Let me start off by saying, yes I know it was Rice, but Texas finally did what they should do to an overmatched opponent. The offense rolled start to finish on the way to their highest offensive output of the season.
First though is the bad. Jamaal Charles fumbled on his first carry right into the arms of a Rice defender, and had me thinking about that fateful night in Houston in 1994. Defense held and forced a long field goal which was missed, and the #7 Longhorns never looked back.
Colt Mccoy reminded Longhorn fans just how good he could be going 20/29 333 3tds and most importantly, NO INTERCEPTIONS!!! True freshman John Chiles came in midway through the third, and although he did not complete a pass,0/2 (one was dropped), he did show brilliance with his running carrying the ball 9 times for 72 yards. Chiles showed flashes of Vince Young with his running style, and actually looked a little faster to the corners. Now, I do not want to get ahead of myself and start screaming Vince relived, but should Mccoy go down Longhorn fans have something to be excited in Chiles.
After fumbling on his first carry Jamaal Charles had 13 more carries for 72 yards and 3 touchdowns to go with them. Redshirt freshman Vondrell Mcgee finally saw some playing and showed Charles what is behind him should he continue with his turnover bug, rushing 8 times for 80 yards and a touchdown of his own. Charles' streak of 100 yard games ended at three going back to the start of the season.
Five Texas receivers caught passes with Limas Sweed leading the way with 5 grabs for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He would have had a third but for some reason he ran to close to the sideline and step out at the Rice 2 yard line which led to a Charles TD run on the next play.
The Texas defense looked good giving up 268 total yards, but with 154 of them coming after the first string was out. This also included holding Rice who averages around 100 yard on the ground to -11 yards rushing and picking off two passes.
Again, let me reiterate, I know it was just Rice, but it was just Arkansas St. and just UCF earlier in the season as well. It was good to finally see the offense reach its potential. Kansas State will be a good game to gage how good the Longhorns really are with Oklahoma being the first real test the following week.