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Texas Longhorns Beat Rice 34-9 in Football Season Opener

Longhorn Mike Davis on the run as the Texas Longhorns defeated Rice Saturday night 34-9. Photo courtesy of University of Texas at Austin athletics.

Texas Longhorn football fans breathed a sigh of relief- a least for this week- as the 'Horns beat the Rice Owls 34-9 in the seasoner opener. Those who follow the Longhorns weren't sure what to expect tonight, with a revamped coaching staff, depth chart, and attitude, coming off last year's disappointing 5-7 season.

Starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert was 13 of  23 for 239 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Freshman David Ash also saw some playing time at quarterback throughout the game. Coach Mack Brown put sophomore Case McCoy in at QB for the last few minutes of the game. Click here to read coverage from the Austin-American Statesman of some of the Longhorns' trick plays on offense tonight.

The Horns host BYU next Saturday night. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m. at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Cougars squeaked by Ole Miss Saturday night 14-13.

Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on Twitter @jenstayton.