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Goodwin at the podium.
In what was a recurring theme for him throughout the regular season, junior Mike Davis once again came up small in a big game. Luckily for him, his teammates in the receiving corps picked up his slack.
Just as he did against West Virginia, TCU and Kansas State, Davis was almost completely an afterthought against the Beavers in putting up only 30 yards. Were it not for his 19-yard reception for a first down on Texas' second-to-last drive, this was another complete egg-laying by the team's top wideout.
Davis did have All-American corner Jordan Poyer covering him for much of the night, but this trend of disappearing in big games is troubling. To be a No. 1 wideout in this game, you have to figure out how to play against the opposition's No. 1 corner, and he cannot do that right now.
Often underutilized this season, sophomore Jaxon Shipley had another great game for the Longhorns in displaying his world-class hands and route-running ability.
While Marquise Goodwin was delivering the big gainers, Shipley was steadily keeping the 'Horns moving and was Ash's most reliable target throughout the night. The sophomore finished with eight catches for 88 yards, earning every bit of them against that tough Oregon State secondary.
Over the final four games of the season, the second coming of Shipley was hands down the Longhorns' best receiver. Not only did he average almost 94 yards over that span, but he displayed very precise route-running and hands that simply do not let go of the ball. As a possession receiver, Shipley could be among the best in the country.
No surprise here, as the Alamo Bowl's Offensive MVP, Marquise Goodwin, earns top-billing for his performance on Saturday.
Goodwin, also underutilized for much of the season, needed to touch the ball only five times to rack up 132 yards and two touchdowns. And his timing could not have been better.
The senior's first touchdown was a 64-yard run off of a reverse to start the second quarter with Texas' only first down coming off of a penalty. The second, which will be remembered for decades by Longhorn fans, was the game-winner following a fourth down conversion.
Goodwin, who may or may not earn a spot on an NFL team, leaves big shoes to fill at slot receiver. A guy with 4.3 speed is hard enough to replace, but his leadership through these past three seasons has been invaluable. We all wish the best for him moving forward.