Austin, Texas — For several years, Texas lacked a power back who could pound defenses into submission. Now the Longhorns seem to have them everywhere.
Freshman Joe Bergeron ran for 191 yards and scored three touchdowns Saturday, leading a 52-20 rout of Texas Tech that saw Texas rush for more than 400 yards for the second week in a row.
Bergeron scored on runs of 9, 5 and 12 yards and Fozzy Whittaker ran for Texas’ first two touchdowns in the second quarter.
The Longhorns (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) are now bowl-eligible after missing the postseason last year for the first time since 1997.
Bergeron, who had never carried the ball more than 13 times in a game this season, had 29 against the Red Raiders because Texas held out leading rusher Malcolm Brown, another freshman, because of a sore toe.
Bergeron ran for 191 yards Saturday, the second game in a row that he topped 100 yards.