The Charlie Strong era is off and running. Well, walking, at least.
The Texas fans who flocked to Royal-Memorial Stadium saw an incomplete product but one that still needs a lot of work before the fall.
Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes struggled through most of the first half before before leading a scoring drive capped by a 42-yard Hail Mary to Daje Johnson. He finished the day 17-for-30 for 229 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Strong promised that fans would see “good-on-good.” However, Swoopes never faced the Longhorns’ first-team defensive unit.
Swoopes’ best throw of the day was a 44-yard strike to Jaxon Shipley in double coverage. Shipley hauled in the pass as he and safety Chevoski Collins fell into the end zone on the score.
Running back Malcolm Brown was easily the best offensive player on the field, as expected. He had 82 yards on 20 carries through the first three quarters. He scored on a 6-yard reception in the third quarter.
Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford had to like what he saw. His unit was credited with eight sacks in the first half, many of which came after players were unblocked.
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