All hail, Sam. And Dicker the Kicker.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was named one of eight honorees for the Davey O’Brien Award’s “Great 8” list.
Ehlinger totaled 386 yards and five touchdowns in the Longhorns’ 48-45 victory over No. 7 Oklahoma in the AT&T Red River Showdown. He was also named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
“We had a long conversation about just because this is Oklahoma doesn’t mean we need to get conservative and play not to lose ,” coach Tom Herman said on Monday. “We need to get aggressive. I didn’t say reckless, I didn’t say silly, I said aggressive and confident. It was a really good conversation and one I’m glad we had.”
Ehlinger was 24 of 35 for 314 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while rushing for 72 yards and three scores on the ground. His five touchdowns were the most for a Longhorn quarterback in the Red River Showdown and a new career high. His three rushing scores were a career high and the most for a Longhorn since the 2016 season.
His 386 total yards were the second-most by a Longhorn quarterback in the Red River Showdown, behind just his 388 total yards a season ago. It was just the fourth 300-yard passing effort ever by a Longhorn quarterback against Oklahoma.
Ehlinger has now attempted a school-record 163 consecutive passes without throwing an interception, besting Major Applewhite’s previous school record of 156 set in 1999. Ehlinger and the Longhorns have played turnover free football in each of the last three games.
The sophomore quarterback passed for 200 yards in all 12 career starts, while Saturday’s effort was his second career 300-yard performance. He has passed for 3,414 career yards and 22 touchdowns, both 12th on Texas’ career QB rankings.
Ehlinger and kicker Cameron Dicker, who nailed the game-winning kick for Texas, were both honored as by the Big 12 Players of the Week following their efforts in the win Saturday.
Dicker was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on a game-winning, 40-yard field goal with nine seconds left to lift the Longhorns to victory. He also made a 44-yard field goal in the win and converted all six of his extra point attempts.
–Field Level Media