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[2023] LHN: Milner Shines, Freshmen Breakout. Game 1 Breakdown

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Austin, TX

 

The Longhorns first game is in the books and we have all of the takes and analysis right here for you. 

 

Matchup: @ UTSA (0-1) (Loss to Hawaii  37-21) 

 

The Longhorns started the season on the road in San Antonio. This was a rematch from a year ago when the Longhorns won in a Double OT thriller (a game made because Coach Ape allegedly said he would “dad dick” the Roadrunners). The bad blood and rivalry grew even further in JuCo Recruiting when both programs went after Sam Milner heavily, with his eventual landing spot being Austin. Only 80 miles separates the Alamodome and Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. Our point is this has quickly developed into a legitimate rivalry since Coach Ape and Coach @mahrowkeen have taken over the two programs. 

 

The Roadrunners came into the season with a lot of hype around the program and their rising status in C-USA. Coach Mahrowkeen is a fearless OOC scheduler and didn’t do himself any favors opening the season with the top 25 ranked Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors were able to stop the Roadrunners at a neutral site,

making incumbent QB Justin Radford  look inefficient (17/27) but he was still able to throw 3 TD passes. The game was a little closer than it looked. If UTSA was able to stop the return TD they gave up we could potentially be talking about a different end result. 

 

Even after a loss both Stormstopper and Jumbo ranked the Roadrunners as the favorite before the matchup with Texas (-8 and -7.5 respectively)

 

Game Recap

 

After some light smacktalk before the game and some long stares during the coinflip the Longhorns and Roadrunners played an even first quarter, ending the first frame tied at 7-7. 

 

After the first is when the Longhorns really turned it on. Sam Milner led the Longhorns to 14 points and a lead they wouldn’t let go of again. The Longhorns were able to hold the Roadrunners to just 10 points after the first quarter. And ended the game up 35-17.

 

Individual Highlights 

 

Lets start with the performance that has the whole nation abuzz

 

Sam Milner

24/30 339 yards 4 TD

5 Rushes 25 Yards

 

Sam Milner is a changed man. No one was sure if his performance in the spring game was a sign of this or one of the quality of the defense. People still had a sour taste in their mouths from his tim at TCU early in his career. He was inefficient and eventually was benched for Felix Luck. Without a way back on the field he transferred to Junior College. This is where Milner decided to make a change. He started taking his nutrition more seriously and started to study game film more intensely. He also started to work out with private QB coaches to help with his accuracy and reads. All of this led to this moment. While its just a game, its a validation of all his hard work on his way back to a P5 program, and now there is buzz about a potential Heisman award. We at LHN arent going that far yet but will say that Milner has now proven that he’s ready for the spotlight again

 

Freshmen showing up. 

 

Dontae Alford 19 Rushes 74 yards 1TD

Shaq Dixon 228 APY (9 Catches 152 Yards 2 TDs, 76 Return Yards)

Natrone Benjamin 4 Catches 72 yards 1 TD

 

Coach Ape has said that he wouldn’t push his young guns to play too quickly but this trio of true freshman showed up this week in a big way. Lets start with Alford. He has the hardest job of replacing Simeon Wells production at the running back spot. He did admirably in his first game finding pay dirt once and averaging 3.89 YPC. While not spectacular this kind of steady production is exactly what the Longhorns need to pair with Sam Milner (and Benjamin Lockwood in the future). 

 

Shaq Dixon caught the attention of the nation with his eye popping performance. Playing out of the slot he had a team high 9 catches and 152 yards, finding the end zone twice. He paired that with 76 return yards. He truly lived up to his OW moniker  that he tagged himself with. Shaq’s performance will surely put some

more emphasis on himself going forward but for now he will be in the running for FPoTW 

 

and last of the trio was Natrone Benjamin. Coach Ape made this young man one of his main targets last year and its paying dividends for him. He was tied for the second most receptions and had the second yards receiving this week. He did have a fumble but didnt lose it and like his fellow true freshmen he found the end zone.

 

The future in Austin is looking bright with these three. 

 

 

DL Questions Answered?

 

There was a lot of questions about the defensive line coming into the season. Jamal Robinson is playing out of position, Zion Gaines needed to start showing up more and Thomas Sanders might be league average (read: not good) at best. 

 

All three of these players recorded a sack this week. They were instrumental in shutting down Justin Radford and giving the Longhorns a win. 

 

We can’t say for certain that all questions are answered but for now some of the critics of this move have been quieted. 

 

Looking Forward

 

Next Weeks Opponent: TCU

 

Milner’s Revenge? We hope so here at LHN.

 

 

LHN is a production of Ape Media and Natty Club Media. 

 

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16 minutes ago, Ape said:

 

The Roadrunners came into the season with a lot of hype around the program and their rising status in C-USA. Coach Mahrowkeen is a fearless OOC scheduler and didn’t do himself any favors opening the season with the top 25 ranked Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors were able to stop the Roadrunners at a neutral site,

making incumbent QB Justin Radford  look inefficient (17/27) but he was still able to throw 3 TD passes. The game was a little closer than it looked. If UTSA was able to stop the return TD they gave up we could potentially be talking about a different end result. 

 

 

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It’s been said that Coach mahrowkeen is still on the sidelines trying to figure out what the hell happened...

 

”That Milner, he’s so good. He’s so good. He’s so good...”

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20 hours ago, mahrowkeen said:

It’s been said that Coach mahrowkeen is still on the sidelines trying to figure out what the hell happened...

 

”That Milner, he’s so good. He’s so good. He’s so good...”

 

This isn't the "Game 1 Breakdown" I expected in this article.

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36 minutes ago, Azul said:

 

This isn't the "Game 1 Breakdown" I expected in this article.

 

The Milner effect is profound 

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45 minutes ago, Azul said:

 

This isn't the "Game 1 Breakdown" I expected in this article.

 

Same my guy.

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Milner vs TCU is gonna be a great story line!  Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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11 hours ago, HAFFnHAFF said:

Milner vs TCU is gonna be a great story line!  Can't wait to see how it turns out.

 

Hopefully with an upset of #1 

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