Scores

Final

Florida Atl 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(11) Texas 52

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2008

Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, AUSTIN, TX

1 2 3 4 T
FAU 0 10 0 010
#11TEX 14 14 14 1052

Top Performers

Passing: C. McCoy (TEX) - 222 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. McCoy (TEX) - 12 CAR, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Irby (TEX) - 7 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD

Gritty McCoy, Texas drub Florida Atlantic in opener

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Talk about tough.

Ask Florida Atlantic now if they think the Texas Longhorns can take a few hits?

On a night when Texas retired the No. 10 jersey of Vince Young, McCoy passed for three touchdowns, ran for another and the No. 11 Longhorns coasted to a 52-10 win over Florida Atlantic that got testy at times when the Owls popped McCoy for three late hits.

"I did get hit out of bounds a couple of times," McCoy said. "I compete really hard, so when I get hit out of bounds I don't really know what's going on, I just want to get back on the field ... I guess Vince was right there, he was probably talking trash."

McCoy never wavered as Texas ran up a 28-10 halftime lead. His third touchdown pass made it 42-10 and he left early in the fourth quarter with 222 yards on 24-of-29 passing. He also did his best to imitate Young with 103 yards rushing on 12 carries.

McCoy, who stays in touch with Young and him during a pregame ceremony, joined Young as the only Texas quarterbacks to pass for more than 200 yards and run for 100 more in a game multiple times. McCoy has done it twice. Young did it five times.

"Colt played as good of a game as I've seen tonight," Texas coach Mack Brown said.

Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger had rankled Texas with comments suggesting the Longhorns weren't tough and could be intimidated if hit hard enough. When the Longhorns walked into the stadium about two hours before kickoff, defensive tackle Roy Miller pulled off his shirt on the field and appeared to be yelling at his teammates to get them fired up as several Owls players stood nearby.

"There's a lesson to be learned any time you talk before a game. You learn to keep your mouth shut," Miller said. "This team has a new mentality."

Schnellenberger didn't have to be asked about it after the game.

"I know one thing, they're a lot tougher than we are," he said. "I don't know if my remarks helped their team, if they did, then I apologize to my team."

Texas had no trouble pushing around the Owls' defense. While Schnellenberger had said he wanted to get "three hats" on Texas ball carriers, Florida Atlantic seldom appeared to have three players even close in the first half.

McCoy moved the Longhorns with ease, completing his first 13 passes, tossing TDs of 2 and 9 yards to Chris Ogbannaya and Jordan Shipley in the first quarter. Twice he was hit hard late on the drive that ended with Shipley's TD and his 2-yard TD run in the second quarter made it 28-3.

The Texas defense still has plenty to work out, but got better as the game wore on.

The secondary that ranked No. 109 against the pass last season started two freshmen at safety and the inexperience showed as Owls quarterback Rusty Smith passed for 226 yards in the first half. Florida Atlantic's first two drives got inside the Texas 20 before both ended in turnovers with a fumbled snap and an interception.

One of the freshmen, Earl Thomas, was burned for several big plays and a touchdown, but also caused the interception with a tipped pass and blocked a punt in the third quarter to set up another touchdown.

Smith, last season's Sun Belt Conference player of the year, finished with 253 yards passing and a touchdown pass to Rob Housler, but was pulled in the third quarter. The Owls gained just 53 yards of total offense in the second half.

"I thought the whole defense played well after the young secondary got settled down at halftime," Brown said. "They listened and they got better and better."

Texas has scored at least 50 points in a season opener five of the last six years. The Longhorns rolled up 503 total yards.

"We played a near perfect opener," Brown said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FAU
TEX
1st Downs1331
Total Yards292503
Passing255271
Rushing37232
Penalties7-6011-110
3rd Down Conversions6-167-14
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers20
Possession24:4635:14

Passing Leaders

Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith15/312538.211
TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCoy24/292227.730

Rushing Leaders

Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edgecomb4194.8011
Floyd4153.8015
TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy121038.6125
McGee12635.3113

Receiving Leaders

Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grant49323.3062
Gent35919.7033
TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Irby7628.9121
Shipley45313.3131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFAUTEX
TD08:48Cody Johnson 1 Yd Run (Hunter Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 61 yds, 2:57
07
TD03:15Chris Ogbonnaya 2 Yd Pass From Colt Mccoy (Hunter Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:26
014
SECOND QUARTERFAUTEX
FG13:24Warley Leroy 31 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 46 yds, 2:12
314
TD09:01Jordan Shipley 9 Yd Pass From Colt Mccoy (Hunter Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:23
321
TD03:25Colt Mccoy 2 Yd Run (Hunter Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 52 yds, 3:55
328
TD01:40Rob Housler 20 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 68 yds, 1:45
1028
THIRD QUARTERFAUTEX
TD13:56Vondrell Mcgee 7 Yd Run (Hunter Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 71 yds, 1:04
1035
TD07:25Blaine Irby 5 Yd Pass From Colt Mccoy (Hunter Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 18 yds, 1:36
1042
FOURTH QUARTERFAUTEX
FG13:09Hunter Lawrence 40 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 57 yds, 4:49
1045
TD08:24James Kirkendoll 29 Yd Pass From John Chiles (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 50 yds, 3:28
1052