Week 3: Texas Longhorns beat tough UTSA Roadrunners 41-20

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#5 Bijan Robinson scores 3 touchdowns on the eening.
#5 Bijan Robinson scres a touchdown. (photo Ron Parks / HornsIllustated)

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Longhorns wins against UTSA Roadrunners 41-20 with Hudson Card behind center, Roschon Johnson contributing with some wildcat, offense putting up 298 yards rushing and 161 yards receiving in front of 102,520 fans, the third largest in UT history.

The game started slow unlike the Alabama game last week. Sarkisian called it the “early start whoa’s.” Texas’ first drive Bijan Robinson ran the ball five times for only 12 yards, Hudson Card threw two incomplete passes, and Daniel Trejo kicked a 58 yards punt resulting in a touchback.

In the first quarter, Texas controlled the ball for only 6:33 minutes and UTSA got on the board first with a 24 yard field goal.

The action started in the second quarter. Texas scored their first touchdown with an 11 yard pass from Hudson Card to Roschon Johnson. UTSA answered back with back-to-back touchdowns within 31 seconds. After UTSA’s first touchdown, they executed a perfect onside kick setting them up for their second touchdown.

Bijan Robinson punched in a touchdown from three yards out and Bert Auburn hit a 44 yard field goal that tied the score 17-17 with 12 seconds left on the clock. UTSA took a knee to end the half.

Sarkisian must have had a talk with the team during halftime because they came out a different team and scored another 24 points in the second half. The first touchdown in the third quarter came from a 78 year run from Bijan Robinson and another from an interception by #23 Jahdae Barron who took it 44 yards to the end zone.

The fourth quarter Robinson scored his third touchdown in the game on a 41 rush and Bert Auburn capped the night with a 26 yard field goal.

Texas had 459 total yards, 298 rushing (183 rushing from Robinson, 81 from Roschon Johnson and 35 from Card). 

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Texas' receiving core delivered 161 yards on 15 carries. Jordan Whittington had four catches for 56 yards, Xavier Worthy had four catches for 41 yards, though two incomplete passes to Worthy would have put him over 100 yards easily. Roschon Johnson had three catches for 23 years and one touchdown. Robinson had one catch for 19 yards, Keilan Robinson one catch for 10 yards, Casey Cain one catch for seven yards, and Ja’Tavion Sanders a catch for five yards.

After the game we spoke with Sarkisian, Jahdae Barron, and Bijan Robinson.

On Barron, Sarkisian said, “Jahdae Barron is a savvy player. He has a very high football IQ. He is a physical player for a defensive back.”

Barron commented that his family, 15 in total, came to watch him play and his mom was most proud of him. Barron, with his voice breaking, holding back his emotions, shared that he looked at a video from his cousin that came to him with a note that said, “I’m crying right now.”

Texas Longhorns Football team lead by Steve Sarkisian, #88 Casey Cain carrying U.S. Flag. and #23 Jahdae Barron carrying the Texas State Flag, run out of the tunnel and take the field at DKR against UTSA. (video Ron Parks / Horns Illustrated)

We asked Bijan Robinson when he broke out on his 78 run if he was going as fast as he could run? Robinson said, “Ah, I guess not. They were telling me on the sidelines, like, I hit 19 mph and I was like I thought I hit it a little bit faster than that.”

Texas travels to Lubbock, Texas for their first Big 12 game against Texas Tech Red Raiders on Sep 24 at 2:30 p.m. game televised on ESPN.

After the UTSA, we captures 102,520 fans singing 'Eyes of Texas'. This is the full version.

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Terry Middleton

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