Texas played its best when it absolutely had to in its uneven and surprisingly difficult 28-21 win over Tulsa on Saturday, which – according to coach Tom Herman – shows that his Longhorns have improved and can finish games.
The Longhorns (1-1) finally flexed their considerable muscle and depth in the fourth quarter when the Golden Hurricane were on track and had their offense rolling and scoring touchdowns rather than settling for missed field-goal attempts. Tulsa three missed field goals and dropped two passes in the end zone in its loss.
The deciding possessions came at the end, when Texas shrugged off its ragged third quarter and drove 75 yards in 13 plays to a Sam Ehlinger-to-Tre Watson 11-yard TD pass that gave them a 28-14 lead.
After Tulsa responded with a touchdown pass to climb back to within seven points, Texas ground out the final 4:53 of the game, running the ball on nine of its final 10 snaps, the final two of which were kneel-downs in the victory formation.
“The thing that I was so proud of, especially offensively, was how we kind of rallied in that fourth quarter,” Herman said. “So, you want to talk about a crew that was excited to be out there and playing to have fun; that was definitely the case.
“And then, in a one-score game to get the ball back, with 4:53 left on the clock and your opponent with two time-outs, and to end it the way we did – that’s a sign of a team that can finish.”
–Steve Habel (@SteveHabel), Field Level Media