Oklahoma State 10

(5-4, 2-3 Big 12)

(4) Texas 36

(9-1, 6-0 Big 12)

Coverage: TBS

7:00 PM ET, November 4, 2006

Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX

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OKST 0 3 7 010
#4TEX 3 17 10 636

Top Performers

Passing: C. McCoy (TEX) - 346 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Charles (TEX) - 21 CAR, 67 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Pittman (TEX) - 7 REC, 88 YDS, 1 TD

McCoy launches Horns past Cowboys in surprisingly lopsided game

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The shootout between two of the Big 12's hotshot quarterbacks never developed.

Texas' Colt McCoy did his part with a career game.

Out of Vince's Shadow
 Colt McCoy
How do you replace the Rose Bowl MVP and a cult hero in Texas? Well… you don't. At least not right away. But Colt McCoy is doing all he can to get Longhorns fans as excited for this year as they were for last year. With three more touchdowns on another scintillating day for the freshman QB, McCoy on Saturday passed the vaunted V.Y. for most touchdown passes by a Texas quarterback in a single season.
Player Year TDs
Colt McCoy 2006 27
Vince Young 2005 26
Chris Simms 2002 26
Chris Simms 2001 22

Oklahoma State's Bobby Reid couldn't keep up against a Longhorns' defense that finally figured out how to stop the pass.

McCoy threw for a career-high 346 yards and set the Texas single-season record for touchdown passes in a 36-10 victory Saturday night that kept the No. 4 Longhorns in control of the Big 12 South.

The Longhorns (9-1, 6-0) have won 21 straight league games and coupled with No. 18 Oklahoma's 17-16 win over No. 21 Texas A&M, can lock up a berth in the Big 12 title game with a win next week at Kansas State.

That matters more to McCoy than the touchdowns record.

"The most important thing is the win today," he said."I had enough protection up front to get the ball to my receivers. They had a lot of yards after the catch. All these guys won the national championship last year and I watched. I wanted to give them another great year."

McCoy threw three touchdown passes to give him 27, breaking the school mark of 26 shared by Vince Young (2005) and Chris Simms (2002). The redshirt freshman is two shy of the NCAA freshman season record of 29, set by Nevada's David Neill in 1998.

Most TD Passes by a Freshman
Single season, I-A history
Player Year School TDs
David Neill 1998 Nevada 29
Colt McCoy 2006 Texas 27
Chad Henne 2004 Michigan 25
Kevin Kolb 2003 Houston 25
Ben Roethlisberger 2001 Miami (OH) 25
Philip Rivers 2000 NC State 25
John Denton 1996 UNLV 25

"He's a superstar," Texas senior cornerback Aaron Ross said. "I tell him that every day."

Ross had one of two Longhorns interceptions and was a big reason why Reid had a miserable time against the 112th-rated defense.

Reid, the third-rated passer in the country, was 11-of-28 for 123 yards and two interceptions. He consistently misfired high and short of open receivers and twice in the fourth quarter threw balls high into the Royal-Memorial Stadium crowd.

"Our guys have a lot of pride," Texas defensive co-coordinator Gene Chizik said. "I still think we're a very, very good defense."

Reid said he was nervous.

"I was jacked up early," Reid said. "I made a couple of bad throws early and then Texas started to pile on the dogs."

The Cowboys (5-4, 2-3), who had built big leads with fast starts against Texas the last two years before losing, managed only 203 total yards and didn't score an offensive touchdown, getting their only points on a field goal and second-half kickoff return.

And for the first time in a month, the Longhorns didn't have to rally to win. McCoy had led four come-from-behind wins against Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska and Texas Tech.

The Longhorns scored first against the Cowboys and never trailed.

"What he's doing now is being a great leader," Texas coach Mack Brown said.

McCoy was methodical with short and long passes against constant blitz pressure to Texas drives moving.

"He picked us apart," Cowboys safety Andre Sexton said. "We just couldn't stop him."

McCoy's first TD pass gave Texas a 10-0 lead when Nate Jones slipped behind Perrish Cox, who appeared to lose sight of the ball, for a 13-yard score. The Cowboys fumbled the ensuing kickoff and McCoy hit Quan Cosby for a 28-yard TD on the first play to make it 17-0.

Oklahoma State drove to the Texas 7 before Reid missed a wide open D'Juan Woods at the goal line. Reid grabbed his helmet in disgust and the Cowboys settled for a field goal that deflated any momentum.

McCoy was 14 of 17 in the first half for 193 yards as Texas built a 20-3 lead.

After Ryan Bailey kicked his third field goal from 19 yards for Texas, Oklahoma State's Grant Jones, who fumbled the kickoff in the second quarter, returned this one 89 yards for a touchdown that cut the lead to 13.

But the Cowboys blew their chance to get back in the game. They forced the Longhorns to punt, but were penalized for a personal foul that gave McCoy another chance.

McCoy finished the drive with a 27-yard TD pass to Jermichael Finley for a 30-10 lead that put the game away.

"They were faster and they were stronger," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "We had a good game plan. They just had a better one."