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Warren and Ehlinger lead Texas 56-0 win over San Jose State

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Chris Warren III ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns and freshman Sam Ehlinger got his first career start at quarterback as Texas beat San Jose State 56-0 Saturday to give coach Tom Herman his first win with the Longhorns.

Ehlinger started in place of injured Shane Buechele and passed for 222 yards. Jerrod Heard, a wide receiver and former starting quarterback, rotated with Ehlinger several times and scored on runs of 9 and 3 yards in the first half.

Warren's first touchdown came on a 41-yard burst off a direct snap in the second quarter. Defensive back Holton Hill scored his third touchdown in two games with an interception return for a score in the third.

The victory was a crucial turnaround for the Longhorns (1-1), who lost Herman's debut at home to Maryland a week earlier. After giving up 51 points in that loss, the Texas defense got its first shutout since 2014 and first at home since 2012.

THE TAKEAWAY

TEXAS: Herman likes to call Ehlinger an "alpha" and the freshman's burst with his legs gives the Texas offense a new wrinkle that's missing with Buechele. Ehlinger's passing has room for growth as he was 15-of-27 with several misfires and drops. All of it means Texas will face new quarterback questions about who to start - assuming Buechele is healthy enough to return - when the Longhorns next face Southern California.

San JOSE STATE: The Spartans (1-2) were overmatched, particularly at the line of scrimmage. The 250-pound Warren smashed through tackles and even hurdled over one for a first down in the first half. Freshman quarterback Montel Aaron also was victimized by several dropped passes in a game.

UP NEXT

TEXAS: travels to play Southern California on Sept. 16

SAN JOSE STATE: plays at Utah on Sept. 16

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