Scores

Final

UL Monroe 20

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(2) Texas 59

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX

1 2 3 4 T
ULM 3 7 0 1020
#2TEX 14 24 7 1459

Top Performers

Passing: C. McCoy (TEX) - 317 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Johnson (TEX) - 11 CAR, 27 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Shipley (TEX) - 8 REC, 180 YDS, 1 TD

McCoy's arm helps Texas stomp Louisiana-Monroe

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Colt McCoy to Jordan Shipley looked as unstoppable as ever for No. 2 Texas. However, it was the Longhorns' new speedy weapon that was drawing raves after an easy opener.

McCoy passed for 317 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown to Shipley, and freshman tailback D.J. Monroe returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball as the Longhorns romped past Louisiana-Monroe 59-20 on Saturday night.

Fast Facts

• Colt McCoy completed 21 of 29 passes for 317 yards, becoming the first Longhorn to pass for 10,000 yards, with two TDs and an interception as Texas won its season opener for the 10th straight season.

• McCoy's completion percentage of 72.4 was actually below his FBS-record 76.7 mark from 2008.

• Jordan Shipley recorded eight receptions for 180 yards, including a 78-yard TD. It was a career high in receiving yards for Shipley and his fourth career 100-yard receiving game.

• Louisiana-Monroe lost its season opener for the ninth time in the last 10 years.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"We've known he was going to be great the whole time," McCoy said of Monroe, who also rushed for 64 yards. "He's a playmaker for us."

Monroe redshirted last season and dazzled Texas coaches with his speed in practice. His TD return in the second quarter came at a big moment after Louisiana-Monroe had struck for a 75-yard touchdown catch by Luther Ambrose.

Monroe, a state high school champion in the 100 meters, took the kickoff at the 11, split a seam in the defense and bolted nearly untouched to the end zone.

"I don't remember anything during the play. It was a really great feeling," Monroe said. "I just wanted to be ready when they called on me."

Cody Johnson scored Texas' first three touchdowns on three 1-yard runs and the Longhorns got the rout for which they paid Louisiana-Monroe $850,000.

A Texas record crowd of 101,096 jammed into refurbished Royal-Memorial Stadium to watch the start of what they hope is a repeat of the 2005 national championship season. Many of those who stayed to the end gave a large roar at the news of rival No. 3 Oklahoma's loss to No. 20 BYU.

Louisiana-Monroe dreamed of quieting the crowd like it did two years ago with a shocking upset on the road against Alabama.

"We think about that game in any game we go into, big game-wise. It always reminds us that it can be done," Louisiana-Monroe running back Frank Goodin said.

Any chance of an upset lasted mere seconds between Ambrose's touchdown catch and Monroe's big return. The Longhorns rolled up 568 yards in total offense to win their 11th consecutive season opener.

Still, Texas didn't get out without fumbling the ball away a few times and a few rare miscues by McCoy.

McCoy's seven incompletions in the first half were more or equal to his total in eight games last season when he set an NCAA record with a 76.7 percent completion rate. Three came on dropped balls and he threw an interception.

There were a few other problems.

New starting tailback Vondrell McGee fumbled twice, likely putting his position in jeopardy despite rushing for a game-high 70 and a late touchdown. Until his two drops, Texas had gone 17 games without a lost fumble by a running back.

On defense, broken coverage led to Louisiana-Monroe's long touchdown pass in the second quarter. Trey Revell led the Warhawks with 197 yards passing.

"Colt wasn't as pleased with himself in the first half, but his standard is set really, really high," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "If we were great tonight, why practice any more? Opening games should be your worst."

While McCoy tries to break in young receivers, he and Shipley are as in-sync as ever. Granted a sixth year of eligibility after losing two seasons to injuries, Shipley had a career-high 180 yards on eight catches.

The 78-yard TD was the longest of his career and came after he easily beat the defender on a deep route.

"If I throw it up for him, he's going to get it," McCoy said.

And quarterback-turned-receiver John Chiles shook off an early drop to catch a 14-yard touchdown in the third.

McCoy finally came out early in the fourth with Texas leading 52-10. Freshman Garrett Gilbert, a former high school All-American, showed a bit of McCoy's style by completing 4 of 5 passes and capping his only drive with a 12-yard touchdown run.

"You always remember the first time you run out in the stadium," McCoy said. "I remember my first time. It's a good feeling."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ULM
TEX
1st Downs1733
Total Yards298562
Passing197363
Rushing101199
Penalties9-807-68
3rd Down Conversions5-159-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers33
Possession29:0430:56

Passing Leaders

Louisiana-MonroeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Revell14/301976.611
TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCoy21/2931710.921

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana-MonroeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Goodin15604.0131
Ambrose22512.5016
TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGee15704.7113
Monroe9647.1020

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana-MonroeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ambrose27738.5175
Jordan Jr.34816.0028
TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shipley818022.5178
Buckner56212.4030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERULMTEX
TD12:56Cody Johnson 1 Yd Run (Hunter Lawrence Kick) 07
TD08:53Cody Johnson 1 Yd Run (Hunter Lawrence Kick) 014
FG04:23Radi Jabour 24 Yd 314
SECOND QUARTERULMTEX
TD11:02Cody Johnson 1 Yd Run (Hunter Lawrence Kick) 321
TD10:05Luther Ambrose 75 Yd Pass From Trey Revell (Radi Jabour Kick) 1021
TD09:54D.J. Monroe 89 Yd Kickoff Return (Hunter Lawrence Kick) 1028
TD02:24Jordan Shipley 78 Yd Pass From Colt McCoy (Hunter Lawrence Kick) 1035
FG00:00Hunter Lawrence 32 Yd 1038
THIRD QUARTERULMTEX
TD11:51John Chiles 14 Yd Pass From Colt McCoy (Hunter Lawrence Kick) 1045
FOURTH QUARTERULMTEX
TD14:56Vondrell McGee 4 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick) 1052
FG11:28Radi Jabour 21 Yd 1352
TD07:16Garrett Gilbert 12 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick) 1359
TD02:55Frank Goodin 13 Yd Run (Radi Jabour Kick) 2059