Texas Football: Longhorns Rebound for Big Win in Week 2
Texas football came into DKR Stadium like the Longhorns were on a mission. RB Chris Warren III had a total of 166 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the day. Warren’s first touchdown, a 41-yard burst off a direct snap opened the scoring for the Longhorns.
Defensive back Holton Hill scored his third touchdown in two games with an interception which he returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. With the performance of each individual player, the Texas Longhorns looked like a strong and relentless scoring machine.
Adding a little hint of adversity was an injury to Shane Buechele. Buechele, the starting quarterback had a bruise on his throwing arm which prevented him from playing. With that, first-time starter Sam Ehlinger came in and threw for 222 yards.
Together, this group seemed like the Big 12 powerhouse that all local media had hoped for. While this win may not have been against a team like Alabama, the Longhorns have every right to be happy and even build confidence from the win. The Longhorns offense seemed as if it was clicking on all cylinders and the defense played lights out.
The San Jose State Spartans gave the Longhorns a challenge on the field. Taking the good from week 1, and the good from week 2, one thing is obvious. Tom Herman was a coach that was surrounded by a large amount of hype. Knowing that the players had a “players only” meeting after the opening loss, and seeing what happens when the players all buy into Herman’s coaching leads this writer to believe that the Longhorns are on the rise.
Coincidentally, a few more questions arose during this game. Do the players finally buy into coach Tom Herman’s philosophies? Was the atrocious defensive performance in week one a matter of not being completely ready? The true test, an early one at that, comes when the Texas Longhorns face a USC team that is consistently mentioned among the best in college football.