LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Vince Young answered his critics Saturday
He had a career-high 300 yards of total offense, ran for four
touchdowns and threw for another to lead Texas (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) over Texas
"I have a bunch of critics who say 'I can't do this' or 'I
can't do that," Young said. "It was my best game overall, a good
job playing quarterback and being a leader on the team and making
Young finished with a season-high 158 yards on 25 carries. He
scored touchdowns on runs of 2, 2, 1 and 11 yards, and ran for 121
yards in the first half.
Texas coach Mack Brown said Tech's defense was trying to make
the Longhorns pass.
"That kind of got Vince going. He was able to hit a few passes
and he had success running the ball outside," Brown said. "I felt
like going in, everybody felt like Texas Tech was going to win, and
that was probably good for us because it doesn't happen very often
when the University of Texas is an underdog. I thought we came out
and hit on all cylinders offensively."
Cedric Benson, the nation's leading rusher coming in, finished
with 168 yards on 38 carries and one touchdown for Texas (6-1, 3-1
Late in the first quarter he became the sixth player in NCAA
Division I history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive
Benson said the game was a "a great confidence builder" for
"You could see the way he was focused on making plays," Benson
said. "He slipped a few outside and he hit some passes. He looked
like the old Vince out there."
Sonny Cumbie completed 34-of-51 passes for 403 yards and a
touchdown for the Red Raiders (4-3, 3-2), but the numbers didn't
produce many points.
Brown said his defensive coaches came up with a good plan to
stymie Tech's offense.
"We wanted to keep them out of the end zone," Brown said. "We
knew that they would make some stuff underneath, but we wanted to
limit the big ones down the middle. They hit a couple of those
against us, but overall we did a good job."
Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson said the defense tried to keep
"We were disguising the blitz from one side and dropping back
in a zone on the other side," he said. "We did a lot of things on
defense that worked."
Tech coach Mike Leach, who did not make players available for
post-game interviews, said the team played sloppily and was
thinking about its 70-10 win over Nebraska two weeks ago.
"I tried to kid myself that we're better than that and that
we're going to improve," Leach said. "Right now we're not a team
that's mentally tough enough to draw from success and build on
The Longhorn offense was decidedly one-dimensional, running 71
rushing plays to 15 in the air. But when they did go the air, it
Young completed 10-of-15 passes for 142 yards, more than he had
in the last two games combined. Against Missouri and No. 2
Oklahoma, he completed just 11 passes for 105 yards with two
Texas, which came into the game ranked 29th nationally in total
defense (309 yards) allowed Tech 386 yards.
Ahead 24-14 midway through the third quarter, Texas drove 80
yards on 13 plays on its first possession of the second half with
Young getting a touchdown on a 1-yard run to make it 31-14.
Tech failed to get a first down on its next possession and
punter Alex Reyes, kicking from the end zone, shanked his kick off
the side of his foot for a 5-yard punt. Texas took over on the Tech
11 and on the next play Young got his fourth touchdown to put the
Horns up 38-14.
Young's previous high for total yards was 287 last year in a
65-13 loss to Oklahoma. The last time he rushed for more than 100
yards was in a 31-7 win over Nebraska last season when he got 163
yards on 14 carries.
The Texas win was the second straight over Tech. Last year in
Austin, Tech fell behind by 15 and struggled to try to come back in
a 43-40 loss to the Longhorns.
This time around, it was even close.
"If we have to get rid of some guys holding us back," he said,
"we'll darn sure do that."