Texas running back Bijan Robinson tries to fight off a tackle from West Virginia safety Sean Mahone at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 7, 2020. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Big 12 applauds Bijan Robinson for his first 100-yard game at Texas

Posted November 9th, 2020

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When it handed out its weekly award on Monday, the Big 12 did not forget about Texas freshman running back Bijan Robinson.

Robinson has been named the Big 12’s newcomer of the week. A first-time recipient of this award, Robinson was honored for his efforts in Saturday’s 17-13 win over West Virginia.

With Keaontay Ingram sidelined with an ankle injury, Robinson starred against the Big 12’s top rushing defense. Robinson’s 12 carries turned into 113 yards. He picked up 54 of those yards on the game’s first snap.  Robinson also had a 35-yard reception that set up two game-ending kneel downs.

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Robinson is responsible for one of UT’s two 100-yard performances this season. (Quarterback Sam Ehlinger ran for 112 yards against Oklahoma last month, but 43 of those yards were recorded over the four overtime periods.) Robinson’s 294 rushing yards lead all of UT’s running backs. The five-star freshman is still looking for his first collegiate touchdown, but he is averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

The next game on the schedule for No. 21 Texas (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) is a trip to Kansas (0-7, 0-6) on Nov. 21. The Jayhawks are allowing a conference-worst 213.7 rushing yards per game.

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