AUSTIN (KXAN) – This has to be at least the beginning of what Steve Sarkisian envisioned for his Texas Longhorns offense.
Texas was efficient and explosive, lighting the score against Texas Tech on Saturday at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Longhorns scored 70 points for the first time since 2005, amassed 639 yards of offense and scored a touchdown on nine of their 11 possessions in a 70-35 victory.
With Casey Thompson starting at quarterback, Texas backed a 58-point showing against Rice and outplayed it with the display against the Red Raiders.
Texas has scored more than 40 points in the first half of its last two games for the first time since 2003. Aside from a turnover, a misguided pass in the third quarter, Thompson made the right decisions to guide the offense. He finished with 303 passing yards and six total touchdowns.
Bijan Robinson continues to be the engine of the Longhorns offense, as Sarkisian relies on the ground game to open the pass. Robinson is excellent in the role of catching passes, but his 10-15 yard runs give Texas a certified weapon in the running game. Robinson had 192 total yards on Saturday.
Next up for Texas is a challenging trip to Fort Worth against TCU. The Horned Frogs lost to SMU on Saturday, but they are always ready to appear on the Longhorns.
Texas has lost two straight games to TCU and six of the last seven games. The Longhorns’ last win in Fort Worth was in 2013 when Mack Brown and Tyrone Swoopes were still wearing burnt orange.
KXAN’s Roger Wallace and Jonathan Thomas analyzed Texas’s dominant victory over Texas Tech in the video player above.