Texas Offense By the Numbers
Texas comes in to Saturday's game as the No. 8 offense in the nation based on strength of schedule, and it's not all because of its running game. The Longhorns have completed 71% of their passes, and because of Shane Buechele's arm strength down field, they are No. 23 in the nation in offensive explosiveness.
Texas has had seven passing plays of 20 yards or more (including a 29-yarder and a 68-yarder to erstwhile quarterback Jerrod Heard, and a 72-yarder to John Burt against Notre Dame), and 13 running plays of 10 yards or more on the young season. Because of Buechele's arm, Texas is averaging 9.55 yards per passing attempt.
That said, Texas makes its money on the ground, rushing 106 times for 408 net yards, while passing 55 times for 525 total yards.
That offense is, as Art Kaufman said earlier this week, run at a very high tempo. The Longhorns' 80.5 plays per game is 29th in the nation, and Texas takes just 19.87 seconds per play on offense, making the Longhorns the ninth-quickest offense in the nation.
The Longhorns are 11-of-30 on third-down conversions on the season, but against Notre Dame in the first week of the season, Texas went 5-for-9 rushing the ball on third down, and just 3-for-9 passing on third down. The Longhorns are the top team in the nation in fourth-down conversions, going 3-for-3, all on runs.
Averaging 53 rushing attempts per game (though only averaging 3.85 yards per rush), Texas ranks ninth in the nation in running frequency, and with 12.5 rushing first downs per game, the Longhorns rank eighth in that category. Their six rushing touchdowns are 23rd in the nation.
Chris Warren, at 6-foot-2, 232 pounds, is the smallest of Texas's runners, and in two games, has rushed 34 times for 141 net yards, with only a single carry for a loss (one yard). 6-foot-1, 249-pound D'Onta Foreman has rushed 24 times, with a loss on only two carries, and is averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
The massive Tyrone Swoopes, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 243 pounds, rushed for 451 yards (6.1 ypc) and 12 TDs, while passing for 537 yards and four TDs last season in 11 games, and so far this season, has been used in the 18-Wheeler package, rushing 15 times for 57 yards and three touchdowns.
Buechele, while mainly a passer, has rushed 16 times for 83 yards, but those numbers include three sacks for a loss of 16 yards -- all against the Miners.
Cal allowed 248 yards on the ground on 38 carries against Hawaii (6.5 ypc), while San Diego State rushed for a gain of 352 yards, but a net of 334 on 47 carries (7.1 ypc).
Aside from three losses taken by quarterback Christian Chapman for 12 yards, Cal only tallied three tackles for loss on Aztecs running backs -- 5-foot-9, 180-pound Donnel Pumphrey (two TFLs) and 5-foot-11, 220-pound Rashaad Penny (1 TFL).
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