AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Cedric Benson used to be the workhorse for
Texas. After a 60-3 season-opening romp over Louisiana-Lafayette,
the second-ranked Longhorns appear to have a full stable of speedy
and powerful tailbacks to compliment quarterback Vince Young this
Young passed for three touchdowns, ran for another and Jamaal
Charles set a Texas freshman debut record Saturday night with 135
yards rushing for the Longhorns, who travels to No. 6 Ohio State
"It will be a fun game for college football," Longhorns coach
Mack Brown said. "The buildup started in early spring."
The Longhorns cranked out 418 yards rushing in scoring at least
60 points in a season opener for the third straight year.
"We went out there and took care of business," Young said.
"It sends a message to whoever was watching, they got to get
themselves prepared to play us."
With Benson, the fifth-leading rusher in major college history,
the Longhorns had a bruiser who could be counted on for 30 carries
a game. Benson is now in the NFL and the plan against the Ragin'
Cajuns (0-1) was to spread things the ball around.
Starter Selvin Young scored the first TD on a 9-yard run.
Charles followed it by scooting untouched around the left side 14
yards for a score. Then it was Taylor taking a reverse 30 yards to
the end zone.
"We wanted to teach people we can run the ball without Cedric
Benson here," Taylor said. "We answered that question and proved
Young cranked up the passing game in the second quarter, hitting
Nate Jones on a 10-yard scoring pass and connecting with tight
David Thomas twice from 20 and 7 yards.
Young entered the season as one of top contenders for the
Heisman Trophy after his five-touchdown performance in the Rose
Bowl. While that game saw him rush for four TDs, his passing was
one of the few question marks for the Longhorns this season.
He was an efficient 13-of-15 for 173 yards in the first half as
Texas built a 39-3 lead. He threw only two passes in the third
quarter -- an interception and a drop at the goal line -- before
scoring on a 2-yard run. He finished with 49 yards rushing on seven
carries before leaving the game midway through the third.
"Vince was able to throw it at will," coach Mack Brown said.
"And he threw it well."
The big loss capped an extremely difficult week for the Ragin'
Cajuns. About 20 Louisiana-Lafayette players are from the New
Orleans area and most of them housed dozens of family members who
had fled the city and Hurricane Katrina.
The Ragin' Cajuns were one of the few teams from Louisiana
playing football this weekend. The hurricane forced the
cancellation or postponement of five games involving teams from
Louisiana and Mississippi.
"It is a shame," said cornerback Jemarcus Smith said of the
desperate situation in New Orleans. "We had to worry about the
roofs being torn off our house. My family is planning to move to
San Antonio. I was thinking about [my family]. That's all that was
on my mind."
By the second half, Louisiana-Lafayette was completely worn
down. That's when the Longhorns hit them with Melton, a 270-pound
freshman who pounds the line of scrimmage with the force of a
After Charles cut the corners with his speed, Melton bulled his
way through a pile of tacklers before breaking free for a 14-yard
TD. He did it again in the fourth, breaking five tackles on a
22-yard scoring run.
"They're freshman, but they're unusual freshmen. I think they
will continue to get better," said Texas offensive coordinator
The only problem for the Longhorns came in the kicking game.
They three missed extra points.
The last play of the Longhorns' 2004 season was Dusty Mangum's
wobbly field goal that gave Texas a 38-37 win over Michigan in the
Richmond McGee, the Longhorns' punter and kickoff specialist,
took over the field goals and extra points this year. He missed his
first extra point wide right then had two low kicks blocked in the
"For whatever reason, we got off to a bad start with the extra
points," Brown said. "He's never kicked in a game before."
Overall, Brown liked what he saw before heading up to Ohio next
"I felt like it was the perfect opener for us," he said.