It hasn’t been a thing of beauty, but the Longhorns have grown stronger late in their opener versus Rice, putting together three second half touchdown drives. The latest was a 95-yard job that followed a 99-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter.
Malcolm Brown carried the load, running seven times on the drive, setting up a 26-yard scoring pass from Garrett Gilbert to Fozzy Whittaker. For the game, Brown has 11 carries for 67 yards, averaging 6.1 per pop. Jaxon Shipley also caught another ball, moving him to 54 yards receiving and 26 rushing on the night.
Whittaker has been more effective in the passing game, catching four passes for 55 yards and the touchdown. Gilbert’s line is beginning to look solid, as he’s averaged ten yards per pass on his 23 attempts. The story, though, is the running game, as Texas has piled up 41 carries for 195 yards.
Texas leads 34-9 with 4:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.