Dallas (AP) – Casey Thompson passed for 170 yards and 4 touchdowns with no. 24 Texas transformed an injuries to senior quarterback Mike Ehlinger and beat Colorado 55-23 within the Valero Alamo Bowl on Tuesday night.
Newcomer running back Bijan Robinson had 183 yards on 10 carries having a TD for Texas (7-3).
The Longhorns are undefeated in five bowl games under Tom Herman.
Ehlinger missed the 2nd half after sustaining a shoulder injuries within the second quarter. He came back towards the field within the third quarter in warmups, together with his right arm inside a sling. There wasn’t any immediate word around the extent of Ehlinger’s injuries.
Ehlinger performed the whole first half, finishing 10-of-16 passes for 160 yards along with a score.
Colorado was playing its sixth game of year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 initially canceled its season simply to turn back decision and delay the beginning until November. 7.
The Buffaloes (4-2) had two games canceled because of virus issues, but competed within the Alamo Bowl despite neglecting to achieve the standard six win threshold needed for that postseason for this reason season’s unusual conditions.
The Longhorns made an appearance more polished throughout, striking rapidly to spread out both halves.
Fueled with a 39-yard pass from Ehlinger to Joshua Moore, Texas drove 74 yards on four plays in 50 seconds on its opening possession. Robinson dove set for an 8-yard TD run with 12:51 left within the opening quarter.
Robinson scored again two possessions later, catching a 14-yard pass from Ehlinger with 5:28 residing in the very first.
The Longhorns didn’t move back without Ehlinger.
Thompson began the 2nd half instead of Ehlinger and brought Texas to some touchdown on its opening possession. Thompson completed a 13-yard scoring pass to Moore just 37 seconds in to the third for any 24-10 advantage.
Thompson completed 8 of 10 passes within the victory.
He added a 25-yard touchdown pass to Moore, a 23-yarder to Robinson along with a 73-yarder to Kelvontay Dixon.
Texas’ Cameron Dicker set an Alamo Bowl record having a 53-yard field goal late within the first half that extended the Longhorns’ result in 17-7.
Colorado’s only sustained drive from the first quarter led to an interception when Mike Noyer put into several four defenders. Linebacker DeMarvion Overshown had his second interception of year, picking off Noyer in the Buffaloes’ 11-yard line.
Jarek Broussard rushed for 82 yards and 2 touchdown on 27 carries for Colorado.
TAKEAWAYS: Colorado – Regardless of the lopsided loss, Karl Dorrell’s tenure using the Buffaloes is off and away to an excellent start. Colorado went 3-one in the Pac-12 under Dorrell, who signed a 5-year contract within the offseason.
Texas – The Longhorns found a competent substitute for Ehlinger in Thompson. The 6-feet-1 sophomore displayed his elusiveness, getting away huge hurry at the start of the 3rd quarter for any 22-yard run. Also, he shown his arm strength by tossing within the defense for any 73-yard touchdown to Dixon within the 4th.