No. 12 Texas trounces Rice in final non-conference tune-up


Any questions Texas still had as it gears up for Big 12 play were answered on Saturday night.

It doesn't matter that the No. 12 Longhorns' Week 3 opponent was lowly Rice. But the final score, 48-13, and how they got there is what's most impressive with Oklahoma State coming to Austin next week.

The running back depth chart? A little more stable.

A bruised defense? Again, it was Rice, but giving up 13 points is pretty good.

Sam Ehlinger's consistency? Put him on the Heisman watch list.

Ehlinger finished 23-of-27 passing for 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His 11 passing touchdowns through three games is tied for the best start for a Texas quarterback in school history.

Quarterback turned running back Roschon Johnson scored his first career touchdown. Running back Keaontay Ingram bounced back from a frustrating game against LSU with 74 yards and two touchdowns while Daniel Young returned from injury to add to the backfield depth.

Cameron Dicker nailed a career-long 57-yard field goal, longest made kick by a Longhorn in more than three decades.

True freshman Jake Smith had six catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns.

Keondre Coburn, Ayodele Adeoye and Juwan Mitchell all recorded their first career sacks on a defense that was flying around the Rice backfield all night.

The Longhorns scored on their first four drives of the game with Smith, Devin Duvernay and Ingram all finding the end zone. Dicker's kick just before was longer than the Owls had offensive yards in the first half.

Texas had 350 yards on 45 plays in the first half compared to Rice's 56 on 20 offensive snaps, and the Longhorns had 19 first downs, while the Owls had just two in the first half.

Ingram ran for his second touchdown of the night with a 14-yard rush on the Longhorns' first drive of the second half.

The Owls avoided the shutout with drives of 73 and 75 yards, respectively, in the fourth quarter.

D'Shawn Jamison returned a kickoff 98 yards in the fourth quarter, the first kick return by a Texas player since D.J. Moore did it against Oklahoma State in 2012.

Texas opens up Big 12 play against Oklahoma State next Saturday night at DKR before heading to Morgantown to face West Virginia on Oct. 5. The Red River Rivalry game against Oklahoma looms on Oct. 12.

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