A referee during Saturday’s Texas-West Virginia game was a little too friendly with quarterback Sam Ehlinger.
During any football game, players get to interact with the on-field officiating crew. Hey, anything to get in their good graces in the hopes of getting a call in their favor. As it turns out, one prominent player in college football made an impression on a referee.
In the middle of the Texas Longhorns‘ game against the West Virginia Mountaineers, quarterback Sam Ehlinger got knocked to the ground and looked for some help up. A referee happily obliged, as he lifted him up and gave him multiple butt slaps.
Sam Ehlinger’s strong day
Ehlinger didn’t have the greatest statistical performance on Saturday, but that was because it was a heavy defensive battle between both teams. The Longhorns did strike first in their seven-play opening drive after Ehlinger hit receiver Brennan Eagles for a seven-yard touchdown. Ehlinger wouldn’t add his second touchdown of the game until Texas’ first drive of the second half. The senior signal-caller hit receiver Jake Smith for a 33-yard touchdown.
Overall, Ehlinger completed 15-of-31 pass attempts for 184 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 39 yards on 12 carries in Texas’ 17-13 victory.
The Longhorns are now 5-2 on the season, and they look to earn their sixth win of the season at the expense of the Kansas Jayhawks.