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Final: Texas-45, Louisiana Tech-14

The Longhorns win comfortably.

Louisiana Tech v Texas Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Longhorns broke the opening upset streak under Tom Herman and turned in a business-like win in Austin over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs despite a crippled running back room and a conservative short passing game to make up that deficit. Being able to register that kind of win is a good indicator for the program in general. A lot of Longhorns saw the field as Texas controlled the game from beginning to end.

Sam Ehlinger threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns. Devin Duvernay registered a career high nine catches in the short game. Brennan Eagles registered two touchdowns on 20+ yard throws. Backup QB Casey Thompson even got run, scoring on a short touchdown run late, while 3rd string QB Roschon Johnson filled in at RB and carried the ball 7 times and a pair of catches. Generally, the OL pass protected very well and there were holes all night.

Defensively, Texas tackled poorly at times and the #2 cornerbacks - particularly Kobe Boyce - had some bad moments, but Todd Orlando was able to keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone when the contest was in doubt and was able to play a lot of bodies. The DL was particularly good at the point of attack.

Overall, a solid win. Let’s bring on the marquee matchup with LSU, who just decimated Georgia Southern 55-3 in Baton Rouge.

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