AUSTIN — The Longhorns are feeling an extreme sense of relief tonight for their 23 to 17 win over Baylor Saturday.
It's not how they won the game, it's for the quarterback who they finished with. You see, Sam Ehlinger suffered an injury in the first quarter. Ehlinger was removed from the game and then the old hat, Shane Buechele, came into relieve Ehlinger and saved the day.
"I have told you guys and I want to tell the world. Shane Buechele is the most engaged, he is the most prepared, he is the most positive coaching back up quarterback I've ever been around in my life," said Texas head coach Tom Herman.
The Longhorns struggled offensively at times and had to earn every inch gained. But, the experience of Buechele and the trust he has earned is why Texas was able rally back from a 10 to 6 deficit to take the lead and hang onto the team's sixth win of the season.
"I appreciate coach and everything he said, but you know its for them. It's for my teammates. I love those guys so much and have been with them for three years. That's the least I can do is stay ready for times like this," said Buechele.
If Ehlinger is a no go for Oklahoma State in two weeks, expect Buechele to receive the start in Stillwater. But, Ehlinger will find out more about his prognosis soon.
"He's got an AC strain on his throwing shoulder. We're going to get an MRI to make sure there is no ligament damage," said Herman.
Another big result of Saturday's win over Baylor, the Longhorns are officially bowl eligible with their sixth win of the season. But, UT does control their own destiny in the race to earn one of the two spots in the Big 12 Championship game.