Here's my five quick thoughts following Texas' 56-7 win over New Mexico State.
It took awhile, but the Longhorns defeated the New Mexico State Aggies, 56-7, with two plays late in the first half and seperated themselves in the second half. Five things to take away from UT moving to 1-0 in 2013.
1) Texas shutout for the first 28:12 minutes of the game Saturday night. Then explodes for 28 in the next 6:21. Three first-half turnovers, one in the redzone didn't help matters, but the new uptempo offense looking for more plays was reduced to 28 snaps in 9:03, while NMSU held the ball for 20:57 in the first half. It looked as bad as it was.
2) Texas scored four touchdowns from 50+ yards tonight. They scored six in all of 2012. One of the staples of the uptempo style is wearing defenses down, and getting big plays from it. I'm not sure NMSU was wore down, but the Horns momentumn was obvious after the long scores.
3) Daje Johnson needs touches. Johnson had six touches for 99 yards in the first half, culminating on a 66-yard touchdown pass-and-catch from David Ash. There had been talk that Johnson was the best player on the Texas roster during two-a-days and fall camp. Those thoughts were reaffirmed tonight. His energy jump started the UT run. Jalen Overstreet's first game also showed this guy needs more snaps as well.
4) After a truly putrid start, Ash finally settled in late in the first half. A great 54-yard catch-and-run score by John Harris did wonders for Ash's confidence, and it was all with 1:48 left in the first half. With the GodzillaTron going out and the fans booing, it looked bad. Real bad. Ash came out in the second half and kept the UT mojo intact with a 55-yard TD run early in the third quarter. Ash had 434 of the Longhorns single-game all-time record 715 total yards.
5) Who's next for the Longhorns ?? After Week Two's opponent, BYU, lost today to Virginia, you have to like UT's chances in Provo. The Cougars will come out with something to prove and Texas has to avoid the same pitfalls of their first half against NMSU.