College Football Score
September 4, 2011 by staff
Freshman Jaxon Shipley caught a touchdown pass on a trick play and Fozzy Whittaker scored twice in the fourth quarter, the Longhorns shook a slow start to run at the end of a team the Longhorns have won 40 of the last 41 games.
Shipley, the younger brother of Texas career receptions leader Jordan Shipley, as the Longhorns ahead 20-9 in the third receiver on a pass from John Harris.
Garrett Gilbert passed for 239 yards, with 115 going to Mike Davis in the new offense of Texas in the first year coordinator Bryan Harsina. Coach Mack Brown revised his team after the Longhorns went 5-7 and missed a bowl in 2010, first in Texas losing season since 1997.
“We got the win, that’s what mattered most,” said Gilbert, who took most of the blame for the crisis Texas fans last season, including a 2-5 record at home.
“It was fun. When you win, it is always fun,” said Gilbert, who had to win a four-way battle to keep his job in training camp.
Texas last seen catching Jordan Shipley touchdown passes in the loss of Gilbert from Texas to Alabama in the BCS title game after the 2009 season. There was the name of Liliana is mentioned as one of the brightest stars of training camp this season and did not disappoint, wrestling the ball away from a defender for a touchdown that helped the Longhorns to break a close game.
The score was a pass back, where backup quarterback David Ash delivered to Whittaker, who threw the ball to Harris to find Shipley in the end zone. Shipley took the ball away from Paul Porras rice security in the finish line.
“The guy was right on me,” said Shipley. “When the ball was in the air just knew I had to make a move and luckily I did.”
Gilbert, who had 17 interceptions last season, had a turnover and showed a deft touch on his deep balls and 26 yards in the fourth quarter touchdown pass from Whittaker.
The Longhorns also announced a new Wildcat formation that kept the Owls off guard near the end zone, and a set of most difficult race that was capable of grinding to 229 yards. Freshman runner Malcolm Brown came in late and finished with a game-high 86 yards on 16 carries.
The defense under new coordinator Manny Diaz was solid, giving up 224 meters and keep the Owls in the end zone.
Moreover, all of which came against Rice, a Texas team who usually lines up for early season and impressive.
“It was a dominant victory, but that’s okay. We’re back on track,” said Texas linebacker Keenan Robinson.
The Longhorns offense showed it still has long way to go. Penalties, sacks and problems early end units touchdowns made it clear that the transition to Harsina after 13 seasons under former coordinator Greg Davis will take some getting used to.
Rice kept the game close through most of three quarters on the leg of Chris Boswell, which kicks-yard field goals of 42, 49 and 26. His last strip in the Owls 13-9 before Texas finally created a break with the Shipley touchdown.
Tyler Smith led the rice with 67 yards on 10 carries.
“We had the ball in the red zone two or three times and stayed with field goals. We’ll have to turn those into touchdowns, especially against a team like Texas, for a chance to win,” Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue said.
Gilbert Davis related to terminations 56 and 53 yards. The first set up a field goal in the first half. The second came during a 99-yard drive that ended with a career Whittaker 7 yards for a 27-9 advantage in Texas. Gilbert also scrambled 22 yards early in the game to create another field goal.
“I think he did a good job, threw a handful of yards, made some plays with his feet,” said Brown. “We’ve told Garrett does not have to win games by himself.”
Gilbert Rice fired twice on the first drive of the third, drawing a few boos from the crowd of 101,000 was still waiting to see Texas putting up a well-oiled offensive machine.
Texas responded with a drive 72 yards for his second touchdown on a pass from Harris to Shipley.
After scoring, Jordan Shipley is shown on the big screen scoreboard giving your little brother “hook ‘em horns” salute.
“Even in the summer workouts did not look like a freshman,” said senior tight end Blaine Irby for Liliana. “He came and I feel like I’m physically prepared for this and only shows today.”
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