AUSTIN, Texas – Texas trampled Rice 58-0 in the first Texas shutout since 2017. The Longhorns had eight touchdowns, one safety, on nine scoring drives that produced 620 total yards of offense, 427 rushing, 193 passing before a crowd of 91,978 at DKR. For the 96th time, the Longhorns record against Rice is 74-21-01 with this win being the second-largest scoring differential next to the 59-0 win in 1914.
Bijan Robinson scored three touchdowns, rushed 13 times for 127 yards, the longest for 62 yards, and passed 1,000 career rushing yards early in the third quarter. Casey Thompson completed 15-18 passing for 164 yards, two for touchdowns, and one interception. Hudson Card came in half way through the third quarter and went 2-3 for 29 yards.
Coach Sarkisian said of the win at post game press conference, “We’re going to really challenge the players on, ‘We can’t relax,’ now [is] not just the time to relax and take a step back and I think that was a lesson learned coming out of the Louisiana game and going into Arkansas. Now we get another opportunity to do that this week with our preparation to get ready for conference play here with Tech next week.”
When asked about Casey Thompson starting against Texas Tech, Coach Sarkisian said, “You know there is something about him when he gets into the game the ball moves down field. I imagine Casey will lead the charges next week against Texas Tech.”
This game marks Casey Thompson’s first career college start of which Thompson said, “This was different, I actually got nervous for the first time yesterday. I hadn’t been nervous since my first start in high school. I started varsity as a freshman at Southmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma and this was my first start in college. So naturally I got a little bit nervous, even on the bus ride. I never get nervous when I go in the game, but once I went out for warmups and I got warm and got loose and just seeing the ball come off my hands, seeing everybody run around and the smiles in everyone’s faces. When that first drive started, we got that first snap I wasn’t nervous anymore.”
Roschon Johnson also had an outstanding evening producing 112 yards on only three carries averaging 37.3 ypc, the longest was 72 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.