As D’Onta Foreman ran along the left sideline, with his twin brother blocking behind him, he remembered what his friends and family told him after he had been caught from behind against Oklahoma.
Against the Sooners, Foreman broke loose for 81 yards — until OU’s Zack Sanchez wrestled him down for the tackle, short of the goal line.
Saturday night, it was difficult for Foreman to block out the feeling of déjà vu as he sprinted toward the end zone. He couldn’t help but see flashbacks.
“I got it from my friends, family, teammates,” Foreman said. “They told me, ‘How could you get caught?’”
Whether he ran out of gas or not against Oklahoma, Foreman wanted to finish the deal on his own terms given another opportunity. This time around, he wasn’t going to allow any defender ruin his moment.
“I had great confidence in myself tonight,” Foreman said. “In my head, I thought, ‘I had to score.’ There was no way I could get caught twice.”
Before Foreman ran for the 93-yard touchdown — the third-longest run in school history — running backs coach Tommie Robinson told him to simplify the play.
“Just run full-speed,” Foreman remembers Robinson telling him. “A lot of people underestimate how fast you really are. Just get the corner and you can go score.”
To go along with that third-longest run, Foreman also holds the distinction of having two of the 12 longest runs ever by a Longhorn; that 81-yarder against the Sooners was the 12th-best run in school history.
On the long run Saturday night, Texas’ offensive line connected on its blocks and the left side of the field was open. The last line of the Jayhawks defense was blocked by Armanti, who embraced his twin brother in the end zone after the play.
“I told him ‘thank you,’” Foreman said. “I kept telling him thank you. You did that for me. He laughed and said ‘Every time you make a play, I’m always in the game.’”
Foreman, who wore a boot on his right foot last week because of a toe injury, rushed for six yards on two carries in the 24-0 loss at Iowa State. Against Kansas State the week before, he accounted for 43 yards on 10 carries.
As Foreman reached the second level of the Kansas defense, perhaps he wasn’t just separating himself from the Jayhawks. For just the second time this season, he ran the ball more times than senior starter Johnathan Gray. The other instance occurred against TCU.
Foreman added a 9-yard touchdown later in the third quarter, leading the Longhorns in carries (12) and rushing yards (157).
“We’ll play both,” offensive play-caller Jay Norvell said. “D’Onta is a really strong runner, so we’ll talk about that this week again and try to find the best mix. He definitely deserves to run the ball, no question.”
Maybe that’s the start of a new trend. Foreman, who made up for his blunder last month, has made a habit of proving people wrong this season.