Texas stored its School Soccer Playoff hopes alive with a 33-30 extra time win towards defending Huge 12 champ Kansas State. Nonetheless, these desires will go up in smoke if quarterback Quinn Ewers misses rather more time.
Freshman Maalik Murphy began for the second consecutive week and after an exceptional begin within the first quarter, regarded like somebody enjoying in solely his sixth-career school sport in the course of the ultimate 45 minutes and extra time.
Following the primary quarter, he was 12-of-26 for 96 yards with two interceptions. Texas led 27-7 within the third quarter earlier than the Wildcats went on a 23-3 run to ship the sport into extra time.
Murphy completed the sport 19-of-37 for 248 yards, one landing and two interceptions.
Sophomore Ewers is likely one of the most improved passers in school soccer this season. He is finishing 70.9 % of his makes an attempt this season after solely finishing 58.1 % of his passes as a freshman. Ewers has thrown for 1,915 yards (9 yards per try) with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Murphy has proven sufficient in his two begins to know that he’ll be advantageous within the coming years as he develops. Texas’s playoff possibilities will not be if Ewers’ well being is a priority.
ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported on Saturday morning that it is potential Ewers (shoulder) will play in Week 11 at TCU (4-5, 2-4 in Huge 12). The Horned Frogs are experiencing a hangover after reaching the CFP finals a yr in the past however have gained seven of the previous 9 conferences towards the Longhorns. Texas follows that with a highway sport towards Iowa State (5-3, 4-1 in Huge 12), a program that would nonetheless attain the convention championship sport by profitable out.
Each time Ewers returns, it will likely be to a playoff contender whose hopes relaxation in his arms.