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Texas 41, Texas-San Antonio 20

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas - Bijan Robinson ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns, Jahdae Barron returned an interception 44 yards for a score in the third quarter and No. 21 Texas beat UTSA 41-20.

Texas trailed 17-7 in the second quarter then rallied to tie it by halftime. Robinson's 78-yard touchdown run gave Texas the lead, and Barron's interception return put the Longhorns up by 11 to snuff the Roadrunners' bid for an upset that would have been the biggest win in the history of a rising program that has only been playing football since 2011.

Hudson Card got the start at quarterback for Texas (2-1) in place of the injured Quinn Ewers. Card had his own struggles with an ankle sprain during the week and wasn't announced as the starter until game time. He still finished with 161 yards passing and even scampered for a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Texas jumped into the national rankings on the strength of its close loss a week earlier to then-No. 1 Alabama, but found itself quickly down by 10 as UTSA (1-2) followed a surprise onside kick with a trick play touchdown pass to Zakhari Franklin.

Texas eventually wore down the Roadrunners, last season's C-USA champions behind a rushing attack that rolled up 298 yards. Robinson put the game out of reach with a 41-yard touchdown run with 9:36 left that made it 38-20.

THE TAKEAWAY

UTSA: Quarterback Frank Harris was frustrating Texas with his ability to elude a steady pass rush, find the creases in coverage and keep the drives moving with his legs. Then one misfired pass swung the game when Harris floated a short pass that was tipped right to Barron who had an open field for the interception return. Harris finished with 222 yards passing and 38 rushing.

Texas: Even when the Longhorns have questions at quarterback, having Robinson to rely on can deliver a lot of answers. He won't often have easy going behind an offensive line that starts two freshmen. But his ability to squirt through tight spaces, spin and launch into breakaway speed make him a constant threat.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter Tx-SATex
Tx-SA FG 3:28 Jared Sackett 24 yard field goal 3 0
Second Quarter Tx-SATex
Tex TD 14:03 Roschon Johnson 11 yard TD pass from Hudson Card (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 3 7
Tx-SA TD 10:07 Brenden Brady 2 yard TD run (Jared Sackett Extra Point) 10 7
Tx-SA TD 9:36 Zakhari Franklin 35 yard TD pass from Brenden Brady (Jared Sackett Extra Point) 17 7
Tex TD 5:20 Bijan Robinson 3 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 17 14
Tex FG 0:12 Bert Auburn 44 yard field goal 17 17
Third Quarter Tx-SATex
Tex TD 11:56 Bijan Robinson 78 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 17 24
Tx-SA FG 3:21 Jared Sackett 30 yard field goal 20 24
Tex TD 0:18 Jahdae Barron 43 yard interception return for TD (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 20 31
Fourth Quarter Tx-SATex
Tex TD 9:36 Bijan Robinson 41 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 20 38
Tex FG 4:59 Bert Auburn 26 yard field goal 20 41
Team Stats
  UTSA Texas
First downs 30 22
  Rushing 11 13
  Passing 15 8
  Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Efficiency 10-17, 59% 5-11, 45%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 44-140 36-298
Passing Yards 269 161
Return Yards 30 69
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-40-1 15-23-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-7 0-0
Punts 4 3
Fumbles Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 10-45 9-88
UTSA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
F. Harris 24 35 222 0 1
B. Brady 1 1 35 1 0
E. Marburger 1 4 12 0 0
Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Card 15 23 161 1 0
UTSA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Brady 21 70 3.3 1
F. Harris 11 38 3.5 0
E. Marburger 3 12 4.0 0
T. Edwards 4 11 2.8 0
K. Barnes 3 8 2.7 0
O. Cardenas 1 2 2.0 0
J. Williams 1 -1 -1.0 0
Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Robinson 20 183 9.2 3
R. Johnson 11 81 7.4 0
H. Card 2 35 17.5 0
K. Robinson 2 0 0.0 0
UTSA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Z. Franklin 6 84 14.0 1
J. Cephus 7 80 11.4 0
D. Clark 5 40 8.0 0
O. Cardenas 3 28 9.3 0
D. Dishman 2 22 11.0 0
B. Brady 2 15 7.5 0
K. Barnes 1 0 0.0
0
Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Whittington 4 56 14.0 0
X. Worthy 4 41 10.3 0
R. Johnson 3 23 7.7 1
B. Robinson 1 19 19.0 0
K. Robinson 1 10 10.0 0
C. Cain 1 7 7.0 0
J. Sanders 1 5 5.0 0
UTSA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Barron 1 43
UTSA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Dean 4 172 43.0
Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Trejo 3 137 45.7
UTSA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Cephus 1 0 0
Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UTSA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Clark 2 30 15.0
Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Robinson 1 26 26.0
UTSA Missed FG
Player Length
Texas Missed FG
Player Length




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