AUSTIN (KXAN): It’s Casey Thompson’s time as Texas Longhorns starting quarterback. Head coach Steve Sarkisian handed Thompson the keys to the offense after Texas lost 40-21 to Arkansas.
Texas closes the non-conference portion of the schedule against Rice Saturday night at the Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. This opportunity for Thompson to take over the quarterback before the Big 12 program begins.
This is Thompson’s first start since November 2017: his high school season in Oklahoma City.
Texas has won 14 straight against Rice and holds an overall record of the 73-21-1 series against the Owls. The Longhorns defeated Rice 48-13 in 2019 at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
Follow this live blog for news and notes as the Longhorns take Rice.
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FIRST TD capture: First-year Xavier Worthy is on the board of his Longhorn career with a 13-yard touchdown. It’s the Californian’s first college touchdown. Thompson’s second touchdown of the night.
The drive started after Jerrin Thompson forced a bang, getting his head on the ball to let it go. Josh Thompson recovered for the Longhorns shortstop.
SCORE: Texas leads 44-0
THOMPSON ON THE BOARD: Casey Thompson throws his first touchdown pass of the night, hitting Jared Wiley for a 20-yard touchdown. Wiley has just reported injuries and enters the mix to get a score.
SCORE: Texas leads 37-0
BIJAN PT. 3: As in three touchdowns for the second year of Longhorns. This goes for 62 yards and the fourth touchdown of the night for the Longhorns. Robinson has 114 yards on 11 runs and three touchdowns.
SCORE: Texas wins 30-0
BIJAN PT. 2: Bijan Robinson finished with an effective Texas score with an 8-yard touchdown test. His second of the game and fourth of the season.
SCORE: Texas wins 23-0
SAFETY DANCE: Texas Longhorns runners are doing all the wrong on the scoreboard. In a rice field, Keilan Robinson came out clean from the edge to block the ball. The ball bounced 25 yards from the back of the end zone to ensure safety.
SCORE: Texas wins 16-0
ROSCHON JOHNSON: The Longhorns run home for a 72-yard touchdown. Johnson grabbed the direct prey, giving a huge hole to the right side to free himself.
SCORE: Texas wins 14-0
DEFENSIVE STAND: Rice moved the ball into the Texas defensive field immediately after the rotation until the Owls reached the red zone. Longhorns’s defense stayed on the 6-yard line and Rice MISSED the field goal.
TEXAS O-LINE ISSUES: Thompson tried to air it deeply, but was hit on the pitch that ended the Longhorns ’second possession after a play. Rice was able to easily intercept the pass for Thompson’s first turnover.
The offensive line could not give Thompson enough time to let the play unfold.
THOMPSON FIRST SERIES: Sarkisian started Thompson with an easy first finish. A throw-in to Xavier Worthy behind the fighting line. Thompson was tried, completing a 31-yard pass to Worthy to make it to the fourth downhill.
Bijan Robinson scored his third touchdown of the season in a 6-yard run for the Longhorns lead. Robinson had four 27-yard runs in the first unit. Digne took three steps for 37 yards.
SCORE: Texas wins 7-0
Home: Rice won the coin toss and deferred his option in the second half. The Longhorns will start the game on offense.
Preliminary: Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian took a weekly field trip about two hours before the pitch against Rice.