COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Texas tuned up for its Big 12 showdown with
Oklahoma next week by making Missouri pay for its mistakes --
Vince Young ran for 108 yards and a touchdown and threw for two
other scores, and the second-ranked Longhorns converted three
first-half turnovers by quarterback Brad Smith into quick
touchdowns in beating the Tigers 51-20 Saturday.
"Our bunch can score fast," coach Mack Brown said. "That's
what we've got to continue to do. We should have scored a lot more
The Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) have won 11 straight road games
and 11 straight games overall. They'd like to make it 12 wins in a
row next week when they face the Sooners, who have beaten Texas
five straight times.
Jamaal Charles had one rushing and one receiving touchdown for
Texas, which is 4-0 for the fourth time in five seasons and beat
Missouri (2-2, 0-1) for the 14th time in 15 games.
Last year's game was much closer, with Texas winning 28-20 in
"They were talking about nothing but last year," Young said.
"But it's a whole different team over here and we wanted to show
them we are a different team."
Missouri, which entered the game fifth in the nation in total
offense at 554 yards per game, had hoped to engage Texas in a
shootout but was held to 330 yards and lost to a team ranked in the
top five for the 28th straight time.
"They're a good team, I ain't going to lie," Missouri safety
David Overstreet said. "At first I had my doubts that they were a
legit No. 2, but after today I know they really deserve to be the
No. 2 team in the nation."
The Longhorns had plenty of offense, totaling 585 yards, to
offset 135 yards in penalties, a fumble out of the end zone by
Charles in the third quarter and a second-quarter drive that
stalled at the Missouri 5.
The turnovers helped. Texas has turned nine takeaways into 30
points so far this season.
"We've got a chance to be really good and we haven't played
near our best game yet," Brown said. "We told our guys we can
play much better than this and we'll have to continue to grow as a
team, but the fun thing is were 4-0 and we don't think we've
scratched the surface."
Smith scored on a pair of short runs for Missouri, which stayed
with Texas for much of the first half but was shut out after the
break. The Longhorns led 14-13 after one quarter and then ran off
37 straight points before Smith scored again with 3:54 left.
"Clearly, we didn't play well," Smith said. "I didn't play
well. With a team like that you have to play a real good game to
have an opportunity to win."
Young, who scored on a 33-yard run in the first quarter, has
eight career 100-yard games although this was his first of the
season. He had a 33-yard scramble on third-and-30 to set up a field
goal that gave Texas a 24-13 lead near the end of the half that
might have been the turning point.
"There were lots of aggravating points in the game," Missouri
safety Jason Simpson said. "But yeah, that was one."
Charles, who has five touchdowns the last two games and had 97
yards on 15 carries, scored on Texas' first play of the game on a
3-yard run. That was set up by Aaron Harris' interception and
return of a pass by Smith on Missouri's third play of the game.
Smith fumbled on a sack later in the quarter and Young was
untouched on a draw on the next play to put Texas ahead 14-7.
Smith's second fumble gave Texas the ball at the Missouri 22
early in the second quarter. After a holding call, Charles caught a
32-yard touchdown pass, backing into the end zone after turning
around to make the reception.
Texas also got an 88-yard punt return from Aaron Ross, and
showed Missouri it could score the traditional way, too. The
Longhorns opened the second half with a six-play, 80-yard drive
capped by Ramonce Taylor's one-handed grab of a swing pass and
acrobatic dive into the end zone, his extended hand with the ball
just inside the pylon for a 27-yard score that made it 31-13.
"I saw the safety coming down and he had the angle on me, so I
just tried to beat him to the end zone," Taylor said. "I've got a
feeling it will be on SportsCenter."
Henry Melton scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the second half.