The WildHorn by Roschon Johnson was brought out in full-form against Kansas State. The Longhorns utilized this package some this season but nothing like they did in the 22-17 win over the Wildcats . It was essentially Steve Sarkisian's primary offense, as Johnson had 31 carries and completed his one pass attempt. He ran for 179 yards and a touchdown and was responsible for 191 of the 381 total yards the Longhorns accumulated. Even with the great talent in Bijan Robinson, it’s clear that Johnson needs to be used more in the offense. Headed into next season I expect Sarkisian and Stand Drayton to get creative with the running back room in utilizing the myriad of different skillsets.
Once again, the Texas passing offense left a lot to be desired. It was clear that Sarkisian didn’t trust Casey Thompson much in this game, particularly after his early interception. Then Texas was forced to lean on Johnson and the WildHorn. It will be interesting to see what Sarkisian does at the quarterback position in the off-season, as he clearly knows that the current cadre of quarterbacks are challenging to win with consistently. My gut tells me that the 2022 Texas quarterback isn’t currently on the roster.
I’ll beat the dead horse one last time... Texas’ inability to stop the run manifested itself once again. As a team Kansas State ran for over 200 yards and averaged 6.5 yards a carry. Will Howard’s 71 yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the whopper on the day. This run featured several terrible angles by Texas defenders which led to to the big play for Kansas State. Very predictably, Deuce Vaughn had a great day at DKR as well. Vaughn ran for over 140 yards and a touchdown and averaged 6 yards a carry. Even being the one-dimensional team they were without Skyler Thompson, Texas still couldn’t stop the run. This is a significant issue Steve Sarkisian and Pete Kwiatkowski need to figure out before next season arrives.