With 9:36 remaining in the game and down five to Oklahoma State, Texas decided it wasn’t time to panic just yet. Nine plays later, seven of which were runs, the Longhorns had reclaimed the lead 34-33.
But after a responsive Oklahoma State touchdown, Texas once again found itself down with just 2:34 remaining. Except this time coach Mack Brown put the ball in the hands of sophomore quarterback David Ash. And he came through.
Ash completed his final four passes of the game as No. 12 Texas marched 75 yards down the field in almost exactly two minutes to take the lead once again over Oklahoma State, 41-36. Did running back Joe Bergeron lose possession of the ball before he crossed the goal line for a two-yard touchdown? The officials said no, and the touchdown ended up as the final score of the game.
Blame it on the refs if you must — officiating was noticeably bad — but Texas walked away with a key road win Saturday night.
Despite a .500 record over the past two seasons, expectations continued to be high in Austin. But whereas the Longhorn defense was figured to be the raft holding Texas afloat, it’s been the offense and the development of Ash that’s been the biggest story in this first month of college football.
Ash played perhaps his best game to date with over 300 yards passing and three touchdowns against the Cowboys, but it was the final drive where he completed a necessary fourth-down conversion that finally erased all doubts about whether he could perform under pressure and be the offensive captain this program has lacked in recent years.
Texas’ defense has underperformed at times this season — credit Oklahoma State’s offense as well — but the Longhorns, who host No. 9 West Virginia and Heisman favorite Geno Smith next week, look far more cohesive than at any point in the last two seasons following the 2010 BCS championship appearance, especially in the run game.
It looks like everything that Brown has preached, everything that he’s changed, is coming together.
Less than two weeks after leaving the Pac-12, Casey Hughes has landed in the Big Ten.
Jan. 10, Hughes announced on Twitter that he had decided to transfer from Utah. Over the weekend, the defensive back confirmed that he will be transferring into the Michigan football program.
Hughes joins Jim Harbaugh‘s squad as a graduate transfer, which will allow him to use his final season of eligibility with the Wolverines this year.
Hughes started 11 games in 2017 for the Utes, missing two others because of injury. After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2014, the North Las Vegas native played in 18 the next two seasons. He didn’t start any of those contests.
After a brief sabbatical, Lindsey Scott is back in the SEC.
Scott confirmed on his personal Twitter account Monday evening that he has committed to continuing his collegiate playing career at Missouri. Per his social media missive, the quarterback opted for Mizzou over FBS programs like Kansas and UT-San Antonio.
A three-star member of the LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, Scott was rated as the No. 26 dual-threat quarterback in the country and No. 54 player at any position in the state of Louisiana. He took a redshirt his true freshman season.
In August of last year, Scott decided to transfer from the Tigers. He spent the 2017 season at Last Chance U, otherwise known as East Mississippi Community College.
After a brief junior-college pit stop, Keenan Forbes is back at a Power Five program.
Washington State confirmed over the weekend that Forbes has been added to the football program’s 2018 signing class. The offensive lineman has already enrolled in classes at the university and is expected to take part in spring practice in a couple of months.
Counting 2018, Forbes will have three seasons of eligibility at his disposal.
A three-star member of Iowa State’s 2016 recruiting class, the Florida high schooler chose ISU over his other finalist, Temple. After redshirting as a true freshman, Forbes opted to transfer from the Cyclones.
Forbes spent the 2017 season at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
It appears Urban Meyer‘s coaching staff at Ohio State will (for now) remain intact after all.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Ryan Day was considering leaving his job as Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach to join former OSU assistant and newly-minted NFL head coach Mike Vrabel as the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. A day later, one report has Day eschewing the NFL opportunity and remaining with Meyer and the Buckeyes.
Day just completed his first season with the Buckeyes, serving as both co-coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has been a solo coordinator twice in his coaching career — at Temple in 2012 and then in 2013-14 at Boston College.
Prior to coming to OSU, Day was the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 and spent the 2015 season in the same job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Those were his first two stints at the NFL level.
Given that OSU will be breaking in a new quarterback in 2018, keeping Day on the staff is a significant win for Meyer’s program.