You can’t discuss this game without mentioning the elite performance from Bijan Robinson. The sophmore had 216 yards on 35 carries and if he wasn’t in the Heisman conversation before, he certainly is now. Steve Sarkisian's game plan was something Tom Herman's never included - feeding Robinson the ball as many times as it takes to win. With 3rd & 6 and the game on the line, Sarkisian told Bijan to win the game and he did just that. One of the things that makes Robinson so great is his balance. On Saturday he forced 15 missed tackles, which is rare from any running back.
The Longhorns' red zone offense struggled on Saturday. Cameron Dicker kicked two short field goals and Bijan Robinson was stuffed on 4th and goal in the 4th quarter. Those are three possessions where Texas struggled to finish drives. Against better teams, those shortcomings could be an issue. Winning more so than not in the red zone is a must for Texas to continue winning games. Also, Casey Thompson missed on a few deep balls and Xavier Worthy had a few missed catches that would have helped the offense stay on the field and potentially score six.
Texas had far too many penalties, especially given the Longhorns have been a fairly disciplined team so far this year. I will acknowledge that the refs Saturday weren’t even serviceable, but 9 penalties for 97 yards is inexcusable. Texas isn’t a good enough to give up nearly 100 yards in penalties and expect a successful outcome. This will be something to watch for next Saturday in Dallas. In a rivalry game like Texas - Oklahoma there will be testy moments where tempers flare, and the Longhorns must stay composed.