns in a 20-7 hole. LSU has racked up 298 yards in the first half with Burrow accounting for 220 passing yards on 16-of-21 passing.

Halftime Score: LSU leads 20-7

Longhorns possession, 14:02 to go in third quarter

What happened: After the Longhorns’ defense forced a LSU three and out to start the third quarter. Texas put together its most complete drive of the brief 2019 season amassing a 19 play, 86 yard drive capped off by an Ehlinger touchdown run that took over seven minutes off the clock.

Score: LSU leads 20-14

LSU possession, 6:51 to go in third quarter

What happened: Texas holds LSU to a 40 yard field goal from Cade York. The drive was set up by LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase who snagged a 41 yard reception from Burrow to set up the kick.

Score: LSU leads 23-14

Note: Texas has announced that the official attendance for Saturday’s game is 98,763

Longhorns possession, 5:10 to go in third quarter

What happened: The Longhorns made second half adjustments and have the offense back in rhythm. Texas scored a touchdown on back-to-back drives. Freshman receiver Jake Smith caught the first touchdown pass of his Longhorns career on a 20-yard strike from Ehlinger. The drive took seven plays with four first downs in 2:34.

Score: LSU leads 23-21

LSU possession, 2:36 to go in third quarter

What happened: We’re set up for a classic fourth quarter with the way these teams are putting up points. LSU answered back with a touchdown drive of its own. The Longhorns dialed up a blitz, but weren’t able to get to Burrow and he made them pay. Receiver Terrace Marshall has 100 receiving yards after a 26-yard touchdown reception at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Score: LSU leads 30-21

Longhorns possession, 14:52 to go in fourth quarter

What happened: The Longhorns have possessed the ball three times in the second half, and have scored a touchdown on each drive. In a game breaking situation, the Longhorns went for it on fourth down and three from the LSU 44. A failure on that play could’ve signaled the end of the game. Instead, Ehlinger found Devin Duvernay in the middle of the field. Duvernay avoided two tacklers and went in for a touchdown.

Score: LSU leads 30-28

LSU possession, 12:09 to go in fourth quarter

What happened: Six plays, five first downs for the Tigers and LSU is on the board with another touchdown. LSU is keeping up its break neck pace, and it is certainly putting the Longhorns defensive line on its heels. LSU has racked up 500 yards of offense.

Score: LSU leads 37-28

Longhorns possession, 9:58 to go in fourth quarter

What happened: The drive stalled when Ehlinger took a 12-yard sack on first down at the LSU 43 yard line. They were able to salvage the drive with a 46-yard Cameron Dicker field goal – a vital answer to keep Texas within a possession of LSU with just four minutes left on the clock.

Score: LSU leads 37-31

LSU possession, 3:59 to go in fourth quarter

What happened: LSU needed one last drive to kill the clock and end the game. With 2:34 to go, the Tigers faced a 3rd and 17 at their own 39 yard line. The Longhorns blitzed and didn’t get to Burrow. The LSU quarterback threw for 471 yards Saturday night with the final 61 yards coming on a touchdown to Justin Jefferson to ice the game. Three LSU receivers had over 100 yards receiving against the Texas secondary.

Score: LSU leads 45-31

Sam Ehlinger had a career-high in passing yards, but it’s going to come in a loss at home to LSU. His fourth touchdown pass of the night went to Devin Duvernay with 22 seconds remaining to make the score 45-38.

The Longhorns nearly retrieved the onside kick, but Collin Johnson couldn’t secure the ball before it bounced out of his hands and out of bounds.

FINAL: 45-38 LSU wins

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