7:00 PM ET, November 4, 2006
Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, AUSTIN, TX
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.
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.
Single season, I-A history
|Ben Roethlisberger||2001||Miami (OH)||25|
|Philip Rivers||2000||NC State||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."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Texas quarterback Colt McCoy fired a pair of touchdowns in a span of 51 seconds, sandwiched around a Cowboy fumble on a kickoff.
Gameball goes to... McCoy. The freshman QB threw for three touchdowns and a career-high 346 yards on 23-of-29 passing.
Stat of the game... 27. McCoy broke the school record for touchdown passes with 27, passing Vince Young (2005) and Chris Simms (2002).
Team Stat Comparison
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|4th Down Conversions||0-0||2-2|
|FG||4:04||RYAN BAILEY 21 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||12:01||NATE JONES 13 YD PASS FROM COLT MCCOY (RYAN BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 88 yards.
|TD||11:10||BILLY PITTMAN 28 YD PASS FROM COLT MCCOY (RYAN BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 28 yards.
|FG||8:20||JASON RICKS 24 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 58 yards.
|FG||1:48||RYAN BAILEY 24 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 86 yards.
|FG||9:47||RYAN BAILEY 19 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||9:28||GRANT JONES 89 YD KICK RETURN (JASON RICKS KICK)||10||23|
|TD||5:18||JERMICHAEL FINLEY 27 YD PASS FROM COLT MCCOY (RYAN BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||10:38||JAMAAL CHARLES 9 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 9 yards.