Scores

Final

North Texas 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Texas 56

(1-0, 1-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 2, 2006

Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, AUSTIN, TX

1 2 3 4 T
UNT 0 0 7 07
TEX 14 14 14 1456

Top Performers

Passing: C. McCoy (TEX) - 178 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Charles (TEX) - 14 CAR, 77 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Sweed (TEX) - 5 REC, 111 YDS, 2 TD

McCoy masterful in first start as No. 3 Texas trounces UNT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Colt McCoy could finally relax and he was only one minute into the first game of his career.

The fresh-faced kid who replaced Vince Young at quarterback for No. 3 Texas hit the pass that got the Longhorns rolling into the new season: a 60-yard touchdown pass to Limas Sweed.

Week 1 stat comparison:
McCoy vs. Snead
 Jevan Snead
Snead
 Colt McCoy
McCoy
Perhaps replacing Vince Young won't be so difficult after all. The Longhorns jumped all over North Texas in their first game without last year's Rose Bowl MVP, thanks largely to the efforts of freshman starting quarterback Colt McCoy. Classmate Jevan Snead, who begins the season as McCoy's backup did not fare as well in his collegiate debut. Here's how the two stacked up on Saturday.
McCoy Snead
Comp.-att. 12-19 3-7
Pct. 63.2 42.9
Yards 178 20
TD 3 0
INT 0 1
Rush yds. 38 11
Rush TD 1 0

A quick "Hook'em Horns" sign to the crowd and the butterflies sitting in McCoy's stomach were gone.

The redshirt freshman was going to be just fine.

McCoy passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another in the Longhorns' 56-7 win Saturday over North Texas.

It was a solid tune-up for next week's showdown against top-ranked Ohio State and should help calm some of the anxiety Texas fans have about their young quarterback.

"I've been waiting for this my entire life," said McCoy, who was 12-of-19 passing. "I don't want to lie to you. It felt pretty good. It was a dream start."

McCoy's numbers would have been even better if not for a few dropped passes. While seldom pressured, he looked comfortable reading blitzes and checking through his receivers.

He even showed some of Young's pizazz with his feet, scrambling 27 yards to set up a second-quarter touchdown.

"He was even better than we would have expected him to be," coach Mack Brown said. "I think that was the biggest question mark, would he be able to run? We need him to do that more."

Texas has won 21 straight games, including a 25-22 win over the Buckeyes in Columbus last season that helped propel the Longhorns to their first undisputed national title in 36 years.

The Longhorns returned 16 starters from that team. But when Young departed for the NFL, it left Texas without its leader and without a scholarship quarterback with game experience.

McCoy was chosen the starter Monday after winning the battle to start with freshman Jevan Snead. And it was a whirlwind of a week: first with the interviews, then walking around campus with everyone knowing he was guy who would replace Young.

While his first pass -- a completion -- was a bit underthrown, his second was nearly perfect as he found Sweed streaking deep in the secondary.

The big receiver stepped around a defender in the middle of the field and bobbled the ball, but hauled it in and outran four tacklers for 7-0 lead just a minute into the season.

"I wasn't nervous at all after that," McCoy said. "I can't tell you how good it felt to have that many people cheering for me."

Texas' second drive was hampered by two penalties and ended with a punt. It was McCoy's only drive of the half that didn't end with a touchdown. He capped the next with his first touchdown, a 1-yard sneak.

McCoy led the Longhorns' two-minute offense at the end of the half, driving 63 yards in 10 plays. His long run up the middle of the field set up a 5-yard shuffle pass TD to Selvin Young with 16 seconds left.

"There was no stuttering (in the huddle). He had that look in his eyes and had us feeling comfortable," Young said. "I was impressed. He's starting his legacy that he's going to have at Texas.

The one time North Texas nearly got him on a blitz, McCoy stepped aside and avoided a sack. His pass into the end zone was dropped by the receiver.

"I thought he showed a lot of poise with a veteran team around him," North Texas coach Darrell Dickey said.

Defensively, the Longhorns held North Texas (0-1) to 95 totals yards with four sacks. Brian Robison tied safety Michael Griffin with his sixth career field goal block and Aaron Lewis recovered a fumble in the end zone for the final touchdown.

North Texas' only success came on the second drive when the Mean Green drove 80 yards for Brandon Jackson's 12-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

McCoy and Sweed quickly killed any momentum.

The next Texas drive appeared stalled at midfield when Brown called a fake punt to convert the first down. McCoy then found Sweed on a curl route and the receiver shook one defender, then stiff-armed another on his way to the end zone.

Sweed finished with five catches for 111 yards.

As good as McCoy felt against in his first game, it came against an overmatched opponent that had little chance of winning, even if he had a bad game.

Ohio State will be another story.

"I have to get better. We have the No. 1 team in the nation coming here," McCoy said. "We want to be ranked No. 1 in the end."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNT
TEX
1st Downs627
Total Yards95410
Passing87198
Rushing8212
Penalties11-584-28
3rd Down Conversions2-126-12
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers22
Possession29:1530:45

Passing Leaders

North TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Wilson5/66510.810-
Phillips4/13221.700-
TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Snead3/7202.901-
McCoy12/191789.430-

Rushing Leaders

North TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas14382.7016
Robertson5-2-0.401
TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles14775.5113
Young12443.719

Receiving Leaders

North TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Quinn3165.308
Jackson24522.5133
TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sweed511122.2260
Young3268.7114

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNTTEX
TD13:52LIMAS SWEED 60 YD PASS FROM COLT MCCOY (GREG JOHNSON KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yards.
07
TD1:04COLT MCCOY 1 YD RUN (GREG JOHNSON KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yards.
014
SECOND QUARTERUNTTEX
TD11:19SELVIN YOUNG 1 YD RUN (GREG JOHNSON KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 41 yards.
021
TD0:16SELVIN YOUNG 5 YD PASS FROM COLT MCCOY (GREG JOHNSON KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 63 yards.
028
THIRD QUARTERUNTTEX
TD10:57BRANDON JACKSON 12 YD PASS FROM WOODY WILSON (DENIS HOPOVAC KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
728
TD7:44LIMAS SWEED 29 YD PASS FROM COLT MCCOY (GREG JOHNSON KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yards.
735
TD0:26JAMAAL CHARLES 10 YD RUN (GREG JOHNSON KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 50 yards.
742
FOURTH QUARTERUNTTEX
TD7:26HENRY MELTON 3 YD RUN (GREG JOHNSON KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 29 yards.
749
TD6:33AARON LEWIS 0 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (GREG JOHNSON KICK)756