Texas quarterback Shane Buechele had a chest, and not head, injury that caused him to miss part of Saturday/Sunday’s loss to California, Charlie Strong revealed Monday. However, Strong said, the injury is not serious and the true freshman is expected to be on the field when the Longhorns return to action at Oklahoma State on Oct. 1.
Added Buechele himself, via the Austin American-Statesman: “I’m feeling great. (It’s) a new day.”
Buechele speculated he may have landed on a football awkwardly.
Buechele led Texas to 10 points in the Longhorns’ first two drives before exiting for the locker room. Tyrone Swoopes entered for him, and produced two touchdowns before throwing an interception on a drive where the ‘Horns were driving to potentially take a 31-14 lead.
Buechele returned to the field on the drive after the interception, which he ended with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Jacorey Warrick at the 7:43 mark of the second quarter.
Though Texas scored 31 points over the first quarter-and-a-half, the Longhorns scored but 10 points over the final two-and-a-half frames. Buechele’s play deteriorated throughout the night, and he finished with a line of 19 completions on 33 attempts for 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His completion percentage (57.6), yards per attempt (5.9) and quarterback rating (111.41) were the lowest of Buechele’s young career.