DJ Monroe scores a TD against Ole Miss
The Longhorns let David Ash play quarterback without the safety net on Saturday and it paid dividends.
In the first two games of the season, offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin reined in David Ashe and focused on a running-centered attack. He decided to let the passing attack loose against the Rebels on Saturday night.
Boy, did it pay off as the Longhorns cruised to a 66-31 victory over Ole Miss.
Quarterback David Ash had a career night, throwing for four touchdowns and 326 yards on 19-23, both career highs. At one point, Ash had thrown 15 straight completions, scoring on touchdown throws of 3, 1, 45, and 56 yards.
"We finally took advantage of opportunities that have been there for two games," Ash said.
The Longhorns skill players were in full attack mode against Ole Miss. Olympian Marquise Goodwin had a dynamic effect on the offense, tallying 102 receiving yards and 80 rushing yards with a 55 yard touchdown reception and 69 yard touchdown run.
On the other side of the field, Mike Davis had an explosive game as well. He scored on a 46-yard catch and ended the game with 124 receiving yards. The Longhorns continued to run the ball successfully, totaling 350 yards on the ground and rushing for four touchdowns. However, Joe Bergeron left the field with the injury, which has yet to be determined.
"You go back to our best team in '05; we were 250 (yards) rushing and 250 passing and 50 points per game, and that's what you'd like to have," the Longhorns coach said. "Tonight was better than that, but in that ballpark is what we'd like to have."
The defense struggled at times against the Rebels passing attack. Although totaling three interceptions and five sacks, the Longhorns were plagued by a lack of discipline and bad tackling, which lead to several big plays by the Rebels. They gave up a 75-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncreif and a 48-yard touchdown run to Jeff Scott. Quarterback Bo Wallace finished the game with 178 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions, while his top target Moncreif finished with 144 yards and one touchdown.
"After every game you have concerns," Brown said. "But when you win 66-31 you have to be pleased."
With the Longhorns offensive explosion, the Longhorns have the potential to make a run up the polls. The next three games against Oklahoma St., West Virginia, and Oklahoma will likely determine the fate of the Longhorns season. If the defense can fix some very fundamental mistakes, Texas will be in good shape.