How it all happened Tuesday night at the Alamodome:
1st quarter: Texas 3, Utah 0
The Longhorns won the coin toss but chose to receive the ball to start the game (earlier this season, Tom Herman took the ball after winning the toss for the first time in his coaching career). Tuesday night’s decision led to a short opening-drive field goal. Texas held Utah to 40 yards of total offense in the quarter, and for only the third time this season, it forced an opponent to punt on its first drive. The Longhorns haven’t led after the first quarter since Oct. 19 (Kansas).
Texas: Cameron Dicker 29-yard field goal (10:26)
2nd quarter: Texas 10, Utah 0 (halftime)
D’Shawn Jamison’s 71-yard punt return on the second snap of the quarter set up UT’s first touchdown. Collin Johnson, who missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, opened the game with a 34-yard catch and then scored his first touchdown since Nov. 9 in the second quarter. It was his 15th career touchdown; only 10 other Longhorns have caught that many. But Texas spoiled a chance to score again when Ehlinger was picked off on a fourth-and-2 try in the red zone; the Longhorns, up 10-0, could have made it 13-0 with a short field goal.
Texas: Collin Johnson 5-yard pass from Sam Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 13:24)
3rd quarter: Texas 24, Utah 3
Ehlinger produced a touchdown pass and a touchdown run and even caught a pass, too. The shutout went away with a Utes field goal; Texas has three bowl shutouts (the 1953 Cotton Bowl, the 1966 Bluebonnet Bowl and the 1978 Sun Bowl). The quarter ended on a chippy note when the Utes were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Ehlinger’s catch, by the way, was the ninth of his career.
Texas: Keaontay Ingram 11-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 10:30)
Utah: Jadon Redding 32-yard field goal (4:58)
Texas: Ehlinger 6-yard run (Dicker kick, :06)
4th quarter: Texas 38, Utah 10 (final)
The Utes, trailing by three touchdowns, opened the final quarter by going uptempo. Two questionable calls late in the drive went Utah’s way (UT stopped the Utes on fourth-and-goal, but Keondre Coburn was flagged for remaining in the play after his helmet had been ripped off; and it appeared that the receiver hadn’t secured the ball on the actual touchdown catch). Still, it was all too late. Texas answered that touchdown with a touchdown of its own. And then another one.
Utah: Demari Simpkins 4-yard pass from Tyler Huntley (Redding kick, 11:34)
Texas: Devin Duvernay 15-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 8:58)
Texas: Ingram 49-yard run (Dicker kick, 7:54)
First downs: Texas 22, Utah 15
Rushes-yards-TD: Texas 37-231-2, Utah 37-128-0
Comp.-Att.-Int.: Utah 15-23-0, Texas 13-19-1
Return yards: Texas 124, Utah 1
Punts-Avg.: Utah 7-47.1, Texas 2-47.0
Fumbles-Lost: Utah 0-0, Texas 1-0
Penalties-Yards: Texas 4-38, Utah 8-53
Time of possession: Utah 31:26, Texas 28:34
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 12-18-201, 3/1; Duvernay 1-1-6. Utah — Huntley 15-23-126, 1/0
RUSHING: Texas — Ingram 13-108-1, Ehlinger 11-73-1, R. Johnson 6-49, Thompson 3-7, Young 3-2, Duvernay 1-(-8); Utah — Moss 16-57, Huntley 16-33, Kuithe 1-29, Perriman 1-5, Henry-Cole 1-3, Vickers 2-1
RECEIVING: Texas — Duvernay 3-92-1, C. Johnson 3-62-1, Ingram 2-26-1, Eagles 2-4, Brewer 1-10, Woodard 1-7, Ehlinger 1-6; Utah — Kuithe 3-30, Fotheringham 3-30, Nacua 2-16, Moss 2-14, Simpkins 2-12-1, Dixon 1-10, Thompson 1-9, Enis 1-5