40 - 299 (7.5) - 6: Texas offense rush attempts - rushing yards (yards per carry) - rushing TDs
30 - 299 (10.0) - 2: Texas offense pass attempts - passing yards (yards per attempt) - passing TDs
A week after getting blanked in Ames, the opportunity presented by a helpless visiting Kansas Jayhawks team gave the Texas Longhorns a chance to work out some kinks. And early returns were promising. The first offensive snap for Texas had Jerrod Heard going deep for the first time in what felt like forever, connecting on an 84-yard touchdown strike to John Burt. The second Texas drive went 54 yards for a field goal. And the 18 Wheeler capped off a short field following a Dylan Haines interception with a touchdown on the third drive.
Then the Texas offense found its old rut while tinkering with various offensive groupings. The next 6 drives would go no further than 27 yards (though one of those drives was a 17-yard touchdown following a fumble). But starting with the second drive of the second half, Texas returned to doing what the Texas offense should do against bad teams: drive. A one play-93 yard D'Onta Foreman touchdown sprint would kick-start five straight touchdown drives for the Horns of 93 yards, 53 yards, 68 yards, 52 yards, and 86 yards.
12 - 157 (13.1) - 2: D'Onta Foreman rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry) - rushing TDs
4 - 59 (14.8) - 4: Tyrone Swoopes rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry) - rushing TDs
9 - 38 (4.2): Jerrod Heard rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry)
D'Onta Foreman had a very Foreman-esque stat-line, continuing to prove he's the best back on the roster. His 93-yard touchdown run in the third quarter is the third-longest run in UT history and the longest since 1967. His long run against OU was the 12th-longest in school history. Not bad for the brother that was supposed to be an afterthought in recruiting.
Tyrone Swoopes was back in action as an unstoppable force. He scored twice in the 18 Wheeler package, once on a bad snap for 44 yards following a Johnathan Gray block, and once on a fumble recovery from 10 yards out. His emergence has provided such a valuable weapon for this offense.
Jerrod Heard had a solid bounce back game on the ground, finding a little leg room this week despite KU insistence on corralling the young quarterback.
13 -23, 201 (8.7), 1-0: Jerrod Heard completions-attempts, passing yards (yards per attempt), TDs-INTs
6-7, 98 (14.0), 1-0: Tyrone Swoopes completions-attempts, passing yards (yards per attempt), TDs-INTs
With the game against Kansas, Jay Norvell and Co. used the opponent to get Heard work in the passing game. Given Heard hadn't crossed the 100-yard passing mark since Oklahoma State, and had only crossed 200 yards once this season, it was a smart strategy. The results were mixed. Heard still struggles in the screen game, hitting the wrong shoulder on wide receiver screens and being unable to find running backs. But he finally found some work hitting hitches and slants, and was comfortable pushing the downfield again. He needs to be able to pass to complement his legs, and the Kansas game was a step back in the right direction.
Tyrone Swoopes also got in some work in the passing game. In limited time late, he looked comfortable. An easy sling downfield found Armanti Foreman for a 40-yard touchdown. He scrambled to convert a 3rd and 14 on a pass down the sideline to Andrew Beck. He hit the right location on screen passes that Heard needs to develop. In a back-up role, Tyrone is thriving and looking as comfortable as ever. Should something happen to Heard, the backup quarterback position looks much better than it has in recent years.
4 - 113 - 1: John Burt receptions - receiving yards - receiving TDs
With limited success in the passing game of late, it's been the wide receiver blocking that has drawn attention. But an early 84-yard touchdown catch by Burt kick-started a productive night receiving for the Horns' skill players. Armanti Foreman also found the end zone in his only catch. In total, 19 completions were spread among nine pass catchers.
6-13 vs. 9-20: Texas offense third-down conversions vs. Kansas offense third-down conversions
Third down watch against Kansas? Meh. Both teams ended just shy of 50%. It's improvement, but probably wouldn't cut it in Morgantown.