Scores

Final

Rice 14

(0-4, 0-2 away)

(7) Texas 58

(4-0, 3-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 22, 2007

Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 0 7 0 714
#7TEX 10 31 14 358

Top Performers

Passing: C. McCoy (TEX) - 333 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Charles (TEX) - 14 CAR, 72 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: L. Sweed (TEX) - 5 REC, 139 YDS, 2 TD

McCoy passes for 333 yards as Horns bruise Owls

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas needed one of those everybody-gets-to-play kind of games in the worst way.

The No. 7 Longhorns got one in a big way Saturday night with a 58-14 drubbing of Rice in the final tuneup for the start of Big 12 play.

By dominating the winless Owls in every phase, the Longhorns (4-0) pounded out any lingering frustrations after three close wins and a wave of bad publicity surrounding player arrests and suspensions in recent weeks.

Gaining Ground
Texas Longhorns

After failing to run well at the end of last season, the Texas Longhorns' rushing numbers keep climbing through their last six games.

Car. Yds Per Carry
'07 vs Rice 40 227 5.7
'07 vs UCF 43 229 5.3
'07 vs TCU 36 176 4.9
'07 vs
Ark. St.
38 117 3.1
'06 vs Iowa 21 70 3.3
'06 vs A&M 25 70 2.8
"It's good to be excited about a win," Texas senior defensive tackle Derek Lokey said. "I don't think anybody knows how good we can be. We have the talent to be great, but we're not there yet."

Colt McCoy looked sharp with 333 yards passing and three touchdowns, including scoring tosses of 52 and 24 yards to Limas Sweed

The Longhorns rolled up 560 yards on offense. Sweed finished with 139 yards on five catches and Jamaal Charles had three short touchdown runs. Even freshman backup quarterback John Chiles looked good in mop-up duty, teasing future opponents with nifty moves running the ball.

Texas led the Owls (0-4) 41-0 in the second quarter. The final score could have been much worse but McCoy and most of Texas' starters were on the bench after the first series of the third.

Even then, Chiles quickly drove the Longhorns to another TD, rushing for 49 yards on an eight-play scoring drive in his first action of the season.

This game won't be considered much of a measuring stick for the Longhorns -- Rice's offense ranks among the worst in the country -- but it was sure to massage the ego of a team that struggled through games against Arkansas State, TCU and Central Florida and left some wondering if they were overrated.

Texas opens Big 12 play next weekend at home against Kansas State.

"It was a really good win for us in the fashion that we needed to win it," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "We'll need it next week."

Rice was inept in just about every way, even when Texas handed the Owls the ball. Two punts traveled 15 yards or less and when Charles fumbled on the second play of the game, the Owls went backwards 14 yards before missing a 50-yard field goal.

The Owls rushed for minus-11 yards and gave up five sacks. Few gave Rice any chance to even keep it close considering the Owls lost to Nicholls State of the Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) in their season opener.

"Texas is absolutely the best, most athletic, biggest, fastest and strongest football team we are going to play this year," Rice's first-year head coach David Bailiff said.

McCoy struggled at times in the first three games but was fine in this one, passing for 295 yards in the first half and hitting Sweed for the two long TDs in the second quarter. It was McCoy's first game of the season without an interception.

"He looked like the Colt of old," Brown said. "It was his best game by far."

Sweed, who sat out most of the previous week's 35-32 win over Central Florida after twisting his ankle, outran Owls defenders or outjumped them whenever it was necessary.

Texas' only real misstep came on one of Sweed's long strides, when he snared a deep pass in coverage, raced past a group of defenders and was coasting toward the end zone before stepping out of bounds at the Rice 2. Instead of a 50-yard TD, Sweed laughed at himself on the sideline while Charles scampered in for his first touchdown and a 17-0 lead.

"Jamaal definitely said 'Thanks Sweed.' We gave him a hard time," Texas receiver Quan Cosby said. "We told him there were 10 different things he could've done to score."

Chiles finished with 72 yards rushing in the second half. His running could be a valuable change of pace for the Longhorns as he showed flashes of Vince Young, zipping through and around tired Owls defenders.

Texas needs to develop depth at quarterback for the Big 12. McCoy got hurt against Kansas State last season and the Longhorns lost their final two regular season games to get knocked out of the league championship game.

"He's a heck of an athlete, there's no doubt about that," Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said of Chiles. "He looked good."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
TEX
1st Downs1725
Total Yards268560
Passing279333
Rushing-11227
Penalties7-403-35
3rd Down Conversions4-154-11
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers21
Possession32:1227:48

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement18/322206.912
TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCoy20/2933311.530

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bilaye-Benibo294.506
Randolph188.008
TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGee88010.0138
Charles14725.1320

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon56112.2120
Wardlow35819.3039
TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sweed513927.8252
Cosby56613.2119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICETEX
TD08:28Quan Cosby 17 Yd Pass From Colt Mccoy (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 67 yds, 5:20
07
FG04:46Ryan Bailey 43 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 40 yds, 1:33
010
SECOND QUARTERRICETEX
TD12:19Jamaal Charles 2 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 50 yds, :13
017
FG07:41Ryan Bailey 52 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 36 yds, 2:46
020
TD05:32Limas Sweed 52 Yd Pass From Colt Mccoy (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 52 yds, :08
027
TD01:49Jamaal Charles 5 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 65 yds, 1:30
034
TD01:05Limas Sweed 24 Yd Pass From Colt Mccoy (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 24 yds, :07
041
TD00:18Toren Dixon 18 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 45 yds, :47
741
THIRD QUARTERRICETEX
TD10:17Jamaal Charles 2 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 54 yds, 2:51
748
TD04:28Vondrell Mcgee 9 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:43
755
FOURTH QUARTERRICETEX
FG14:53Ryan Bailey 19 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 59 yds, 2:44
758
TD06:26James Casey 1 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 56 yds, 3:50
1458