The University of Texas Longhorns football team opened the football season off with an impressive win over the New Mexico State Aggies 56-7. David Ash was very impressive in his season debut. Ash threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns and No. 15 Texas set a school record with 715 total offensive yards.
Led by Ash, the Longhorns (1-0) scored on five straight possessions after falling behind 7-0, averaging 54.6 yards per play on the five touchdowns. Ash hit John Harris for a 54-yard touchdown for the first of the five successive scores, and plays of 66 yards (Ash to Daje Johnson), 24 yards (Johnson run), 55 yards (Ash run) and 74 yards (Ash to Malcolm Brown) followed.
The Longhorns will face a much improved BYU Cougars in Provo, UT at 6 pm CST. The game will be televised on ESPN-2. The Cougars are coming into the game after a 19-16 road loss to the University of Virginia. The Cougars had the lead late in the game, but UVA scored a touchdown with 2:36 left to seal the win.
The Longhorns and Cougars last met in 2011, when BYU travel to Austin, Texas to play. The Longhorns won that game 17-16 in a defensive struggle. During that season David Ash was in a heated quarterback competition with the current backup Case McCoy.
Ash has solidified himself as the number one quarterback of the longhorns. Ash has many weapons to use at his disposal. Malcom Brown, Mike Davis and Daje Johnson has been ash go to wide receivers. The rushing attack has been balanced. Johnathan Gray is returning from an injury last season and Jaylen Overstreet has been the featured running backs so far this season.
The Cougars are led by sophomore running back Jamal Williams. Williams rushed for 144 yards on 33 attempts against Virginia. Sophomore quarterback Taysom Hill is still searching for his rhythm. The Cougars defense will be tested early and often this season. The Cougars’ defense only allowed 223 total yards to Virginia, but they were not able to stop them on their final scoring drive of the game.
The Longhorns enters the game as the No. 15 ranked team by USA Today and the Associated Press poll. This is a very important game for the Longhorns as they begin Big 12 play in a few weeks. The Longhorns will return to Austin, Texas next week to play the Ole Miss Rebels. The BYU Cougars will have a bye before returning in two weeks to play Utah.
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