Initial reactions to Texas’ 70-35 victory against Texas Tech
Texas started Big 12 play with a rout.
Here are some early impressions of the 70-point performance.
Bijan Robinson should be considered for the Heisman Trophy.
Robinson has three 100-yard games, 436 yards, and four touchdowns in four games, and that’s just on the ground.
Sark’s system often uses him as a receiver, and he’s caught eight passes for 145 yards and two scores, for a total of 581 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage.
And the only reason his statistics aren’t higher is that he’s helped Texas win three straight games by providing more touches to Roschon Johnson and the rest of the backfield.
Robinson certainly won’t win it, but at this pace, he deserves to be considered as a Heisman contender.
Casey Thompson is the starting quarterback. At this point, it’s fair to believe he’s Texas’ quarterback, not simply the designated starter in an ongoing battle.
And it’s not without cause.
The ball simply appears to flow with Thompson behind centre, as Sarkisian noted, and that was true once again against TTU.
Thompson guided Texas to scores on eight of nine possessions, with the exception of an early third-quarter interception when he attempted to create something out of nothing.
For those keeping track, Texas has scored 24 times in 27 drives going back to the Alamo Bowl, including 22 touchdowns.
Texas seems to have found their quarterback.
Xavier Worthy is rapidly rising to prominence.
The true freshman was the Longhorns’ top receiver coming into the game, and he added to that with his first 100-yard effort.
Three of his five catches resulted in touchdowns.
including an amazing grab in the back of the end zone in which Worthy showed excellent awareness and body control, and a 62-yard catch and run in which he evaded several tackles before sprinting away from the defenders.
He’s already thrown for 246 yards and four touchdowns this season, and he’s growing better with each passing game.
Steve Sarkisian makes full use of his arsenal.
Bijan is, of course, the main weapon, and he made the most of it with 23 touches for 191 yards and a score.
As previously said, Worthy shone on Saturday, as did Roschon Johnson, who ran for 64 yards and two scores on 13 attempts.
Thompson, Robinson, Worthy, Johnson, Jordan Whittington, and Keilan Robinson were among the Longhorns who scored on offence.
This offence, as it develops and players develop, may become lethal if the offensive line continues to improve.
So Texas scored nine touchdowns, racked up 639 yards of offence (303 passing, 336 runnings), and converted 10-of-14 third downs.
The offensive line was much better.
After an unimpressive first three weeks in which Kyle Flood’s offensive line struggled to generate running lanes and offer adequate pass protection.
the Longhorns offensive line turned in a far more impressive performance on Saturday.
On almost every drop-back, Thompson had plenty of time to operate, and Bijan and the running backs had plenty of wide lanes to go through.
So The Longhorns offence will be considerably better if this bunch turns a corner under Flood.
Going ahead, the secondary could be a source of worry.
So The Longhorns secondary was scorched on Saturday.
nearly single-handedly allowing the Red Raiders to retain a glimmer of hope after barely being challenged for the first three weeks of the season.
BJ Foster was beaten for a 40-yard touchdown on a bad angle.
while D’Shawn Jamison was beaten down the sideline twice for 69 and 75-yard touchdowns.
Although there were some bright moments, like Josh Thompson’s pick-6.
giving up almost 400 yards via the air is never a good thing.
Perhaps the Arkansas game was an exception.
Texas was thrashed in Fayetteville, and there were many factors at play.
The Longhorns, on the other hand, have looked fantastic in their previous three games.
The offensive line has improved since then.
So the quarterback situation has been addressed, the offence as a whole is on fire, and the defence.
apart from some secondary difficulties, is swarming.
Although it seemed like the sky was falling in Fayetteville that night.
So Texas has consistently looked like a team that will be a contender in the Big 12 championship chase.
In the next two weeks, we’ll know how big of a factor they’ll be.