Brown was deeply disturbed last season after Texas failed to run the ball in the fourth quarter (or, at all, for that matter) against LSU and in final frame losses to Texas Tech and Oklahoma. The sixth-year coach reshuffled his offensive staff after the UT ground game finished a dismal No. 74 (135.5 ypg). This week, Texas' rushing offense is No. 9 nationally and is cruising to the tune of 221.6 ypg.
Of course, QB Vince Young has as much to do with that as does Benson. Then again, a quarterback's rushing stats count just as much.
"As long as you can keep them chasing your guys then most people don't have enough depth to play two-deep the whole game," Brown added.
The offense had a couple of three-and-outs in the third quarter but then adjusted to a more north-south strategy after Nebraska went to a heavy blitz package to shut down QB Young's zone read options. After Nebraska narrowed the margin to 17-7, Texas responded with seven straight Benson carries off of isolation plays including a 23-yard burst after he bounced outside the hash marks. Benson carried it over from the five with 7:29 remaining to put it out of reach at 24-7.
He wasn't done. Benson's 39-yard TD run on an outside zone play was his longest carry to cap the scoring at 31-7.
"It was 4th-and-four and we didn't want to kick the field goal at that point," Brown said, "and he takes the little dip inside like he used to and then he bounced outside. He showed really good speed and quickness for his 28th carry. I was really pleased with what I saw him do in the fourth quarter."
Benson has 672 yards on the season, or 84 ypg. However, Benson has averaged 155 yards in his past two starts. Young is Texas' leading rusher with 713 yards on 80 carries (that would be a league-leading 8.9 yards per carry, folks).