Strong 'knew all along' about his quarterback duo at Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Charlie Strongsays he "knew all along" what he had at quarterback. He just chose not to tell anyone.

What Strong and the Longhorns unveiled against Notre Dame on Sunday was an impressive combination of finesse and power in freshman Shane Buechele and senior Tyrone Swoopes.

Unlike other quarterback rotations that struggled, Texas' worked to near perfection in a 50-47 double overtime win. Buechele got the start and passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns in pushing the Longhorns to a 31-14 lead.Swoopes then delivered the crunching blows in overtime and scored the game winner on a 6-yard lunging touchdown run against an exhausted Irish defense.

Expect to see more of that 1-2 punch from Texas this season.

"I think we can make it work," Strong said Monday. "We can spread people out, but we have a physical aspect to us. We can pound people when we want to. We can go vertical."

Buechele was the first freshman to start a Texas season-opener since Bobby Layne in 1944. His first drive ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Armanti Foreman on a perfectly thrown ball on the edge of the end zone. His 72-yard, in-stride throw to John Burt on the second play of the third quarter opened up a 28-14 lead.

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