Dallas (AP) – Casey Thompson passed for 170 yards and 4 touchdowns without any. 24 Texas transformed an injuries to senior quarterback Mike Ehlinger and beat Colorado 55-23 inside the Valero Alamo Bowl on Tuesday night.
Newcomer running back Bijan Robinson had 183 yards on 10 carries getting a TD for Texas (7-3).
The Longhorns are undefeated in five bowl games under Tom Herman.
Ehlinger missed the second half after sustaining a shoulder injuries inside the second quarter. He returned for the field inside the third quarter in warmups, along with his right arm in the sling. There had not been immediate word round the extent of Ehlinger’s injuries.
Ehlinger performed the entire first half, finishing 10-of-16 passes for 160 yards plus a score.
Colorado was playing its sixth bet on year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 initially canceled its season only to reverse decision and delay the start until November. 7.
The Buffaloes (4-2) had two games canceled due to virus issues, but competed inside the Alamo Bowl despite neglecting to offer the standard six win threshold required for that postseason because of this season’s unusual conditions.
The Longhorns came out more polished throughout, striking quickly to start both halves.
Fueled having 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 looking for an 8-yard TD run with 12:51 left inside the opening quarter.
Robinson scored again two possessions later, catching a 14-yard pass from Ehlinger with 5:28 surviving in the initial.
The Longhorns didn’t return without Ehlinger.
Thompson started the second half rather of Ehlinger and introduced Texas with a touchdown on its opening possession. Thompson completed a 13-yard scoring pass to Moore just 37 seconds to the third for just about any 24-10 advantage.
Thompson completed 8 of 10 passes inside the victory.
He added a 25-yard touchdown pass to Moore, a 23-yarder to Robinson plus a 73-yarder to Kelvontay Dixon.
Texas’ Cameron Dicker set an Alamo Bowl record getting a 53-yard field goal late inside the first half that extended the Longhorns’ lead to 17-7.
Colorado’s only sustained drive in the first quarter brought for an interception when Mike Noyer put in several four defenders. Linebacker DeMarvion Overshown had his second interception of the year, picking off Noyer within the Buffaloes’ 11-yard line.
Jarek Broussard rushed for 82 yards and a pair of touchdown on 27 carries for Colorado.
TAKEAWAYS: Colorado – Whatever the lopsided loss, Karl Dorrell’s tenure while using Buffaloes is away and off to a good beginning. Colorado went 3-one out of the Pac-12 under Dorrell, who signed a 5-year contract inside the offseason.
Texas – The Longhorns found a reliable replacement for Ehlinger in Thompson. The 6-ft-1 sophomore displayed his elusiveness, avoiding huge hurry at the beginning of the next quarter for just about any 22-yard run. Also, he proven his arm strength by tossing inside the defense for just about any 73-yard touchdown to Dixon inside the fourth.