Trophy-worthy: Foreman is Longhorns’ shining star again in 45-37 win over Texas Tech

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Running back D'Onta Foreman ran for 341 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Texas Longhorns to a 39493 victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock (photo courtesy of texassports.com)
Running back D'Onta Foreman ran for 341 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Texas Longhorns to a 45-37 victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock (photo courtesy of texassports.com)

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

LUBBOCK, Texas — Let’s just get this out of the way at the start: if there are voters for the Heisman Trophy that aren’t considering Texas running back D’Onta Foreman as one of the finalists as the best player in college football they should stand up and be counted now rather than be shouted down in ridicule later.

Foreman was the difference — a man among lesser men — as he ran for 341 yards and three touchdowns as the Longhorns outlasted Texas Tech, 45-37, Saturday in Big 12 play on a cool and overcast afternoon at Jones AT&T Stadium.

It’s never easy to win in Lubbock, and Texas needed all Foreman could muster to get it done this time around. He rushed 33 times and scored on runs of 4, 38 and 74 yards, in the process becoming the first Longhorns player to rack up 300 or more yards on the ground since Ricky Williams amassed 350 yards against Iowa State in his Heisman Trophy season in 1998.

Foreman also is the first Longhorn running back with back-to-back 200-yard games since Hodges Mitchell in 2000 and is just the fourth Texas player to ever do so. With his 10th straight game of at least 100 yards, Foreman crept closer to the team record of 11 consecutive such performances as established by Earl Campbell in his Heisman Trophy season in 1977.

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Steve Habel

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 .

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