I am not sure if anyone saw this coming but whether you were ready for it or not, Texas went on to beat Georgia (Yes, that team Kirk Herbstreit wouldn’t shut up about) to win the Sugar Bowl. The final score of 28-21 doesn’t tell the whole story because well, Texas simply kicked Georgia’s rear end for four quarters. Whether Georgia was “ready” or not didn’t matter because Texas did what they came to New Orleans to do which was get the win and launch the program back into national relevancy for the foreseeable future.
Did I mention that with this win, the Big 12 moved up to 3-1 versus the almighty SEC? Not only that, but in every Big 12 vs SEC match up, the SEC gave up more yards and points in those games than their season averages. Now would be a good time to check up on our good buddy Paul Finebaum and see if he is still okay. The fight started in pregame when Bevo wanted UGA for dinner, but it’s probably best that we let this one play out on the football field.
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Texas got the football first and without any hesitation, put together a long ten-play drive that resulted in a two-yard touchdown run by Sam Ehlinger to put the Horns up 7-0 early. Then came a little bit of luck. On Georgia’s first possession, they were getting ready to punt deep in their own territory when their punter attempted to pick up a low snap but when he picked the football up his knee was down. The Longhorn offense was able to capitalize from the good field position by putting through a field goal to jump out to an early 10-0 lead. Once again, Texas benefited from another Georgia mistake when running back D’Andre Swift fumbled at his own 12-yard line. Three plays later, Sam Ehlinger made the Bulldog defense pay on a nine-yard touchdown run on third down to put Texas up 17-0. Georgia would score a touchdown in the second quarter and the Longhorns would knock in another field goal to give Texas a 20-7 lead at the half.
Both teams would struggle offensively in the third quarter and it showed on the scoreboard as neither team would score. But that would soon change as Texas would string a beautiful fourteen-play drive together that included two fourth down conversions. The last fourth down conversion on the drive was another Sam Ehlinger touchdown run to give the Longhorns more separation and go up 28-7 with the two-point conversion. Georgia would score two touchdowns in the final six and half minutes, but by then it was too little too late for the Bulldogs as Texas would go on to win the Sugar Bowl 28-21.
Texas clearly wanted this game more and it showed. Georgia is a heck of a football team and the Longhorns simply took them to the woodshed in nearly every aspect of the game. Texas out rushed Georgia 178-72 and would outgain them 355-284. The Longhorn defense came to play Tuesday night and the offense played very physical. Sam Ehlinger scored three rushing touchdowns and for the first time since 2009, Texas has won ten games in a single season.
After the loss, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said, “Texas outplayed us, outcompeted us. They outcoached us. They out physicaled us. They did a lot of things better than us, and I think you give Tom [Herman] a lot of credit.”
Tom Herman just wrapped up his second season on the job as the Longhorns head coach, and without a doubt, you can say Texas is back, folks.
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