Tied 3-3 and taking over in Rice territory after a fumble, Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator brought out some of the exotic formations and personnel packages he’s become known for at Boise.
First, true freshman QB David Ash entered the game split out wide, presumably setting up a play for later in the game. Then, just after speed burner D.J. Monroe entered the game as a decoy for a run up the middle, Harsin lined up freshman receiver Jaxon Shipley behind center. Shipley handed to Monroe for six yards to move the Longhorns to the Rice four yard line. Two power runs by Cody Johnson finished off the drive and gave Texas their first touchdown of the season.
The Longhorns had managed a field goal earlier in the half after a 56-yard pass from Garrett Gilbert to Mike Davis. Rice also marched for 41 yards for their own field goal. Texas leads 10-3 early in the second quarter.