Any lingering notion of our Oklahoma bias can now
be fully dismissed because this week, our choice for
top player did his damage in a devastating upset of the
Sooners on their home field.
The Red River Rivalry was a wild affair with Texas
nearly blowing a three-touchdown lead only to come
down the field late and win on a late field goal.
The person leading the way for the Longhorns,
quarterback Sam Ehlinger, gave a performance of
remarkable balance in serving notice to the college
football world that Texas might just be back—for real—
on the national stage.
Ehlinger was 24-35 for 314 yards and two touchdowns
in the air. Not bad. But he coupled it with 72 yards on the
ground and three more touchdowns on foot. And he led
the ‘Horns into position for what would be the winning field
goal with a key run for a third-down conversion and an
8-yard scamper to set up freshman kicker Cameron Dicker
to make it from 40 yards out.
All in all, this was a performance of great leadership in a
game that is a high stakes battle in the leanest of years, but
this year saw both teams ranked going in.
For good measure, Ehlinger can also brag that he defeated
our previous two weeks’ selections in a single game.
PHOTO: UT ATHLETICS
TOP PERFORMER: WEEK 6
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