A week after the ground game faltered against the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Texas Longhorns got their ground game going in spades against the Rice Owls, setting records in the process. Texas had five running backs get significant carries, four of which scored a touchdown and three of them breaking off runs longer than 60 yards. All of that led to a school-record 7.4 yards per carry for the Longhorns in the lopsided win over the Owls. That led to quarterback Casey Thompson looking solidly in command of the offense, completing 15 of his 18 attempts for 164 yards, two scores and an interception.
The defense played for pride late, managing to keep a clean sheet in spite of Rice amassing 31 percent of their total offensive yardage on the final play of the game. The Longhorns did exactly what they needed to defensively in the game, leaned on the Owls early and often - and even ended the game with a sack by freshman DJ Harris. How can Texas translate this success to the kick-off of conference play?