AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas has refused to call the Chance
Mock-Vince Young quarterback combination a "rotation" this
Whatever it is, it works.
The duo provided plenty of offense Saturday night in the first
half of a 63-18 romp over Tulane. Mock threw three touchdown passes
and ran for another and Young ran and passed for two scores as the
No. 14 Longhorns cruised in their final tuneup before Big 12 play.
Texas (3-1) plays its first conference game next Saturday
against No. 16 Kansas State.
"When you want to win you got to put points on the board,"
said receiver Roy Williams, who caught two touchdown passes as
Texas topped 60 points for the second time this season.
"That's all we're trying to do."
Texas simply swamped the Green Wave with a quarterback rotation
that Longhorns coach MackBrown has said -- until this week at least
-- didn't exist.
Although Young had seen playing time this season,Brown and his
staff had refused to call the shuffling QBs a "rotation" and said
only that they would play Young when they could. He didn't get any
snaps in Texas' loss to Arkansas
Mock is the starter and scored Texas' first touchdown against
Tulane on a 1-yard run. Texas led 14-0 after the second drive when
Williams took a short pass and shook three defenders with one spin
move and a stiff arm for a 13-yard TD.
Then came Young, who rotated in every third series of the first
A super-talented redshirt freshman who can run and pass, Young
faked a handoff and ran 60 yards on his second snap, a play that
set up a 2-yard TD toss to David Thomas, his first scoring pass of
"It's a change of pace because we have two completely different
styles," said Mock, considered for now to be the better passer.
"It's like throwing a curveball in there."
"The defense has to change it's whole game plan," Young said.
"They'll be trying to defend Chance when I pop in."
Mock was 10-of-16 for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Young had
137 total yards with a rushing and passing TD. Cedric Benson ran
for three scores.
Tulane (3-2) came into the game with one of the nation's best
passing attacks but never got started as Texas piled on the points.
Green Wave quarterback J.P. Losman, the nation's leading passer
in yardage and touchdowns coming in, had 114 yards in the first
half but it paled in comparison to the 387 total yards Texas rolled
up before halftime.
Losman ran for his life under a heavy Texas pass rush to finish
with 186 yards passing with two interceptions and one touchdown.
Mock and Young, meanwhile, ran the Texas offense to near
perfection. Tulane coach Chris Scelfo compared it to gambler who
won on every roll of the dice.
"They rolled sevens every way they could," Scelfo said. "They
Mock threw scoring passes of 11 and 26 yards to Bo Scaife and
Williams in the second quarter. Young shook two tackles in a
13-yard scramble up the middle for a TD that made it 35-6.
Tulane came in giving up an average of 204 yards on the ground.
Texas had 211 by halftime. The only Texas drive of the half that
didn't score was stopped on the Tulane 14 on a fumble.
Williams, who shunned a chance to be a top 10 pick in the NFL
draft after last season, has five touchdowns this season and has
seven career multiple-TD games. He already is Texas' career
receiving yardage leader with 3,161.
Tulane running back Mewelde Moore had 114 yards rushing and two
The question for Texas will be whether the Longhorns have shaken
the 38-28 home loss to then-unranked Arkansas on Sept. 13.
That game helped catapult the Razorbacks into the top 10 and
raised doubts about Texas' chances of competing for a Big 12 or
But the Longhorns have regrouped from that loss to outscore Rice
and Tulane 111-25 over the last two games.
"That loss was a wake up call for us," Williams said. "We
can't lose no more."