Texas fans and media react to a 16-3 first half lead against Rice

The Texas Longhorns have kicked off the season for 2023. The Texas offense was well below standard in the first half.

To start the game, Texas failed to secure a first down in the first series. Compounding the issue, Sarkisian went for it on fourth and two from his own 33-yard line only to fail to convert.

The Texas offensive line and overall pass protection was poor at best in early action. So, too, was blitz pickup from the Texas backfield. The running back unit will need to figure out how to put together a competent performance in its second game against Alabama.

Xavier Worthy, Jonathan Brooks and Jordan Whittington were seemingly the lone bright spots for the Longhorns on offense, but the defense did its job. Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski suffocated the Rice offense in the first quarter before the Owls got loose on a mesh crossing route. The fun stopped there for Rice.

Texas leads 16-3 at halftime. Here’s a look at how Texas faithful took in the game.

A Quinn Ewers underthrow

Texas is not sharp in Week 1

Jonathon Brooks drops a potential touchdown

Kwiatkowski dials it up with depth

Third down Ford INT

We're all making sense of the lineup

Laughing off the first half

Officiating crew steals from Worthy

Baxter breaks through

Shaking off rust?

Defensive front stepped up

Receivers not lending a helping hand

Defense coming together

Baxter hits locker room

Offensive line lays an egg

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire