The Longhorn offense dominated the Buffaloes, scoring 55 points, dropping 638 total yards (303 rushing, 335 passing), and averaging a spectacular 9.4 yards per play. All while playing three new OL starters, a backup QB in the second half, without their most experienced wide receiver, while also limiting Bijan Robinson to 12 total touches (that he turned into 220 total yards and three touchdowns).
The Longhorns destroyed the Buffs 55-23, a result that, much like Kansas State, suggests that Texas was capable of much more than their season results. Doing it down 1/3rd of their regular season starters is further proof of that point. This was a deeper, more talented Texas team than conventional wisdom - or apparently some Longhorn coaches - realized.
Glimpses of freshman running back Bijan Robinson’s ability were revealed in touches during the early portion of the Valero Alamo Bowl. First, a 27-yard rush, then an 8-yard touchdown run on the opening drive, then a 50-yard run followed by a 14-yard touchdown reception a few drives later.
Colorado wasn't a great team this season. The Pac-12 is really approaching a sad state of affairs these days. Last year's 10-win league runner-up was squashed by Texas. This year's 5-1 Colorado drew a Texas putting three new starters on the offensive line and still got smoked. Make no mistake, Colorado was quite bad this year despite their relative success in the Pac-12. Texas handled them like a Longhorn squad should handle an opponent of this caliber by burying them 55-23.