4 overreactions from Texas football’s gritty win over UTSA

Roschon Johnson, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports
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Roschon Johnson should get no fewer than 10 touches per game

While he was not the most productive running back in this game, senior Roschon Johnson was definitely one of the key factors that got the Longhorns over the hump against the Roadrunners. Roschon actually finished up Week 3 as the second-highest graded rusher in the Power Five, only behind Eric Gray of the Oklahoma Sooners.

According to Sports Reference, Texas now holds a record of 11-1 when Roschon gets at least 10 rushing attempts in a single game. The only loss for the Longhorns when Roschon touches the ball in the running game a double-digit number of times came against the West Virginia Mountaineers on the road last season.

And that loss to West Virginia was probably a winnable game for the Longhorns if not for the wave of injuries this team was suffering at that point in the season.

Yet, it’s clear that Texas tends to win more often than not when Roschon touches the ball a double-digit number of times. That was certainly the case in this win over UTSA. Roschon took 11 rushing attempts for 81 yards (7.4 yards per carry), with no rushing scores. Roschon did get in the end zone, though, on an 11-yard touchdown catch in the first half of this game.

This outing for Roschon was his best of the season so far. It was his first game to cross triple digits in terms of total yards from scrimmage. He was able to do this while taking multiple snaps as a slot receiver out of the backfield, at the quarterback position in the wildcat formation, and as a natural running back.

The versatility that Roschon brings to the table for the Longhorns has certainly come to the forefront of late. He should continue to be a big part of this offense, at the very least until Ewers returns from injury and/or Card gets back at or near full health.