7:00 PM ET, October 25, 2003
Floyd Casey Stadium, WACO, TX
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Texas roared goodbye to a rugged October. But a nasty November awaits.
Derrick Johnson will look to take advantage of Adrian Peterson's inexperience.
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 second start.
Texas started the month with a bruising win over Kansas State but then suffered a crushing 65-13 defeat against No. 1 Oklahoma on Oct. 11.
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 trespassing.
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 line.
"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 end zone.
|3rd Down Conversions||6-12||7-19|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||1-1|
|TD||11:38||BRETT ROBIN 1 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 11 yards.
|TD||3:51||VINCE YOUNG 1 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||10:11||VINCE YOUNG 2 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 18 yards.
|TD||5:10||SELVIN YOUNG 1 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 48 yards.
|TD||1:53||ROY WILLIAMS 41 YD PASS FROM CHANCE MOCK (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||8:33||BRETT ROBIN 1 YD RUN (DUSTY MANGUM KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||14:25||DAVID THOMAS 34 YD PASS FROM CHANCE MOCK (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||13:04||MIKE WILLIAMS 33 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (DAVID PINO KICK)||56||0|