4. It’s best to convert Roschon Johnson back to quarterback after this season
The ground game was nonexistent for Texas football in this game. That was largely thanks to the efforts of head coach Matt Campbell and defensive coordinator Jon Heacock in shutting down what is a usually stout Texas rushing attack.
The quarterback was the leading rusher in this game for the Longhorns. And he only racked up 27 rushing yards one 12 tries. The ground game as a whole for the Longhorns racked up barely over 50 rushing yards, averaging just over two yards per carry. That’s just not enough to get it done on the road against a stout Iowa State team on both sides of the ball.
The more efficient of the two running backs in this game for the Longhorns was true freshman converted quarterback Roschon Johnson. He had six carries for 18 rushing yards on the day. Sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram racked up a measly nine rushing yards on eight attempts. Coming off the game he did against Kansas State, it looked like Ingram was primed for a big day against Iowa State.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
What Texas needed to do here was turn to the passing game earlier than they did. That can fall on the shoulders of Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck.
However, another lesson that could be learned from this game is the fact that it might be time to move Roschon back to quarterback when this season is over. There is still a lack of awareness on passing plays for him, and he hasn’t made a whole lot of progress as the season moved along.