Saturday, September 17, 2011
Move away from Gilbert paying off for Horns
By ESPN.com staff
Today's matchup against UCLA at the Rose Bowl is the first game Garrett Gilbert hasn't started for Texas since January of 2010.
It's going well early.
The Longhorns went three-and-out on their first possession, but Carrington Byndom snagged an interception to get the ball back.
Three plays later, new co-starter Case McCoy hit a wide-open D.J. Grant for a 45-yard touchdown pass to go ahead, 7-0.
That's the fast start Texas needed after falling behind 13-0 to BYU last week in the first half while Gilbert struggled. It's a great sign for the future and beyond for the Horns, too. It's a big stage for McCoy, and he's looking unfazed so far.
Additionally, Malcolm Brown got the start for the Longhorns, and carried the ball on the first three plays, amassing nine yards before Texas punted.
Even more change and even more youth for a Texas offense that needed both coming into the season.