Analysis: Texas QB Sam Ehlinger slings it in rout of La. Tech

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger picked up right where he left off to end the 2018 season.

Ehlinger threw four touchdown passes Saturday night against Louisiana Tech matching his career-high from last year’s win in Lubbock against Texas Tech.

This was only Ehlinger’s third game with more than three passing touchdowns during his Longhorns career. The Westlake High School product threw three touchdowns in a loss at home to West Virginia.

Ehlinger was efficient and precise against the Bulldogs without forcing many throws. At one point during the second quarter, Ehlinger was 15-of-18 passing. He finished the game with a completion percentage above 73%.

“I thought he managed the game really well. Openers against a new defensive coordinator…it was a blitz fest. Sam (Ehlinger) checked us into some really good plays,” Texas coach Tom Herman said.

The Longhorns junior quarterback spread the ball around to nine different Texas receivers.

The test gets much tougher next week with No. 6 LSU arriving in Austin with the eyes of college football on the prime time showdown.

LSU looked dominant in a game that they should’ve won easily. The Tigers beat Georgia Southern 55-3, and are bringing a new high-powered offense into Austin.

LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady was plucked away from the New Orleans Saints in the offseason and is working to bring a more dynamic offense to Baton Rouge.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow looks like he’s taken the next step as one of college football’s better passers. Burrow threw five touchdowns and only four incompletions Saturday in the rout of the Eagles.

Texas looked up to the challenge in their opening game, but next week the Longhorns will face their toughest game of the season.

ESPN announced College GameDay will be in Austin next week. The Saturday morning college football show is airing at a Longhorns home game in Austin for the first time since 2009.

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