New Mexico State vs. Texas: Live Grades and Analysis for the Longhorns

Zach SheltonFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2013

Sophomore Daje Johnson became a star with two breakaway touchdowns.
Sophomore Daje Johnson became a star with two breakaway touchdowns.Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns recovered from their poor start to put up a school record-setting 715 yards of total offense. David Ash and Daje Johnson each starred in the blowout

Texas 56, New Mexico State 7, Final

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Game analysis for the Texas Longhorns:

Passing Offense: Got to give credit to Ash for turning it around. Last season, he struggled with putting bad starts behind him, but he got it together tonight to put up over 450 total yards and account for five touchdowns. Mike Davis redeemed himself with a great tip-toe catch on a fade. Running back Malcolm Brown led the team with 104 yards on two catches.

Rushing Offense: This is exactly what the running game should look like. Gray, Johnson, Bergeron and Overstreet all had strong games. Ash took one 55 yards up the sideline for a touchdown, adding to his impressive aerial effort. Expect to see more of Overstreet in the future after he closed out the game with 92 yards and two touchdowns.

Passing Defense: Frustrating effort from the secondary, which allowed Aggie quarterback Andrew McDonald to complete 66 percent of his passes. Cedric Reed and Jackson Jeffcoat each dominated their matchups throughout the night.

Rushing Defense: Great overall effort from this group to hold the Aggies under three yards per carry. The front seven were too deep and talented for the NMSU front. Reed was phenomenal against the run all night.

Special Teams: Nice game from the special teams aside from a penalty-laden kickoff when the game was out of reach. They started the second half by recovering an onside kick to prevent New Mexico State from regaining any confidence. Dalton Santos' kick return was a turning point in the game.

Coaching: Hard to overlook that terrible start. That is an unacceptable way to start such a pivotal season against subpar competition. That said, the coaches got their guys motivated when they needed to, and then the rout was on. Daje Johnson looked like the best skill player on the team, and Texas recovered to set a school record with 715 yards of total offense. 

First-half analysis for the Texas Longhorns:

Passing Offense: David Ash looked awful, throwing two picks, but he helped himself with two late touchdowns. John Harris, Jaxon Shipley and Daje Johnson are the only receivers who have shown up.

Rushing Offense: Mostly good work from Johnson and Johnathan Gray. Would be better had Gray not been robbed of a possible touchdown by the officials.

Passing Defense: The two NMSU quarterbacks combined to throw only three career passes prior to this game. Way too easy for them so far. Mykkele Thompson looked like a freshman on the touchdown.

Rushing Defense: Looking okay aside from a big gain by the quarterback, Andrew McDonald. Cedric Reed and Jackson Jeffcoat are having their way with the Aggie tackles.

Special Teams: Best unit of the game in downing a 68-yard punt inside the one and almost blocking one on the other end. Dalton Santos looked angry on a kick return.

Coaching: Giving Johnson the ball has been their best decision of the night. Other than that, they are lucky to be ahead by a touchdown at the half.