Texas Football: 5 overreactions after the crippling last-second Iowa St loss

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2. Sam Ehlinger actually responded well

The completion percentage was about the only downside to the production and stat line Ehlinger posted for this Texas football team against Iowa State. He did barely complete more than 50 percent of his 40 passing attempts. But he did also rack up 300 total yards from scrimmage for three scores and no picks.

The interceptions were the problem for Ehlinger in the past two games. But he only had one interception in the past two weeks. And his late-game heroics once again put the Longhorns in position to come away with the win. A lack of a running game and no push in the trenches made it difficult for Ehlinger to fully utilize his dual-threat ability, though.

In the two-point victory over Kansas last month, Ehlinger played really well. He wasn’t to blame in that win. But in the loss to the rival Oklahoma Sooners and the road upset loss to TCU, Ehlinger didn’t play his best and continuous offensive line woes cost him dearly. He had four picks in the loss to TCU alone.

Quarterback play was not the issue here for the Longhorns, and offensive weapons like Ehlinger and Duvernay are going to need more help. Whether that comes from the offensive line, rejuvenated efforts and production from the rushing attack, or additional weapons in the receiving corps, something will have to give in the near future.