OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 15: D.J. Monroe #26 of the Texas Longhorns scores a third quarter touchdown against the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
So that's what it looks like when it all comes together. Got it. Yeah, that'll work just fine.
David Ash, Malcolm Brown, Marquis Goodwin, and Mike Davis led Texas on a breakout performance for the Longhorns offense tonight, as Texas racked up 676 yards of total offense on their way to a 66-31 win at Ole Miss. The Rebels defense is... not good. Good or bad defense, it was the best performance of sophomore David Ash's career, as he rolled the Rebels secondary for 326 yards on 19-of-23 passing, including 4 touchdowns.
Malcolm Brown led the way on the ground, picking up 128 yards on 21 carries, including an absolutely filthy touchdown run from the 12 that put Texas ahead 59-24. Brown looked great, but the offensive line was dominant from start to finish, in the run game and in pass protection. Great, great performance.
As for the defense... good grief. It was a disastrous night of assignments and containment, and while we were all looking forward to lots of exotica from the Diaz defense in year two... right now, this group just needs to drill the basics. There's no shortage of playmakers on this unit, but... well, that seems to be part of the problem. On the bright side, this is a group not just with plenty of room to improve, but ability -- the big worry was a poor start from the offense, but Ash and Co. have been strong and getting better every quarter.
All in all, a fun week, and a fun, dominant win on the road against an outmatched Ole Miss team in recovery. The Horns now get a week off, before heading to Stillwater to start conference play.
This... is your celebration thread. Hook 'em
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