Texas’ Jonathon Brooks turned in his best performance as a Longhorn with 164 yards on 21 carries, including a big 61-yard gain to set up a touchdown Saturday night against Wyoming. He started in place of freshman CJ Baxter, who was out with a foot injury.
What started out as bland Saturday night quickly became bizarre.
Quarterback Quinn Ewers threw a touchdown pass to a 308-pound nose tackle, of all people.
Texas got a couple of key runs for first downs from a wide receiver-turned-running back-turned wildcat quarterback.
And featured back Jonathon Brooks, after a sluggish three quarters, finally broke loose for a 61-long gainer in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown in a game in which no one was certain Texas would ever go ahead for sure.
But ultimately the Longhorns did on Xavier Worthy’s 44-yard score and even extended their lead on Ewers’ keeper set up by Brooks’ run for a big sigh-of-relief, 31-10 victory over a pretty good Wyoming team, a disconcerting outcome mostly because of a largely unimpressive run game.
It’s been a lingering problem. It hasn’t cost them a victory, but it’s unsettling enough to wonder if that facet of the game could eventually prevent the Longhorns from reaching their ceiling.
For now, however, Texas can point to a 3-0 record for the first time since 2012. And on a night when Ewers wasn’t ever really in sync — throwing for just 131 yards but had no turnovers for the third straight game — the Longhorns know they can win with great defense and explosive plays. And they now know they can finish with their second straight 21-point fourth quarter.
Those are not small details, but the types of things that can overcome a whole heckuva lot of shortcomings.
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Author : Austin American-Statesman
Publish date : 2023-09-17 10:04:10
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