The No. 23 Cajuns had their sights set on shocking the world with an upset, but No. 21 Texas had other plans. The Longhorns dominated the game in third-down efficiency and would win, 38-18.
UL would take a 3-0 lead in the first quarter after a Kenneth Almendares 37-yard field goal.
The Longhorns responded with an 11-play; 70-yard drive capped off by a Bijan Robinson 18-yard touchdown reception to give Texas a 7-3 lead.
Texas found the end zone again in the second quarter after Hudson Card connected on a six-yard pass to Cade Brewer, extending their lead to 14-3.
Almendares would connect on a 48-yard field goal, his second made, to make the score 14-6 heading into halftime.
In the third quarter, Texas’ Robinson would score his fifth career rushing touchdown to extend the Longhorns’ lead to 21-6.
The Cajuns quickly responded as running back Chris Smith scored UL’s first touchdown on a 27-yard run, cutting Texas’ lead to 21-12. Smith finished with 54 yards rushing and that score.
Card scored on a three-yard zone read with 2:43 left in the quarter, making Texas’ lead 28-12. Card finished with 224 passing yards and three total touchdowns.
To start the fourth, Longhorns’ quarterback Casey Thompson entered the game and found Jordan Whittington for a 14-yard score to extend the lead to 35-12.
UL would score one final time when Levi Lewis connected with Kyren Lacy on a 19-yard score to make it 35-18.
Lewis finished with 282 passing yards and that lone touchdown while completing 70% of his passes.
UL (0-1) will face Nicholls State on Sept. 11 at Cajun Field. The game will kick off at 6:00 p.m.
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