No. 20 Texas blows out Colorado in Alamo Bowl
Bijan Robinson ran for 183 yards and a score and caught two touchdown passes to help No. 20 Texas to a dominating 55-23 win over Colorado on Tuesday in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
The win was marred by a right shoulder injury that forced Longhorns record-setting quarterback Sam Ehlinger out of the game for the second half. Ehlinger, a senior, passed for 160 yards and a touchdown in what is likely his final appearance for Texas.
Casey Thompson, Texas’ backup quarterback, threw four scoring passes — two to Joshua Moore, covering 13 and 25 yards in the third quarter, and a 23-yard strike to Robinson and a 73-yard bomb to Kelvontay Dixon in the fourth.
Thompson, who had four completions all season, ended up 8 for 10 for 170 yards before being lifted with 10 minutes to play. His four touchdown passes tied an Alamo Bowl record for a game.
The Longhorns, who outgained Colorado 638-378, have won bowl games in all four of coach Tom Herman’s years at the helm.
Texas (7-3) ended the year with victories in five of its final six games after losing to TCU and eventual Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma in back-to-back weeks in early October. The Longhorns’ three losses in the pandemic-influenced 2020 season were by a combined 13 points.
Colorado (4-2) was led by backup quarterback Brendon Lewis’ 168 total yards (95 passing and 73 and a touchdown on the ground) and Jarek Broussard’s 82 yards and two scores rushing.
The Buffaloes, the surprise team of the Pacific 12 Conference, lost their final two games.
Texas got an 8-yard touchdown run from Robinson to cap its first possession. Robinson added to the lead with a 14-yard screen pass touchdown from Ehlinger at the 5:28 mark of the first quarter, after his 50-yard run set the table two plays earlier.
Colorado pulled to within seven points via a determined fourth-down run for a 2-yard score by Broussard with 6:58 to play in the second quarter.
Cameron Dicker booted an Alamo Bowl record 53-yard field goal for the Longhorns with 2:07 remaining in the second quarter. The Buffaloes’ Evan Price responded with 40-yard field goal with 43 seconds left in the half.
Dicker added a 35-yard field goal with 3:33 to play in the third quarter, just before Broussard’s 3-yard touchdown run.
–Field Level Media