NCAAF Game Recap - Louisiana Tech at Texas
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 31, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Louisiana Tech (0-1)

0

0

0

14

14

(10) Texas (1-0)

7

17

14

7

45

Ehlinger's 4 TD passes lead No. 10 Texas over Louisiana Tech
Sun Sep 1, 2019 1:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) It took three years to get there, but Texas is finally 1-0 under coach Tom Herman.

Sam Ehlinger threw four touchdown passes and the 10th-ranked Longhorns rolled past Louisiana Tech 45-14 on Saturday night, giving Herman his first season-opening victory with the program.

Texas had started each of the past two seasons with losses to Maryland, but had no trouble overwhelming the Bulldogs from Conference-USA in this one. Ehlinger was coolly efficient from the start with scoring passes on three of Texas' first four possessions.

Herman dismissed the previous bad starts as "irrelevant," but those losses had hung over his first two seasons, even when Texas finished 2018 with a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia.

His players were more willing to acknowledge just how significant getting to 1-0 meant.

"It's a testament to the maturity or our team," Ehlinger said. "The confidence we have to just let loose in the opener after the last two years."

Offensive lineman Sam Cosmi called the win good for the soul.

"Getting a win is really good for our heads, our morale and confidence," Cosmi said.

Texas is one of the favorites to challenge Oklahoma for the Big 12 title as long as Ehlinger can keep delivering touchdowns like he did last season and Saturday night. The junior passed for 25 TDs and ran for 16 more last season, and his four scoring thrown against the Bulldogs tied his career high. Ehlinger left the game at 38-0 and did not play in the fourth quarter.

Devin Duvernay caught nine passes and Ehlinger's first touchdown, and Brennan Eagles caught touchdowns of 28 and 25 yards in the second and third quarters.

Texas could have easily looked past the Bulldogs to next week's big matchup with No. 6 LSU in Austin. Herman said there was no chance of that after the last two years.

"The letters LSU never came out of anybody's mouth the entire nine months since we left New Orleans," Herman said. "The leaders in the locker room know how the openers turned out the last couple of years."

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs (0-1) needed senior quarterback J'Mar Smith and his top playmaker, Adrian Hardy, to have big games and neither could deliver against a swarming Texas defense. Smith was under regular pressure and missed some open looks, most notably a wild pass in the first half that missed an easy touchdown when the game was still close. Hardy didn't have a catch in the first half.

"Poor Adrian, that guy is going to have bruises all over his body the way he got tackled tonight," Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz said. "They weren't going to let him free."

Texas: The Longhorns had eight new starters on defense from a year ago and got off to a good start behind a dominant effort with so many fresh faces. Texas used a mix of looks that even included eight defensive backs on some plays, and forced three turnovers. Refine that scheme, and having that kind of coverage speed all over the field could have a big impact when Big 12 play starts.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

There's no reason to drop Texas down after a methodical dismantling of a Bulldogs team that has been known to give bigger programs fits.

STAYING HEALTHY

Ehlinger was well protected for most of the night but still took a couple of big hits in the first half on a run and a sack. He missed games each of the last two years with injuries and Texas only has freshmen with no experience behind him this year. Casey Thompson ran for a touchdown after Ehlinger left the game.

A key concern for Texas is keeping sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram healthy. After nursing a knee bruise out of training camp, Ingram rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes. Ingram is Texas' leading returning rusher from 2018 and is packing an extra 20 pounds on his frame.

"I feel like I need to take another step, not leave any yards out there, be perfect in everything I do," Ingram said. "My body is good."

UP NEXT

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs head back to Louisiana to face FCS opponent Grambling.

Texas: The Longhorns host their biggest non-conference game of the year: No. 6 LSU (1-0), which beat Georgia Southern 55-3 behind five touchdowns passes from Joe Burrow.

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Passing

LaTec Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Smith 51 34 66.7 2 331 26 1 89.6
W. Elliott 3 1 33.3 0 9 9 1 2.8
Tex Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Ehlinger 38 28 73.7 4 276 28 0 128.8
C. Thompson 5 3 60.0 0 25 13 0 72.9

Rushing

LaTec Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Dancy 7 25 3.6 17 0
J. Henderson 5 18 3.6 7 0
Tex Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Ingram 11 78 7.1 19 1
S. Ehlinger 8 34 4.3 9 0

Receiving

LaTec Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Harris 6 58 9.7 18 0
C. Powell 6 56 9.3 19 0
Tex Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Johnson 4 59 14.8 27 1
B. Eagles 3 59 19.7 28 2

Fumbles

LaTec F FL
J. Henderson 1 1
Tex F FL
C. Johnson 1 1

Returning

LaTec KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. Harris 3 12.7 0 20 0 - 0 0
M. Sam 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0
Tex KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Duvernay 1 36.0 0 36 0 - 0 0
D. Jamison 1 17.0 0 17 0 - 0 0

Punting

LaTec Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Farlow 2 71 35.5 39
Tex Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Bujcevski 3 123 41.0 48

Takeaways

LaTec Int Yds InTD
C. Taylor 0 0 0
Tex Int Yds InTD
J. Ossai 1 16 0
D. Overshown 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

LaTec Tex
Points For 14 45
Total Yards 413 454
Rushing Yards 73 153
Passing Yards 340 301
Passing Completions / Attempts 35/54 31/43
Turnovers 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 25 24
Penalties - Yards 5/40 6/47
Time Of Possession 16:16 44:44
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/14 8/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 2/36 3/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter LaTec Tex
Tex 2:20 TD Devin Duvernay 4 yd pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter LaTec Tex
Tex 1:40 TD Collin Johnson 6 yd pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick) 0 14
Tex 4:34 TD Brennan Eagles 28 yd pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick) 0 21
Tex 12:04 FG Cameron Dicker 43 yd FG 0 24
3rd Quarter LaTec Tex
Tex 5:54 TD Brennan Eagles 25 yd pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick) 0 31
Tex 12:16 TD Keaontay Ingram 1 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 0 38
4th Quarter LaTec Tex
LaTec 1:29 TD Malik Stanley 5 yd pass from J'mar Smith (Bailey Hale kick) 7 38
LaTec 7:06 TD Griffin Hebert 12 yd pass from J'mar Smith (Bailey Hale kick) 14 38
Tex 13:51 TD Casey Thompson 2 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 14 45

Game Information

Stadium: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium/Jamail Field, Austin, Texas
Attendance: 93,418
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