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Aaron Carrara

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  1. AUSTIN, Tx -- The Texas Longhorns (2-1, 0-0) handed a 58-0 shutout defeat to the Rice Owls (0-3, 0-0) at Darrell K. Memorial - Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening in a game that Texas dominated from the first snap. The Longhorns scored at will on the Owls, and mixed in a variety of new wrinkles in the playbook in doing so. After a humiliating performance last week in Fayetteville, Steve Sarkisian and staff put together a gameplan against Rice that spread the ball around more and included a myriad of players that didn't see the field last week. Postgame, Sarkisian spoke on his team's ability to bounce back after a collective commitment and effort to try and improve after the loss to Arkansas. "When you have to take a big bite of the humble pie like we had to after last week, we challenged the guys that we had to own it. And then we have to get back to work. I thought the intent and mentality of our team all week long in practice translated to the game." Quarterback Casey Thompson got the starting nod from Sarkisian earlier in the week and made the most of his opportunity, throwing for 164 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Hudson Card replaced Thompson midway through the third quarter and finished the night 2-3 for 29 yards after handing the ball off on most snaps. Texas tallied 620 yards of total offense, compared to the Owls' 284 yards. The margin of victory was the largest for the Longhorns since the 2005 season. The offense did their job, but It was the running game that highlighted the night for the Longhorns. Texas ran wild against a struggling Rice defense and saw four different running backs score touchdowns. Bijan Robinson had 13 carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns, while Roschon Johnson had 3 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown. Alabama transfer Keilan Robinson added 83 yards and a touchdown on 5 carries, and true freshman Jonathon Brooks had 9 carries for 63 yards and a score. Rice went through three quarterbacks on the night and punted in seven of eleven total possessions. The Owls won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving Texas the ball first, and an opportunity to manufacture a 9-play, 69 yard drive that was capped by Bijan Robinson's first touchdown of the night. After a Rice punt in their first possession, Casey Thompson was picked off by Gabe Taylor as he was pressured by Rice's Ikenna Enechukwu. Rice marched downfield, deep into Texas territory before Collin Riccitelli missed a 30-yard FG and gave the Longhorns the ball back. Roschon Johnson added a 72-yard touchdown run when he took a direct snap out of the 'Wild Horn' formation, giving Texas a 14-0 advantage. After three and out, Keilan Robinson then blocked Rice's punt which bounced out of the end zone and gave the Longhorns a safety and a 16-0 lead after one quarter. Bijan Robinson opened the second quarter with a bang, adding a pair of touchdown runs which included a 62 yard romp, to extend the lead to 30-0 in favor of the Longhorns. Rice punted on their next possession and Texas scored again, with Thompson finding tight end Jared Wiley for a 20-yard touchdown. The Owls' struggles continued, as they fumbled at the 1:30 mark before the half, allowing Texas to score again. Thompson threw his second touchdown pass of the night, finding Xavier Worthy for his first score as a Longhorn. At the half, Texas led 44-0. Rice opened the second half with possession but went three and out. Texas running back Keilan Robinson demonstrated his speed by outrunning defenders while ripping off a 65-yard touchdown run. After another punt by the Owls, true freshman Jonathan Brooks capped a 13-play, 76-yard drive with a 17 yard scamper into the end zone. After three quarters the longhorns led 58-0. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter but the Longhorns were able to get a slew of reserve players on both sides of the ball into the game which Sarkisian feels is critical for the future. Texas hosts Texas Tech next Saturday at 11:00 am in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
  2. Hudson is in and so are a bunch of 2nd team OL's. Hayden Connor, Andrej Karic, Logan Parr, Tope Imade and Isiah Hookfin.
  3. On defense they sure are - it's like a ferris wheel. The offensive line however... same 5 we've seen all game.
  4. The Texas Longhorns (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) face another former Southwest Conference team this week as the Rice Owls (0-2, 0-0 C-USA) head to Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Saturday's contest marks the 96th time these two teams have played one another with the last matchup taking place 2019. Rice last won in Austin in 1965, when Rice kicker Richard Parker made good on a 33-yard FG gave the Owls a 20-17 win. The last time Rice beat the Longhorns was in 1994 at Rice Stadium (19-17) in which the game was moved to a Sunday night due to the MLB player's strike vacating an ESPN slot that evening. After a less-than-desirable outcome in Fayetteville last weekend, the Longhorns look to get things back on track against the Owls, who are still in search of win #1 on the season. What: Texas Longhorns (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs.# Rice Owls (0-2, 0-0 C-USA) Venue: Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium Location: Austin, TX When: Saturday, Sept. 18th, 2021 Time: 7:00 p.m. (CST) TV: LHN All-Time Series: Texas leads Rice, 73-21-1 Last Meeting: Texas defeated Rice 48-13 (9/14/2019 - Houston, TX) Relevant Information: Owl Droppings headed into Game Week Scouting Report: Rice Owls Staff Predictions: Texas vs. Rice Three Things to Watch in Texas vs. Rice
  5. My guess is the offense starts slow and the Rice defense is prepared to stop the run early on. Let's not forget that Casey Thompson has never started a game at the collegiate level and he will likely take some time to get things clicking. I'd like to see some other guys on the o-line play today. Sark and Flood talk about 8 players they look for on the line to be able to rotate in and shuffle around but through two games we've pretty much only seen five.
  6. Saturday's game at DKR will mark the 96th meeting between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls, with the Longhorns holding a commanding 73-21-1 all-time advantage against their former Southwest Conference foe. Despite the road loss to Arkansas in a game in which the Longhorns' vulnerabilities were manifested, expect Rice to have their work cut out for them in their quest for an upset win. Texas has won the last 14 straight games against the Owls, who haven't beaten the Longhorns since 1994 and haven't won in Austin since 1965. GAME NOTES The Owls return experience on both sides of the ball this season, with the offense bringing back 9 starters and the defense bringing back 10 (86% of its starters). The Owls are 0-2 to start the 2021 season, losing at Arkansas 38-17 and to Houston 44-7 in the Bayou Bucket The Rice quarterback situation is similar to Texas' in that they will have two quarterbacks ready to play on Saturday. Nebraska transfer and redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey will get the start for Mike Bloomgren's squad but it's likely redshirt sophmore Wiley Green will make an appearance also. They both played in the opener against Arkansas but McCaffrey played exclusively last week against the Cougars but threw three interceptions. While Steve Sarkisian and Mike Bloomgren have never met on the field as head coaches, they are familiar with one another in different roles. Bloomgren held a series of offensive coaching positions for the Stanford Cardinal, including OC, when Sarkisian was head coach at Washington and subsequently USC. The Rice offensive identity largely remains the same as it has in years past, The Owls are run-heavy, fullback-utilizing, and aren't afraid of the option. Bloomgren brought former QB Marques Tuiasosopo on as the new OC this year after former OC Jerry Mack left to take the RB coaching job for the Tennessee Volunteers. Tuiasosopo's job is the infuse the passing game with some life, so expect McCaffrey air it out every now and then. TEXAS INJURY UPDATE: Sophmore DB Jahdae Barron is out for approximately three weeks with a knee sprain. WR Troy Omeire will miss Saturday's contest against Rice. TE Jared Wiley is available and will play on Saturday. Junior Casey Thompson will start for the Longhorns under center against the Owls. Saturday's game will mark the first start for Thompson since his senior year at Newcastle High School in Oklahoma (2017). Hudson Card will play, as indicated by head coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday and reiterated again on Thursday. Longhorns' kicker Cameron Dicker has missed two field goals this season and mishandled a punt snap last week against the Razorbacks. Sarkisian confirmed on Thursday that Dicker's duties on Saturday will include both kicking and punting. Texas Depth Chart vs. Rice Rice Head Coach Mike Bloomgren on Texas: Texas Head Coach Steve Sarkisian Talks Rice:
  7. Pics of Texas commit & Frisco Raccoons OL Cole Hutson
  8. I believe I heard he broke his leg. Big blow to Arkansas. This paired with LB Bumper Pool missing the first half could be problematic for Arkansas. Also, J - loved the Jefferson comparison to Tyrone Swoopes. Pretty spot-on in terms of size and what he gives the Hogs. Arky offense started slow but finally got some things together in the second half and finally wore out Rice.
  9. Pics of Texas commit & Denton Ryan DB Austin Jordan

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