The University of Texas fields one of the nation’s most productive offenses
in 2019, highlighted by the Longhorns’ 35.0 points-per-game average.
Led by junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, Texas’ offense ranks in the
top 20 nationally in passing yards per game (296.2), third down conversions
(49.1%), scoring average (35.0), total offense per game (468.2) and turnovers lost
(13). Ehlinger has thrown for 3,462 yards and 29 touchdowns, and accounted for
4,052 yards of total offense and 35 total touchdowns, in 2019. His 3,462 passing
yards are the third most by a quarterback in Texas history, and his 29 passing
touchdowns are tied with Colt McCoy for the second-best tally by a Longhorn. The
Austin, Texas native is only the third UT player to surpass 4,000 yards of total
offense in a season, joining Longhorn Legends Vince Young, who achieved the
feat in 2005, and Colt McCoy, who did so in 2008, in that club.
Ehlinger’s top target has been senior wide receiver Devin Duvernay, who has
caught 103 passes for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Duvernay
leads the country in receptions and receptions per game, and his 1,294 receiving
yards are the fourth-best tally among FBS receivers this year. Duvernay 2019
tallies both rank second in school history, behind only former consensus All-
American Jordan Shipley’s historic 2009 campaign. Duvernay is one of only two
Power Five receivers with more than 90 catches and more than 1,000 receiving
yards this year. He has produced seven 100-yard games, tying the Texas record,
and is one shy of the FBS lead in that category this season.
The Longhorns have been effective in several stages of the game offensively
in 2019, most notably on third downs. Texas has converted 86-of-175 (49.1%)
third downs this season, a mark which ranks in the top 10 nationally. UT has
gone 6-1 in games where they convert more than 50% of their third downs, and
are 1-4 when held under 50%.
Texas has also been one of the nation’s elite at holding onto the football. The
Longhorns have surrendered only 13 turnovers in 2019, tied with Kansas State
for the fewest in the Big 12. UT ranks 16th nationally in that category. Texas is
16-4 in Tom Herman’s tenure as head coach when winning the turnover battle.
Tom Herman’s team has dialed up the pressure when it counts on offense,
with its best showings coming in the fourth quarter this year. Texas leads the
nation with 144 points scored in the fourth quarter.
Iowa State is the only other Power Five team to score
more than 125 points in the fourth quarter this year.
The Longhorns have put in a number of effective
shifts offensively this year, none moreso than a win
over Kansas. Texas’ victory over Kansas marked the
first time in UT history that a Longhorn trio had a
390-yard passer (QB Sam Ehlinger, 399 yards), a
100-yard rusher (RB Keaontay Ingram, 101 yards)
and a 100-yard receiver (WR Devin Duvernay, 110)
in the same game. The Longhorns’ trio was one yard
shy of being the first 400/100/100 crew in UT history.
Further adding to Texas’ well-rounded display against
Kansas, WR Collin Johnson (8 catches, 96 yards) was
four yards shy of breaking the century mark and QB
Sam Ehlinger (14 carries, 91 yards) was nine yards
shy of his third-career 100-yard game.
QB Sam Ehlinger
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