Stock Up, Stock Down: vs. TCU

Noah Brooks

Stock Up: D’Onta Foreman

In a very rough game for the Texas offense, junior running back D’Onta Foreman continued to be the bright spot in the unit. Foreman rushed 51 times, a career high, for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He was relied on heavily all throughout the game and delivered, helping the Longhorns gain critical first downs.

Foreman’s 12th straight 100-yard game also broke Earl Campbell’s school record of 11 straight games over the century mark. Foreman has been outstanding this season for Texas, and his presence has been indispensable in every game this year, win or lose. There’s no reason to believe that he won’t continue to excel against TCU next Friday and extend his streak to 13 games.

Stock Down: Shane Buechele

After a strong game against West Virginia last week, freshman quarterback Shane Buechele had his worst game against Kansas. He passed for only 165 yards — 75 of which came from his first throw that resulted in his only touchdown — and threw three very costly interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown and another that prevented Texas from scoring in overtime.

Granted, this was after a neck injury early in the first quarter, but Buechele struggled to establish a passing game for Texas, and it proved to be part of the loss. Texas will keep its fingers crossed that Buechele can have the next few days to recover and return to form for the
season finale.

Stock Up: Breckyn Hager and Edwin Freeman

Sophomore linebackers Breckyn Hager and Edwin Freeman both played well against the Jayhawks, providing a needed source of pressure on the Kansas offense. 

Hager led the team with seven total tackles including two and a half for losses, while Freeman contributed five tackles, one tackle for loss and Texas’ only interception. Both linebackers also had one sack each.

Texas’ linebackers have been stepping up recently, especially considering the injury-related absence of positional leader Malik Jefferson, and the Longhorns should be able to rely on the young players to continue improving the defense.

Stock Down: Turnovers

Though a lackluster offensive performance didn’t help, turnovers ultimately led to Texas’ downfall and allowed Kansas to snatch the win. The Longhorns committed a season-high six turnovers against the Jayhawks including a pick six and an interception in overtime.

The turnovers continue to be a concerning trend for Texas, as the Longhorns have given the ball over 11 times in the last three games. In their last game against TCU, the Longhorns need to focus on not giving the ball away and not giving their opponent more chances to put up points.