Bijan Robinson made three touchdowns in the first half, and Texas hit Rice 58-0 on Saturday night to recover from a humiliating defeat.
Texas quarterback Casey Thompson started his first career, but the game quickly got out of hand when Longhorns broke the running game behind Robinson and Rossion Johnson. .. Longhorns hurried 427 yards.
Robinson scored in a run of 6, 7, and 62 yards in the first half and finished 127 with a 13 carry. Johnson defeated four tackles with a score of 72 yards when Texas (2-1) took the lead 44-0 in half-time. Johnson had 112 yards with three carries.
Thompson has spent the last three seasons backing up Sam Elinger and failed to get a second-year Hudson Card at a training camp. Steve Sarkian, Texas’s first-year coach, went with Thompson after Texas lost 40-21 in Arkansas and knocked out the Longhorns from the Top 25.
Thompson threw a single passcut when he hit the throw, giving most of the first half to Robinson and Johnson. Thompson then closed the second quarter with 28 points with a touchdown pass to Jared Wiley and Xavier Worthy.
Rice (0-3) passed the midfield only once in the first half and the drive ended with a 30-yard field goal attempt.
When Texas first owned the second half, Alabama transfer Chiron Robinson ran 65 yards for a touchdown to 51-0.
Rice: The owl was overwhelmed by the Texas run game, which was easily pushed away by the line of scrimmage. Even with a Texas running back, Robinson and others easily broke through the arm tackle. Aggressively, the owl desperately tried three quarterbacks in the first half, desperately trying to do something.
Texas: When Thompson plays, Texas scores. Dating back to last season’s Alamo Bowl, Thompson led Longhorns to points with 16 of his 18 possessions. He played mainly in the first two games behind the card with a mop-up duty. The card finally entered the game in the third quarter when the score was 51-0.
Rice will host FCS opponent Texas Southern next Saturday.
Texas will host Texas Tech next Saturday to start playing the Big 12.
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