DALLAS (FWAA) The Texas Longhorns
scored a series-high 48 points against No. 7 Oklahoma and hit a
game-winning field goal in the waning seconds to come away with
one of their biggest Red River Showdown wins in school history,
48-45 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. For staying atop the Big 12
Conference standings and beating their arch-rival, Texas (5-1) is
the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week for
games of the weekend of Oct. 6.
This is the third time for Texas to earn the honor, which dates
to the 2002 season, and its first since 2015. All three have come
as a result of wins against Oklahoma. The announcement came on "Off
Campus with Mark Packer" on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday
during the season, the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week will
be unveiled during the program, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m.
ET. The FWAA's All-America Committee selects the weekly winner and
all Division I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected.
Freshman kicker Cameron Dicker hit the 40-yard game-winner for
Texas, which responded with a scoring drive following a furious
21-point fourth quarter comeback by the Sooners. It was the first
game-winner of Dicker's career, and he made a 44-yarder earlier
in the game. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger was 24-of-35 for 314 yards
-- the second 300-yard game of his career -- and broke Texas' school
record with 163 consecutive passes without an interception during
the game. Texas wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey had a career game
in receptions (nine) and yardage (133) and caught a touchdown pass
and also threw his first career touchdown pass on Texas' opening
drive, a two-yard toss to Collin Johnson.
Trailing 45-24 with 10:28 left in the game, Oklahoma mounted
three touchdown drives in a span of eight minutes to tie the score
45-45 with 2:38 left. Ehlinger then led Texas down the field to
set up Dicker's game-winner with nine seconds left.
"We had done a two-minute drill to start every Tuesday practice
for the past three weeks needing a field goal. Every time, our offense
has gone down and put our kicker in a position to kick it, and hes
made it every time," Texas coach Tom Herman said. "As Sam (Ehlinger)
said in the locker room, when you practice something, it shows up
in games. Im just tremendously proud of the way our guys prepared
and handled the ebbs and flows of this game. Were excited to celebrate
tonight. This one, on the stat sheet, means a lot to our seniors
and to our university."
Texas is 5-1 overall for the first time since 2009 when it started
6-0, and the 'Horns are 3-0 in Big 12 Conference play for the first
time since 2013.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Oct. 6 were:
Florida (5-1): Lamical Perine scored twice
on short runs, and Brad Stewarts 25-yard interception return
for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed Florida's 27-19
home win over No. 5 LSU. One week after beating Mississippi
State with a double pass, Feleipe Franks handed off to seldom-used
tight end Lucas Krull and slipped around the right end mostly
unnoticed and caught a 15-yard pass from Krull that set up Perine's
Mississippi State (4-2): Nick Fitzgerald
ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns and the Bulldogs' top-10
defense did the rest as MSU got its first SEC win. The Bulldogs
have now won four of their last six games against top-10 opponents
at Davis Wade Stadium dating back to the 2014 season, and the
win was MSU's first over Auburn since a 17-9 win at Auburn in
San Diego State (4-1): Missing its starting
quarterback and leading rusher, the Aztecs went to Boise State
and upset the No. 24 Broncos, 19-13. SDSU held Boise State to
229 total yards, its lowest output in a home game since 1998
and its lowest overall since 2012. The Aztecs are 2-1 at Boise
since 2000 under coach Rocky Long while the rest of the country
is 6-108 in that stretch.
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