AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas started its Big 12 schedule by scoring its most points in more than a decade. The Longhorns offense did anything and everything it wanted to do in a 70-35 rout of Texas Tech at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The Texas box score is stuffed with standout performances. Quarterback Casey Thompson completed 18 of his 23 passes for five touchdowns and 303 passing yards. Bijan Robinson had 191 total yards and a receiving touchdown.
Receiver Xavier Worthy had 100 yards and three touchdowns. Roschon Johnson added two touchdowns and Jordan Whittington added 93 receiving yards with a score.
The Longhorns defense was shaky in the second half, but provided some explosive plays. Josh Thompson returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown to spark the blowout in the second quarter.
Next, the Longhorns (3-1) travel to Fort Worth for a showdown with TCU.
Check out this live blog for news and notes from the Longhorns’ dominant win.
70-BURGER: The Longhorns score 70 for the first time since the 2005 Big 12 Championship game against Colorado.
Score: Texas leads 70-28
TD: The Texas offense isn’t phased.
Xavier Worthy has 100-yard receiving day after a 62-yard touchdown. That’s three touchdowns for Worthy and five for Thompson.
Likely the end of the day for Thompson with Texas in control near the end of the third quarter.
SCORE: Texas leads 63-28
DEFENSE?: As great as the day has been for the Longhorns, the secondary is getting torched in the third quarter. Colombi connects deep on back-to-back possessions for two QUICK Red Raiders touchdowns. Four total plays is all it took.
NEW STREAK: Thompson and the Longhorns offense is back to its touchdown ways. Xavier Worthy scores his second receiving touchdown of the day from three yards out.
The Longhorns have scored touchdowns on seven of eight drives against the Red Raiders.
Robinson has 191 total yards and a touchdown. Thompson has 232 yards and four passing touchdowns.
SPECIAL TEAMS AND SCORE: D’Shawn Jamison returns the punt 43 yards to the Tech 7. Jordan Whittington is on the board with a jet sweep – pop pass for five yards.
SCORE: Texas leads 49-14
SACK: Pete Kwitakowski showed an exotic look on third down with only two down linemen and rushed four. Bastrop product Alfred Collins gets home for the sack.
STREAK ENDS: Casey Thompson’s drive scoring streak ends at 12 after an ill-advised pass on third and long is intercepted by Tech in the end zone. Still an incredible achievement to score on 12 straight drives.
Thompson is 12 of 17 for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
INTERCEPTION: It’s Henry Colombi’s show for now as the Tech quarterback, but it’s Texas linebacker Luke Brockermeyer’s ball. Brockermeyer earns his first interception on third down after the ball was tipped on the pass. Texas is back in scoring position.
INJURY UPDATE: Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough is out for the second half with an injury, Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells said at halftime.
NAIL AT THE HALF?: Henry Colombi replaced Tyler Shough at QB and led Tech on a quick scoring drive, cutting the deficit to 35-14.
The 12th straight scoring drive for Casey Thompson. Texas smartly bled the clock during the final three minutes to prevent another chance for the Tech offense.
The Longhorns got all of the luck. Check out this third down conversion to get Texas into scoring position. Roschon Johnson capped off the drive with his second rushing touchdown of the game in the wildcat from seven yards out.
TOUCHDOWN THOMPSON: Casey Thompson has now led 10 straight scoring drives for the Longhorns. Xavier Worthy is on the board with a 23-yard receiving touchdown.
Thompson is 10-of-14 for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
SCORE: Texas leads 35-7
RED RAIDERS GAMBLE: And lose…Tech sensing they need a score to stay in the game went for it on 4th-and-4 near midfield. Shough lost his footing. Incomplete pass. Turnover on downs.
PICK-6: Josh Thompson blows this game wide open, picking Tyler Shough off at the 27-yard line and running free for the defensive touchdown.
This is Texas’ first interception for a touchdown since 2017.
SCORE: Texas leads 28-7
THOMPSON DELIVERS AGAIN: The Longhorns are now 2-for-2 on fourth down attempts, keeping its third drive alive and ending it with a touchdown. Texas has scored a touchdown on all three of its first half drives.
The junior quarterback pushed his way through the pile on a keeper for the touchdown.
SCORE: Texas leads 21-7
TECH TD: Tyler Shough capitalized on the second chance as the Red Raiders turned a punting possession into their first touchdown of the game. On 3rd-and-goal from the 6, Shough kept it for the touchdown.
SCORE: Texas leads 14-7
POSSIBLE MOMENTUM SWING: Texas thought this game was blown wide open after a blocked punt returned for a Longhorns touchdown and a 21-0 lead, but an offsides call canceled the play and gave Tech’s offense a second chance.
The Red Raiders opted to go for it, converting on 4th-and-2.
TD DRIVE: Casey Thompson is steering this offense with some efficiency. Thompson looks comfortable in the pocket, making all of the right moves on the first series of the game.
Thompson completed a 22-yard pass to Marcus Washington and picked up 16 yards on the ground before Roschon Johnson bounced into the end zone on a three-yard run. Total drive time — nine plays in just over three minutes.
SCORE: Texas leads 14-0
EHLINGER ENDORSEMENT: Robinson’s former quarterback Sam Ehlinger has a strong endorsement for the running back.
FOURTH DOWN PERFECTION: With Texas facing 4th-and-4 from the Texas Tech 39-yard line, Bijan Robinson converted and scored the first touchdown of the game. Robinson came out of the backfield uncovered for an easy pitch and catch for the first down. The sophomore running back did the rest to score, juking two defenders out of their shoes and outrunning two more for the touchdown.
SCORE: Texas leads 7-0
Coin Toss: Texas Tech won the toss and deferred its option to the second half. The Longhorns offense will start first.
Pregame: Steve Sarkisian took his customary stroll around the field about two hours before kickoff Saturday morning.