The Texas Longhorns may have lost for the second time this season in Week 6, falling to Oklahoma, 55-48, in the Red River Showdown, but it wasn’t all bad news for running back Bijan Robinson, who had yet another excellent performance.
Robinson took 20 carries for 137 rushing yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma, and with that performance he pushed his name into the Heisman Trophy conversation — despite the loss. After Week 6, Robinson was tabbed by oddsmakers as the fifth-favorite to win the Heisman, priced at +1400 and trailing only Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker.
Robinson’s performance Saturday was just another day at the office for the Texas star, who has now rushed for 789 yards on 125 carries — good for an average of 6.3 yards per carry — along with eight rushing touchdowns. Additionally, he has 11 receptions for 169 receiving yards and two more touchdowns.
Texas took to Twitter on Tuesday to shed light on some of Robinson’s accomplishments to-date, and though his resume should speak for itself, the Heisman hopeful has accomplished more than those stats alone through three weeks. He’s made a splash at the conference level, ranking first in the Big 12 in rushing yards and first in the Big 12 in rushing touchdowns; but perhaps more impressively, he has a significant footprint on the national level, too. Robinson currently ranks first in the country in missed tackles forced, third in the country in overall rushing yards and fifth in the country in total touchdowns.
Ultimately, Texas fell just short despite a significant first-half lead against Oklahoma thanks in part to the Texas defense, which couldn’t stop Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams — in the air or on the ground. Williams relieved Rattler and completed 16 of 25 passing attempts for 212 passing yards and two touchdowns, but perhaps more impressively — or more embarrassing for Texas — he ran for 88 yards and a touchdown on just four carries. If not for Kennedy Brooks’ monster, 217-yard, two-touchdown game, Williams would’ve been the Sooners’ leading rusher. But that didn’t undermine what Robinson accomplished on the other side for Texas.
“I do think he’s a complete player,” Sarkisian said of Robinson. “He’s got the route running, the ball skills as a receiver, all those things. And the thing that makes Bijan so unique is the person that he is. He’s an unbelievable human being. He’s a great teammate. He loves his teammates, and I think they love him, and you can see it in the way they play for one another.”