The Texas run defense was stout against UTEP RB Aaron Jones (the nation’s leading rusher after Week 1) in every quarter but the 2Q. Jones had 10 carries for 104 yards in the 2Q, including a 51-yard TD run. The rest of the game, Jones had 8 carries for 19 yards.
Breckyn Hager playing with his hair on fire, leading the team in tackles (8), including an early sack and lots of other QB pressure.
Malcolm Roach gave you some glimpses of what a big-time player he’s going to be with 4 bone-crunching tackles, including a sack.
5 sacks as a team - Hager, DeShon Elliott, Kevin Vaccaro, Malcolm Roach and Charles Omenihu. It should have been 6, but the officials made a terrible call in taking Poona Ford’s sack away for bowing.
Nice pump-fake by Shane Buechele to Collin Johnson, causing Jerrod Heard's man to come completely off of Heard, leaving him wide open for the 7-yard TD pass that put Texas up 41-7.
Buechele’s final numbers - 22 of 27 passing for 244 yards and 4 TDs through the air for a 206.3 passer rating.
Buechele keeping the UTEP defense honest by running the ball on the zone read as the game wore on. Shane had 11 carries for 34 yards (3.1 ypc). Those numbers aren’t impressive - but they forced UTEP’s D to account for him and opened up some other aspects of the offense.
Lil’Jordan Humphey, Collin Johnson making their first catches as Longhorns. LJH’s went for a first down with about 10:40 left in the game.
Kyle Porter with a nice, 16-yard burst on an outside zone play (made by Jake McMillon’s seal block) with 11:11 left 4Q … Porter had 8 carries for 33 yards (4.1 ypc)
With D’Onta Foreman banged up coming into the game and not playing, Chris Warren led the rushing attack with 20 carries for 95 yards (4.8 ypc) and a 1-yard TD
Jacorey Warrick (7 catches for 73 yards, 1 TD) and BIRTHDAY BOY Jerrod Heard (6 catches for 46 yards, 2 TDs) coming up BIG.
Punter Michael Dickson continues to be a beast - averaging 50.4 yards on 5 punts.
Third-down defense - UTEP converted just 3 of 15 third downs
Antwuan Davis, Malcolm Roach and DeShon Elliott with back-to-back-to-back sure tackles/big hits to help kill the drive that included sacks by Poona Ford and Kevin Vaccaro but also personal foul flags on Poona (ridiculous - for bowing) and Kris Boyd (facemask) early in 4Q.
Jason Hall not getting flagged for pass interference going over the back of a UTEP receiver with 5:35 left 3Q
HOLY DORIAN LEONARD SIGHTING BATMAN! Beautiful throw (Buechele) and catch (Dorian Leonard) for a 46-yard TD pass down the right sideline (where John Burt normally lines up) - putting Texas up 34-7 with 6:07 left 3Q
Omenihu sack for loss of 3 - bringing up third-down-9 midway through the 3Q. A big hit on UTEP’s scrambling QB by Anthony Wheeler on the following play forced a punt.
Jason Hall causes a fumble by UTEP RB Aaron Jones with 7:51 left 3Q, recovered by Sheroid Evans and returned to the UTEP 15. (I’m not sure there was conclusive review evidence to overturn the call - even though the officials did overturn it.)
Offensive line on the 12-play, 52-yard, TD drive capped by Chris Warren III 1-yard TD run at put Texas up 27-7 was:
LT E Rodriguez, LG Vahe, C McMillon, RG Alex Anderson, RT B Hodges
Kris Boyd downing a punt at the 1 in the first half and forcing a fumble on a kick return with 8:02 left in 3Q, recovered by UTEP.
Toe-tap TD catch by Jacorey Warrick from Shane Buechele with 1:22 left 2Q, putting Texas up 20-7.
DeShon Elliott coming out party: Recovered fumble caused by Davante Davis with 11:46 left in the 2Q … Great sack by The Kraken for minus-17 yards with 3:49 left in 2Q (it was initially called intentional grounding on UTEP QB).
Shane Buechele getting off to a 5-of-5 passing start, including a perfectly thrown 29-yard TD pass to Jerrod Heard in the left corner of the end zone, putting Texas up 7-0 in the 1Q.
OL - LT Elijah Rodriguez, LG Patrick Vahe, C Zach Shackelford, RG Alex Anderson, RT Brandon Hodges
TE - Andrew Beck
WR - OWR Armanti Foreman, IWR Jacorey Warrick, OWR John Burt
RB - Chris Warren
QB - Shane Buechele
DL - Naashon Hughes, Poona, Boyette and Omenihu
LB - Wheeler, Malik and B Hager
CB - LCB Sheroid Evans, RCB Davante Davis
S - Kevin Vaccaro and Jason Hall
Overall, the Texas running game has to be better against a defense like UTEP. The Horns couldn’t even average 4 yards per carry (47 carries for 171 yards, 3.6 per carry).
Devin Duvernay’s 44-yard pass reception from Tyrone Swoopes in the final minutes of the game being nullified by an offensive pass interference flag on Duvernay.
The officials for throwing a personal foul flag on Poona Ford for bowing after sacking UTEP’s QB for a 4-yard loss on third down - extending UTEP’s drive.
Up and down game for Kris Boyd, who made some big plays on special teams (downing a punt at the 1) but was flagged 3 times in the game, twice on returns and once for a personal foul facemask.
Too many penalties - 10 for 115 yards one week after being flagged 11 times for 104 yards vs Notre Dame.
Texas forced its first turnover of the season but didn’t win the turnover battle (tied 1-1).
Malcolm Roach personal foul (facemask) giving UTEP a first down at own 40 with 5:42 left 3Q. (But Roach had a nice hit on the QB on third down, and Texas forced a punt on that UTEP possession.)
Squandered field position. Texas started its first four drives at the: UTEP 49, UT 40, UT 40 and UTEP 6 and produced only 10 points.
6 first-half penalties for 55 yards - including
Not going for it on fourth-and-3 from the UTEP 26 after Sherrod Heard, playing Wildcat QB, ran for 5 yards on third-and-8
Starting a drive at the UTEP 6 after Brandon Jones blocked a punt that rolled out of bounds and making only 1 yard in four plays - settling for a 22-yard FG with 39 seconds left in the 1Q.
Giving up a 51-yard TD run to UTEP RB Aaron Jones with 8:28 left in the 2Q, cutting Texas’ lead to 10-7
Holding penalty on Elijah Rodriguez negates an 8-yard run by Kyle Porter midway through the 2Q
Injuries kept the following players from taking the field: RB D'Onta Foreman, LT Connor Williams, RG Kent Perkins, RT Tristan Nickelson, S Dylan Haines, TE Caleb Bluiett, CB Holton Hill.
C Zach Shackelford suffered an ankle injury in the game, and he didn’t return. At that point, Texas was down 7 starters.
Alex Anderson and Andrew Beck getting in each other’s faces on the sideline after Texas’ Trent Domingue kicked a 43-yard FG putting Texas up 13-7 with 4:42 left 2Q
Roughing the passer flag on UTEP’s Alvin Jones - hitting Buechele well after the play (silver lining: came on third-and-6 on a play in which Buechele had to throw the ball away and helped keep UT’s drive alive)
Jacorey Warrick getting stripped of the ball before crossing the goal line on an what would have been an 11-yard TD pass from Shane Buechele on third-and-7 on UT’s first possession.
Gerald Wilbon with a hands to the face of the UTEP QB at the 14:49 mark of the 2Q (on the same play Breckyn Hager got a nice hit on the QB)
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