But Heupel then went back to the air, and Bell threw his second interception of the game a few plays later. Texas responded with a nine-play, 70-yard touchdown drive that essentially put the game out of reach.
“There are a lot of things you want to get to over the course of a ball game,” Heupel said. “We tried to get to some of it.”
Texas' defense had been particularly susceptible to mobile quarterbacks throughout its first five games this season. Opposing quarterbacks averaged 104 rushing yards per game against the Longhorns before Saturday, and Bell had demonstrated the ability to be effective with his legs.
“We saw a lot (of quarterback runs) when they played TCU,” said Texas senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat. “(Bell) didn't run as much, and that was fine with us.”
Bell completed only 12 of his 26 pass attempts Saturday for 133 yards with no touchdowns and the two interceptions.
“That's the coaches' decision,” said freshman running back Keith Ford, who finished with a team-high 34 yards rushing on six carries.
“If they wanna pass the ball, they can pass it. If they wanna run it, they can run it. I really don't know what they're thinking most of the time.”