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Longhorns Slam FAU 51-17

(Sports Network) – Garrett Gilbert threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Texas Longhorns to a convincing, 51-17 decision over the Florida Atlantic Owls in a non-league affair at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.

Gilbert also rushed for a touchdown and finished with 60 yards on 14 carries for Texas (5-6), while Cody Johnson led the way with 124 rushing yards, and also found the end zone once.

Jeff VanCamp threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns for FAU (4-6), while Rob Housler hauled in both TD passes, finishing the game with 64 yards on just two receptions.

Johnson’s one-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter gave the Longhorns a 7-0 lead.

However, the Owls answered back later in the frame when VanCamp connected with Housler for a 56-yard scoring strike.

Texas dominated the second stanza, scoring all 17 points in the quarter, beginning with a 63-yard scoring strike from Gilbert to James Kirkendoll.

Justin Tucker added a 22-yard field goal midway through the frame, but it was Gilbert’s 47-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Williams as time expired in the half that gave Texas a 24-7 lead at the break.

FAU cut its deficit to 24-14 early in the third frame when VanCamp and Housler hooked up again, this time the touchdown was an eight-yard pass.

Texas responded with a 43-yard field goal by Tucker, but FAU added a field goal of its own, thanks to Ross Gornall’s 41-yard boot. However, Tucker’s 49- yard field goal in the final minute of the third quarter pushed the Texas lead to 30-17.

The Longhorns scored 21 unanswered points over the final 15 minutes of action to pull away from Florida Atlantic. The first score, which gave Texas a 37-17 lead, was a 57-yard interception return by Emmanuel Acho.

Minutes later Gilbert scored on a one-yard run, and with a little over two minutes remaining in regulation Ryan Roberson found the end zone on a 10-yard scamper.

Texas collected 27 first downs in the win and finished with 522 total yards.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.