WACO, Texas (AP) -- Texas roared goodbye to a rugged October. But a nasty November awaits.
Freshman quarterback Vince Young ran for 101 yards and two
touchdowns Saturday night as the Longhorns (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) rolled past Baylor
56-0 Saturday night, Texas' first shutout of the season and second
straight over the Bears.
The Longhorns (6-2, 3-1 Big 12) set the offense on cruise
control from the start, running up a 35-0 halftime lead in Young's
Texas started the month with a bruising win over Kansas State
but then suffered a crushing 65-13 defeat against No. 1 Oklahoma on
The Longhorns have won two straight since that disaster in
Dallas. They now start a tough November stretch with games against
Nebraska (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP), Oklahoma State (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP), and in-state rivals Texas
Tech and Texas A&M.
Coach MackBrown knows what troubles lurk ahead.
"Nebraska blitzes well, Oklahoma State's about as good a team
as there is right now," he said. "Texas Tech can score 100 points
and A&M will play us well in College Station."
"We want to keep it going," said wide receiver Roy Williams,
who caught three passes for 60 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown
reception, his seventh of the season. "The motivation for tonight
was to get the sixth win and become bowl eligible."
Baylor was an easy warmup for the coming month as Texas
outgained the Bears 477-260 despite missing starting tailback
Cedric Benson. He didn't make the 99-mile trip north from Austin
after being charged earlier in the week with misdemeanor criminal
The Longhorns hardly missed him in front of a crowd of 42,118, at least half of whom wore burnt orange. Senior Brett Robin got his
first career start, and he and Selvin Young combined for 93 yards
and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
"I had unbelievable blocking," Robin said. "We only ran two
different running plays all night."
Vince Young finished with 166 total yards and set up Robin's
second TD with a weaving 64-yard run to inside the Baylor 1 in the
third quarter. His rushing total sent him past Benson as the team
leader with 550 yards this season.
"The touchdown was fun," Robin said. "But I saw the replay
and Vince really deserved it,"
Baylor had hoped its 42-30 win over Colorado three weeks earlier
would launch the beleaguered Bears (3-5, 1-3) to a new era of
winning under first-year head coach Guy Morriss. Instead, three straight
losses have followed.
Baylor showed highlights of the Colorado game -- including a late
goal-line stand -- on the giant scoreboard replay screen before the
opening kickoff. Texas players didn't notice.
"We didn't see them," said wide receiver Roy Williams. "But
we watched film and knew not to take Baylor lightly."
Any inspiration the Bears may have mustered was quickly
squandered when Aaron Karas was sacked and fumbled on the opening drive. Texas' Derrick Johnson recovered and pitched it to Nathan
Vasher who returned it to the Baylor 11.
Robin scored four plays later and Vince Young added his rushing
touchdowns from 1 and 2 yards. Young's second TD came on
1st-and-goal when he rolled right, backtracked to his left and
split two defenders who appeared to have him nailed at the goal
"We just dug ourselves a big hole too early," Morris said.
"It was a comedy of errors in the first half."
Chance Mock, who started the first six games, came off the bench
to throw for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including the 41-yard
strike to Williams who fought through two tacklers to get to the