How it all happened Saturday night:
Texas 14, Rice 0. Texas’ first two drives started at its own 18- and 10-yard lines. The Horns rattled off 82- and 90-yard scoring drives. Roschon Johnson’s first career touchdown capped a first drive that saw UT convert three third downs (third-and-2, 8 and 12). And Jake Smith’s 53-yard score gave Texas a touchdown of at least 50 yards for the second straight week. In the opening quarter, Sam Ehlinger was 11-of-12 for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Texas: Roschon Johnson 25-yard pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick, 8:46)
Texas: Jake Smith 53-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 3:21)
Halftime: Texas 31, Rice 0. After twice failing on fourth-down tries from inside the 5-yard line against LSU, Texas cashed in on a fourth-down gamble against Rice. Keaontay Ingram turned a fourth-and-3 into a 26-yard touchdown; it was UT’s first 20-yard run of the season. Ryan Bujcevski came out for a punt — that was notable, as that ended a run of nine straight UT scoring drives, going back to all five of the second-half drives against LSU. At the end of the half, Dicker’s 57-yard field goal tied for the seventh-longest kick in UT history. Only Russell Erxleben has kicked a longer one.
Texas: Keaontay Ingram 26-yard run (Dicker kick, 12:11)
Texas: Smith 12-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 6:33)
Texas: Dicker 57-yard field goal (1:01)
Texas 38, Rice 0. Ehlinger worked just one possession before he was replaced by Casey Thompson. That drive — the longest of the season at 91 yards — ended with Ingram’s second score. It’s the first multi-score game of his career. Rice didn’t take its first snap of the game until four-and-a-half minutes left in the quarter; the Owls eventually reached UT’s 29 but a sack by Jeffrey McCulloch and Ayodele Adeoye moved Rice out of field goal range and kept the shutout intact.
Texas: Ingram 14-yard run (Dicker kick, 6:32)
Final: Texas 48, Rice 13. Rice got on the scoreboard with seven minutes left, avoiding the shutout by producing a 12-play drive against UT’s backups. The Owls, who haven’t made a field goal all season, missed the extra-point kick. Speaking of those backups: Juwann Mitchell had a sack, there was a D’Shawn Jamison sighting on one-on-one coverage of a receiver on a downfield shot, and Jacoby Jones made a tackle. Dicker added a field goal. This one was from only 46 yards. Yaawn. But D’Shawn Jamison’s electric kickoff return woke everyone up at the end on both sides; Jamison is from Houston.
Rice: Aston Walter 3-yard pass from Tom Stewart (kick failed, 7:50)
Texas: Dicker 46-yard field goal (3:29)
Rice: Walter 4-yard pass from Stewart (A. Montero kick, 1:07)
Texas: D’Shawn Jamison 98-yard kick return (Dicker kick, :53)
First downs: Texas 28, Rice 13
Rushes-yards: Texas 36-171, Rice 31-87
Comp.-Att.-Int.: Texas 28-34-338, 3/0; Rice 12-23-179, 2/0
Return yards: Texas 128, Rice 22
Punts-Avg.: Texas 2-44.5, Rice 8-38.5
Fumbles-Lost: Texas 0-0, Rice 0-0
Penalties-Yards: Rice 1-5, Texas 6-50
Time of possession: Texas 33:47, Rice 26:13
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 23-27-279, 3/0; Thompson 5-7-59. Rice — Stewart 12-23-179, 2/0
RUSHING: Texas — Ingram 13-74-2, R. Johnson 11-59, Ehlinger 5-27, Young 4-16, Thompson 3-(-5); Rice — Walter 16-69, Booker 6-26, Ellerbe 2-0, Stewart 7-(-8)
RECEIVING: Texas — Smith 6-75-2, Duvernay 6-60, Epps 4-53, R. Johnson 3-30-1, Ingram 2-19, Young 2-7, Lewis 1-37, Eagles 1-28, Burt 1-18, Pouncey 1-8, Washington 1-3; Rice — Trammell 6-97, Pitre III 2-2, Walter 2-7-2, Rozner 1-41, Montgomery 1-8