1. While the precise play on which the injury occurred isn’t certain to his head coach, the series on which quarterback Sam Ehlinger hurt his right shoulder was a critical one for obvious reasons.
It’s hard to be certain when he suffered the injury, Ehlinger also had a gash on his right hand that drew enough blood for him to have to keep shaking it off to take the snap from center and even throw the ball. It likely came on a 7-yard run over left end on the eighth play of the game.
“He actually made a throw or two after, but the reason they stopped the game was he had blood on his hand,” Texas coach Tom Herman said. “So, as he’s coming off, we thought, okay, he’s going to be out for a play, just get the blood cleaned up as they do, any time you’ve got exposed blood, you’ve got to come off the field. And he came off, he goes, ‘Coach, my shoulder’s messed up. My shoulder’s messed up.’ We said, okay. So, we had the trainers look at him and the shoulder was messed up.”
2. Quarterback Shane Buechele’s 44-yard TD pass in the second quarter to Collin Johnson.
The highlight-reel touchdown connection was impressive because of the circumstances. Buechele was on the mark, but Johnson, looking back into the bright sunshine, didn’t see the ball until the last split second when it was almost past him. He snagged it off his back shoulder and jaunted the final five yards into the end zone.
“Man, I was fighting seeing the ball,” Johnson said. “So, I just had to rely on the fact that I knew where Shane was going with it and sticking my arms out and making a play.”
3. Caden Sterns’ late-second-quarter interception that set the table for Cameron Dicker’s 47-yard field goal on the final play before halftime.
The FG pushed Texas’ lead to 23-10.
Sterns ranged over to the sidelines to nab a Charlie Brewer pass; it was his fourth interception of the season, tying the true freshman record for the Longhorns set in 1993 by Chris Carter and matched by Quandre Diggs in 2011.
4. A dropped pass in the end zone by Baylor’s Tyquan Thornton midway through the second quarter.
Brewer delivered a perfect deep throw to Thornton, who made a great move to get away from the Longhorns’ Davante Davis, but Thornton couldn’t corral the pass. The Bears’ Connor Martin converted a 46-yard, into-the-wind field goal on the next play, but Texas avoided more serious damage.
–Field Level Media