Texas College Football Takeaways From Week 6

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Special teams steps up for Horned Frogs

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When I say everyone on TCU is doing their part, I mean everyone. In No. 6 TCU’s 31-24 win over West Virginia, punter Adam Nunez booted four of his five first-half punts inside the Mountaineers’ 6-yard line. Field position was crucial in limiting West Virginia to just three first-half points and 24 total — an improvement from their 48.8 points per contest in games prior.

WVU had to travel the length of the field numerous times, wearing out the offense and giving the Horned Frogs the advantage.

Oklahoma is the defense in this picture.

Aggies quarterback future is bright

Sep 30, 2017; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond (11) in action during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeat the Gamecocks 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like the A&M quarterback position is no longer in doubt. Freshman Kellen Mond proved his legitimacy against the best defense in the country in Alabama, finishing with a pair of touchdowns on the night for 19-of-29 completions for 237 yards.

The IMG standout became the fifth freshman (third true freshman) to hit the 1,000 passing yards benchmark in program history; he has totalled 1,057 yards through six games in his collegiate career. Against Texas native Jalen Hurts, Mond outplayed the Crimson Tide quarterback, outshining him 251 total yards to 179 on the night.

Tech offense is lethal

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Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense has now scored in 250-straight games since 1997, when this writer was a seven year old kid playing with Pokémon cards. The accomplishment currently ranks 10th nationally and second in the Big 12. The 65 points racked up against Kansas is the most in a Big 12 game since defeating Iowa State in 2015 and the highest point tally against the Jayhawks in history.

The ground game spearheaded by Justin Stockton was the deciding factor, scrambling to the tune of 313 rushing yards — most by the Red Raiders since 2012.

Tech needs only one more victory to tie their record last season and will likely qualify for their first bowl for the first time in three years.

Says everyone in Lubbock, finally feeling like a winner.

UT finding success with Sam Ehlinger

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For Sam Ehlinger and the Texas Longhorns, the short pass game is the way to play in Austin. For the game, Sam Ehlinger was 21-of-26 passing when throwing the ball less than 15 yards, picking up 10.6 yards per throw. On the flipside of this observation, the true freshman had zero success completing a pass in five attempts over 25 yards.

The prior strategy seemed to work in the Longhorns’ overtime victory over Kansas last weekend, but coach Tom Herman still isn’t sure who is starter is.
“I don’t know if we’re ready to make that decision till we see how healthy Shane is,” said Tom Herman in a post game press conference, “He was better yesterday but still a little bit gimpy.”

With how Ehlinger has succeeded thus far, my money is on the Westlake standout.

‘Nuff said.


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