UT running back D'Onta Foreman tries to get past OU linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Saturday October 8, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas notebook: Foreman carries the load for Warren-less backfield

Posted October 8th, 2016

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DALLAS — Texas junior D’Onta Foreman once again hit 100 rushing yards, and he wasn’t at full strength.

Foreman rushed a season-high 25 times for a season-high 159 yards and tied-for-a-season-high two touchdowns, which gave the Texas City native his fourth 100-yard performance of the season. (Foreman did not play in Texas’ 41-7 win over UTEP). After the game, offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert described Foreman as a “battler” who hadn’t fully recovered from the abdominal injury that he sustained last week at Oklahoma State.

While Foreman was able to go, Chris Warren III was sidelined by a knee injury. In place of a sophomore who was averaging 5.9 yards per attempt, Texas gave six rushing attempts to freshman Kyle Porter (for 16 yards). Gilbert said earlier in the week that redshirt freshman Tristian Houston was another backfield option, but he did not play.

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Freshman receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey also lined up as a running back for a 2-point conversion before Oklahoma called a timeout.

Hometown heroes: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, running back Samaje Perine and wide receiver Dede Westbrook all attended high school in the Central Texas area. Mayfield was a state champion at Lake Travis, while Perine and Westbrook graduated from Hendrickson and Cameron Yoe.

Perine (214 rushing yards) and Westbrook (232 receiving yards) became the first-ever Oklahoma duo to top 200 rushing and 200 receiving yards in the same game, and Westbrook set OU’s single-game receiving mark. Mayfield shook off two first-quarter interceptions with three touchdown passes, and his 390 passing yards were the most ever thrown by a Sooners quarterback against the Longhorns.

And Texas apparently didn’t offer a scholarship to any of them. Perine, who also considered Alabama, signed with the Sooners while Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma from Texas Tech and Westbrook from Blinn College. On Saturday, fans were left to think about recruiting misses.

All of OU’s six touchdowns Saturday were scored by the Central Texas trio.

The other Foreman: Junior receiver Armanti Foreman — D’Onta’s twin brother — also had a solid showing. He led Texas with five catches, one of which was a 10-yard touchdown.

It marked the second time this season that each of the Foreman brothers scored in the same game. They combined for two touchdowns in the 50-47 win over Notre Dame.

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