Bijan Robinson’s breakout game helps Texas shake UTSA

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ best defense for the magic show being put on by the UTSA quarterback Frank Harris was the Longhorns’ offense keeping the ball on the ground — specifically giving the ball to Bijan Robinson.

Robinson had a breakout game when the Longhorns needed it most — helping Texas erase a 17-7 deficit to pull away for a 41-20 victory over a feisty UTSA team Saturday night.

The Longhorns (2-1) will begin Big 12 play next week at Texas Tech (2-1), which lost at No. 16 NC State 27-14 on Saturday.

Robinson broke 100 yards rushing for the first time this season in a big way – finishing with 20 carries for 183 yards and touchdown runs of 3, 78 and 41 yards.

The Longhorns’ defense, which finished the game without a star linebacker DeMarvion Overshownwho was ejected with 13:49 left for targeting (and will miss the first half of Texas’ Big 12 opener next week at Texas Tech unless UT wins an appeal with the league), provided a key touchdown on a 41-yard interception return town Jahdae Barron. Barron’s pick-six broke open a tight game and gave Texas a 31-20 lead with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

UTSA coach Jeff Traylor had an aggressive game plan that his Roadrunners — especially Frank Harris — executed perfectly in building a 17-7 lead, including an onside kick that led to a double-pass touchdown two plays later.

The Longhorns had to figure out a way to stop Harris, who finished the first half 12-of-15 passing for 115 yards while converting 5-of-7 third downs.

The answer was running the ball.

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