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The Longhorn Republic finds big takeaways from Rice

Texas found its stride on offense, while the defense discovered some playmakers heading into conference play.

NCAA Football: Texas at Rice Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns handled their business against the Rice Owls, pulling their starters with a 38-0 lead, finishing with a 48-13 lead to close out non-conference play.

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger was the star of the show, passing Vince Young in two offensive categories, while hitting season-opening marks only seen by Colt McCoy. Running backs Keaontay Ingram and Roschon Johnson seemed to find their stride as well, while several different Longhorns contributed on offense.

Defensively, Texas seemed to figure a few things out, especially up front, with redshirt freshman Keondre Coburn notching his first sack, while junior college transfer Juwan Mitchell led the team in tackles. There were still a few miscues in the secondary, but Texas looked better in pass defense.

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