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Horns handle No. 17 Horned Frogs, 31-16

Collin Johnson vs TCU. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN, Tx — In its last two home games, Texas went into halftime against ranked opponents in a close game where the second half would determine the outcome. And on both occasions, UT (3-1, 1-0) earned decisive victories, only this time it opened Big 12 play and ended a four-game skid against the TCU Horned Frogs.

Limiting Robinson large part of stopping Horned Frog offense

Todd Orlando (Will Gallagher/IT)

Both starting quarterbacks in Saturday’s matchup between Texas and TCU are making their first career starts against their opponent. Texas’ Sam Ehlinger missed last year’s game in Fort Worth due to injury, while TCU’s Shawn Robinson was behind Kenny Hill on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean the Longhorns don’t know what Robinson is capable of doing in TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s offense.

Without Ingram, strong performance required from Watson

Tre Watson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas head coach Tom Herman might just repeat that “winning is hard” until he’s doing something other than serving as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. In the short term, defeating a No. 22 USC Trojans team in Austin will be no easy task. It will be even more difficult with one of his star freshmen rushers “probably doubtful.” As a result, a heavy rushing burden will rest upon someone playing just his third game in burnt orange, graduate transfer Tre Watson.

Sixty-minute effort needed against Tulsa for Longhorns in 28-21 victory

Keaontay Ingram (Will Gallagher/IT)

Three rushers with more than 50 yards, two total rushing touchdowns, and 241 total yards on the ground at 5.1 yards per carry? Check. 21-of-27 passing with no interceptions for 237 yards and 8.8 yards per attempt? Check. Out-gaining the opponent, winning the turnover margin, and having the opponent miss all three of its field goal attempts? Winning the time of possession battle by nearly nine minutes? Check and check.

Texas doing all that and the result being a 28-21 win over Tulsa? Check?