Texas’ starters overcome rough start, beat backups 38-14 in annual Spring Game

Drew Lieberman

The Texas starters settled down after a rough start on both sides to handle the backups.

The spring game, also known as the Orange-White Scrimmage, is the only opportunity to take a look at the coming year's team before the Longhorns play their opening game against North Texas on Aug. 30. It was also the first time new head coach Charlie Strong put on the headsets at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in a public event.
Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes started in place of the injured David Ash, but had his first pass result in an interception. Swoopes overcame a slow start to finish with 229 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Senior running back Malcolm Brown eclipsed a total of 100 yards from scrimmage, including 20 carries for 82 yards, two receptions for 26 and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley led both sides with six receptions for 95 yards including a beautiful 44-yard grab for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Senior quarterback Miles Onyegbule led the second string to a touchdown on the game’s first drive on a bootleg run from a yard out. The starting defense then clamped down allowing less than 50 yards the remainder of the game before it was subbed out in the fourth quarter.
Senior safety Mykelle Thompson returned an Onyebule interception for 36 yards to tie the game at seven apiece, sparking a 38-0 run by the starters that wouldn’t be answered until there was less than 30 seconds to play in the game.
Defensive ends sophomore Caleb Blueitt and senior Cedric Reed paced their squads with two sacks apiece.