14 Sep

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No. 12 Longhorns roll to 48-13 win over Rice

Texas cornerback the Longhorns’ D’Shawn Jamison put the the finishing touch on the scoring against Rice when he returned a kickoff 98 yards for the game's final score in the game's final minute (photo by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

HOUSTON, Texas — The Texas Longhorns' attitude of "no hangover, no letdown and no letup" meant no quarter for Rice Saturday in a battle of former Southwest Conference rivals.

If you expected anything less of the rampaging and talented Longhorns, then you haven’t been paying attention.

UT quarterback Sam Ehlinger passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns, two to freshman Jake Smith, in less than three quarters of play as No. 12 Texas overwhelmed winless Rice, 48-13, Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

The Longhorns (2-1) bounced back in a big way after a seven-point loss at home to then-No. 6 LSU last week, making things look easy in taking a 31-0 lead by halftime and strolling to the finish. Texas now has

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .