Scores

Final

Colorado 17

(4-2, 2-1 Pac-12)

Texas 42

(6-0, 3-0 Big 12)

3:30 PM ET, October 15, 2005

Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, AUSTIN, TX

1 2 3 4 T
COLO 0 10 0 717
TEX 14 21 0 742

Top Performers

Passing: V. Young (TEX) - 336 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: V. Young (TEX) - 10 CAR, 58 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: L. Sweed (TEX) - 7 REC, 88 YDS, 2 TD

Young's five TDs spark Horns' rout of Buffs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- There was no post-Oklahoma letdown for Texas. Vince Young's nearly perfect game against Colorado made sure of that.

Young ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more as No. 2 Texas avoided any chance of an upset by building an early lead and coasting to a 42-17 win over the No. 24 Buffaloes on Saturday.

Off to their best start since an 11-0 regular season in 1983, the Longhorns had appeared ripe for a loss -- or at least a close game -- after their emotional win over Oklahoma a week earlier snapped a five-year losing streak to the Sooners.

Instead, Texas (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) played its best half of the season to put the game away quickly. It was the kind of dominating performance the Longhorns hoped would bump them up to No. 1 until top-ranked USC pulled out a 34-31 win over No. 9 Notre Dame.

Young said he saw the Trojans' winning play before his postgame interviews.

"There's no disappointment. We just won a game," Young said. "They're doing their job, we're doing ours."

Texas has won 13 in a row dating to the middle of last season, the second-longest winning streak in the nation behind USC's 28.

Young was flawless running and passing in the first two quarters, scoring on runs of 1, 16 and 9 yards. He also threw a 35-yard TD pass to Limas Sweed that made it 35-3. Sweed and Young hooked up for another touchdown in the fourth.

Joel Klatt led Colorado (4-2, 2-1) with 189 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Given time to throw behind a dominant performance by his offensive line, Young finished with 394 total yards with a career-high 336 passing. His 86.2 percent completion rate (25-of-29) set a Texas record. He was 16-of-18 in the first half for 258 yards.

"Vince's performance was the best today that I've ever seen him," said Texas coach Mack Brown.

And instead of a lingering hangover from the Oklahoma win, it was Colorado who had to deal with a 6-foot-5, 230-pound headache of a quarterback.

"So much for hangovers," Brown said. "I was worried about it all week ... He [Young] just breaks teams backs."

Offensive tackle Jonathan Scott danced and waved his arms to pump up the crowd before Texas' first snap and the Longhorns drove 90 yards in 16 plays for the game's first TD. Young capped the drive with a 1-yard dive over the line. The Longhorns were aggressive, converting three third downs on the drive and a fourth-and-4 at the Colorado 40 when Young hit Brian Carter for 24 yards.

Young's second touchdown came on a bobbing, weaving run after he faked left, turned right, broke a couple tackles and reached the ball over the corner pylon.

"He makes anything he wants to happen on the football field," Scott said.

"He just takes off and adds another dimension," said Buffaloes linebacker Jordan Dizon, "and it kills us."

After Klatt threw an interception, Young hit Billy Pittman for 62 yards to set up Selvin Young's scoring run from the 5 that made it 21-0.

After his third rushing TD, Young then floated a perfect pass to Sweed in the end zone.

"We did not underestimate his throwing ability at all," said Colorado coach Gary Barnett. "His receivers made great plays, he made great throws and we didn't' get any pressure on him."

Texas came in as the No. 2 rushing team in the nation but had no trouble moving the ball through the air as Young spread it around to seven receivers.

"I don't care if I have to run 100 times or pass it 100 times," Young said. "Whatever it takes to win is all that matters to me."

Defensively, Texas shut down most everything Colorado tried to do. Klatt had passed for 398 yards a week earlier in a win over Texas A&M but was under a tough pass rush most of the game Saturday. Colorado managed just 237 total yards against Texas.

"They just flat stopped us," said Colorado running back Hugh Charles. "Our game plan got shut out."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COLO
TEX
1st Downs1424
Total Yards237482
Passing192337
Rushing45145
Penalties11-838-70
3rd Down Conversions6-1510-17
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Turnovers21
Possession21:0638:54

Passing Leaders

ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Cox2/530.600-
Klatt19/391894.821-
TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Young25/2933611.620-
Nordgren1/310.300-

Rushing Leaders

ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles13382.9012
Ellis471.803
TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Young10585.8316
Young19432.3117

Receiving Leaders

ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Judge6376.2116
Klopfens...56012.0125
TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sweed78812.6235
Thomas56412.8020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCOLOTEX
TD5:46VINCE YOUNG 1 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)
Drive info: 16 plays, 90 yards.
07
TD0:52VINCE YOUNG 16 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 67 yards.
014
SECOND QUARTERCOLOTEX
TD10:27SELVIN YOUNG 5 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 75 yards.
021
TD6:04VINCE YOUNG 9 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yards.
028
FG3:10MASON CROSBY 48 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 47 yards.
328
TD1:39LIMAS SWEED 35 YD PASS FROM VINCE YOUNG (DAVID PINO KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 72 yards.
335
TD0:01EVAN JUDGE 8 YD PASS FROM JOEL KLATT (MASON CROSBY KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yards.
1035
FOURTH QUARTERCOLOTEX
TD14:06LIMAS SWEED 13 YD PASS FROM VINCE YOUNG (DAVID PINO KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yards.
1042
TD9:40JOE KLOPFENSTEIN 4 YD PASS FROM JOEL KLATT (MASON CROSBY KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yards.
1742