AUSTIN, Texas -- A look at the positives and negatives from Texas’ 45-0 win over New Mexico.
1. Goose eggs: Not only did Texas get the shutout, it did not allow the New Mexico offense into the redzone. This marks the third time in three games that Texas has shutout the Lobos. Texas has 11 shutouts in Mack Brown’s 15 years.
2. Conservative QB: Texas quarterback David Ash has now gone three starts without an interception. That’s after throwing six interceptions in his first five starts. Texas is 3-0 in Ash’s last three starts and has four touchdown passes, a touchdown catch as well as a touchdown run.
3. Explosive players: The Longhorns have discovered a player who allows them to stretch the field. Freshman Daje Johnson took a shovel pass 45 yards for a touchdown against New Mexico. Johnson touched the ball four times and had 70 yards.
1. Another slow start: The Texas defense was once again sloppy in the first half. Although the defense did not allow a score, New Mexico had 112 yards and no negative plays on its first three drives. The Lobos averaged 10 plays per drive. In their last seven drives, the Lobos only had 84 yards.
2. Big plays: Texas wanted to create explosive plays in the passing game but quarterback David Ash was relegated to checking the ball down, throwing screens or comeback routes. Ash only completed one pass that traveled 20 yards in the air.
3. Kicking woes: Freshman Nick Jordan missed a 45-yard field goal and was replaced by Nick Rose. Jordan has missed three field goals in the first two games. Texas expects Anthony Fera to assume the kicking job when he is healthy.