7:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003
Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, AUSTIN, TX
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas has refused to call the Chance Mock-Vince Young quarterback combination a "rotation" this season.
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 half.
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 the season.
"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 overwhelmed us."
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 touchdowns.
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 national title.
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."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||8-17||5-11|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||2-2|
|TD||10:42||CHANCE MOCK 1 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||8:59||ROY WILLIAMS 13 YD PASS FROM CHANCE MOCK (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 13 yards.
|TD||7:47||MEWELDE MOORE 6 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||6:14||DAVID THOMAS 2 YD PASS FROM VINCE YOUNG (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||12:48||BO SCAIFE 11 YD PASS FROM CHANCE MOCK (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||7:56||VINCE YOUNG 13 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||3:27||CEDRIC BENSON 1 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 29 yards.
|TD||2:01||ROY WILLIAMS 26 YD PASS FROM CHANCE MOCK (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 45 yards.
|TD||7:09||ROYDELL WILLIAMS 15 YD PASS FROM J.P. LOSMAN (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||3:27||CEDRIC BENSON 5 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||1:04||CEDRIC BENSON 1 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 1 yards.
|TD||12:28||MEWELDE MOORE 32 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.