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What Tom Herman said after Texas shut out San Jose State 56-0

Posted September 9th, 2017

Texas and coach Tom Herman bounced back in a big way on Saturday, beating San Jose State 56-0 to move to 1-1 on the season.

The postgame press conference had a much different feel after Herman’s second game than it did following the embarrassing season-opening loss to Maryland.

Take a look at some of what Herman had to say after his team shut out the Spartans.

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“That’s what it’s supposed to look like”

The Longhorns gave up 51 points and conceded 263 rushing yards to Maryland last week. In addition to shutting out San Jose State, Texas held the Spartans to 42 rushing yards this time around.

The Longhorns also generated 623 yards of total offense, including 406 on the ground.

“That’s what it’s supposed to look like when you’re playing well on both sides of the ball,” Herman said.

He continued: “We’re definitely not a finished product, but our guys cut it loose and played with confidence and swagger.”

“We’ve got a capable one”

Freshman Sam Ehlinger got the start at quarterback in place of Shane Buechele, who was still nursing a shoulder injury and did not play. The Westlake product completed 15 of 27 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown.

“Sam played good,” Herman said “For that being his first collegiate start that was good. I thought he was very poised in the pocket, however I thought there were some times he wasn’t reading coverages well and held on to the ball too long.”

On Buechele’s status, Herman said the starting quarterback was progressing with his injury and “I thought we were on track to maybe get something out of him today.” Buechele did not practice leading up to the game.

When asked if he had a decision to make in regard to the starting quarterback when Buechele returns, Herman said it would be “premature” to make that assumption based off one performance by Ehlinger.

“I don’t know,” Herman said. “I think it would be premature of me to say that today. We’ve got to see how healthy (Buechele) can be.”

“We need to run the ball”

The best individual performance of the day came from running back Chris Warren III, who rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He spearheaded a productive rushing attack, hurdling a defender in the second quarter and later bolting 41 yards for a score.

“We need to run the ball,” Herman said. “We’ve got an above average offensive line and we’ve got good tailbacks. That’s who we are.”

These words will be music to the ears of Longhorns fans who were frustrated watching Texas only run for 98 yards against Maryland.

“They were embarrassed”

Herman seemed especially pleased with the defense, which in addition to the shutout also scored a touchdown — Holton Hill’s 45-yard interception return in the third quarter.

“I was really, really proud of the way they responded,” Herman said. “They were embarrassed. They knew that wasn’t them.”

The Longhorns coach also said that Texas would take at least the evening to enjoy its first win of the season before turning its attention to next week’s game at USC.

“Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.,” he said when asked when preparation would start. “We’re going to enjoy the heck out of this one.”

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