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AUSTIN, Texas — The San Jose State Spartans were blown out by the Texas Longhorns 56-0 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Just hours before the Week 2 kickoff, San Jose State received some big news as Texas quarterback Shane Buechele was ruled out for Saturday’s game. Freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger started in place of Buechele. Moreover, Jerrod Heard served as Ehlinger’s backup.
Last week was a game that could’ve been easily predicted, but San Jose State benefitted from the signal-calling abilities of quarterback Montel Aaron, who also started in Saturday’s game.
This was the first contest between these two teams all-time and they most definitely got their game faces on.
The Spartans won the toss and stopped the Longhorns on the third down before starting the procession on the 25. San Jose State had a huge punt, which led Texas to start on their own 12. The punt then found its way into the end zone, so SJSU took over on their own 20 and UT took over on their own 43, respectively.
The Longhorns got on the board with a nine-yard touchdown by Heard. The PAT kick by Joshua Rowland was good. They took a 7-0 lead with 2:56 left in the first quarter.
The Longhorns led the Spartans 7-0 after the first quarter.
Following a 15 yard face mask, the Longhorns set them up with a lengthy second and 24. The Spartans took a timeout. Then, Chris Warren III—who returned to the field last Saturday against the Maryland Terrapins—scored a 41-yard touchdown. Rowland’s PAT kick made it 14-0 Texas at 12:28 of the second quarter.
The Spartans began moving the chains into Longhorns’ territory. Bailey Gaither ran out a big-time 39-yard kick return. However, San Jose State fell short on the fourth down and Texas took over on their own 10 with 9:40 left in the quarter.
The Longhorns called a fair catch on their own 23 after the Spartans were stopped on the third down. A Texas first down was under review, but it was overturned. As a result, UT got a second down, but there was a twist—a second review came up. The officials confirmed the ruling on a completed pass.
The Longhorns extended their lead to 21-0 with just 16 seconds left in the quarter. Heard ran over a Spartans left guard for a three-yard touchdown and Rowland had a successful PAT kick.
The Longhorns built a commanding 21-0 halftime lead over the Spartans.
The Spartans received the opening kick to start the second half. They were on the 22 yard line, but were unable to convert on the third down, so they punt the team out. The Longhorns took over on their own eight after a 52-yard punt and an illegal block call.
The Longhorns continued to add onto their lead, 28-0, when Kyle Porter found the end zone for a three-yard touchdown with 6:48 left in the third quarter. Rowland kicked the PAT for the extra point.
Holton Hill picked off a pass from Aaron and returned it for 45 yards for a touchdown, extending the Longhorns’ lead to 35-0 with just 48 seconds left in the quarter. Rowland got the extra point.
The Longhorns were up 35-0 after three quarters.
The Spartans were stopped on the third down to open up the fourth quarter. Shortly after, a 41-yard punt landed on the Longhorns’ 33. Warren III expanded the Texas lead to 42-0 at 13:10 with a nine-yard touchdown after a four-play, 67-yard drive. Rowland was good with the PAT kick. Armanti Foreman followed by scoring on a one-yard touchdown pass from Ehlinger for a 49-0 lead at 12:08. Rowland was again good with an important PAT kick.
As if the hefty lead wasn’t enough, Toneil Carter rushed for a four-yard touchdown, putting Texas up 56-0 with 2:46 left in the quarter. Once again, Rowland added a PAT kick for an extra point.
The Spartans put in Sam Allen at the quarterback position, but the decision didn’t help at all. San Jose State lost 56-0 to Texas in their first road game of the season.
The Spartans head to Rice-Eccles Stadium to take on the Utah Utes next Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m. MDT on ESPN2.