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Texas Longhorns bounce back with dominant win against Rice Owls. Here's how the Longhorns look moving forward.

After dropping a heart-breaker to LSU, Texas responded in a strong manner in its first road game of the season.

HOUSTON, Texas — In situations such as the one put in front of the Texas Longhorns, it could be easy to fall into what some call a "trap game." 

Texas dropped a heartbreaking game at home to LSU, 45-38. The next opponent: Rice. A team that hasn't defeated the Longhorns since 1994 and lost to UT 41 of the last 42 matchups. 

Rice also entered the matchup 0-2 on the season, losing to Army and Wake Forest in the first two weeks. All signs indicated to what should be a convincing win for Texas, and the Longhorns did not disappoint. 

Texas looked very good on all sides of the football: offense, defense and even special teams. Sam Ehlinger picked apart Rice's defense, going 23-for-27 passing, 279 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in three quarters of play. 

Ehlinger led his team to a 38-0 lead before resting for the remainder of the night.

UT even scored on special teams as D'Shawn Jamison put the final stamp on the game with a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown with 53 seconds left in the game. 

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If there were a way you'd want a team to respond to a tough loss, this would be it. But how does this help the Longhorns moving forward? 

Texas can move onto next week with the LSU loss behind them, they responded with a dominant win on all sides of the football, and hopefully that can rekindle any lost swagger or confidence -- that's even saying if there was any lost in the first place. 

The Longhorns will return to Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium as they host the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who come off their third straight win of the season. The Cowboys will be 3-0 when they enter DKR, looking to knock off Texas as they did last season, 38-35.

Texas versus Oklahoma State will kick off at 6:30 pm on Saturday Sept. 21 on KVUE.  

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