NCAA Game Summary - UTEP at Texas|
(Saturday, September 26th)
Final Score: (2) Texas 64, UTEP 7
Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Colt McCoy threw for three touchdowns and 286
yards on 28-of-35 efficiency in less than three quarters of play, as second-
ranked Texas had its way with the Miners of Texas-El Paso, 64-7.
McCoy threw a pair of TDs to Dan Buckner, while Jordan Shipley caught 10 balls
for 122 yards and a score. The Heisman candidate also threw an interception
that Melvin Stephenson returned for UTEP's only points of the lopsided affair.
Vondrell McGree rushed for 104 yards and a score on eight carries for Texas
(4-0), which set a school record with its 16th consecutive non-conference win
one week after surviving its Big 12 opener against Texas Tech.
Trevor Vittatoe couldn't get anything going for the Miners, throwing four
interceptions and losing a fumble while connecting on just 7-of-21 throws for
38 yards. Donald Buckram gained 46 yards on nine carries, as UTEP (1-3), which
was coming off a win over New Mexico State last weekend, was outgained 639-53.
"They're ranked No. 2 for a reason," Vittatoe said. "They have a really good
defense, good up front and good coverage. I think a couple of the
interceptions I had, I was trying to force it, trying to make a play."
Unlike the first three games of the season, the Longhorns got out to a fast
start and maintained that pace throughout.
Vittatoe fumbled on the game's opening possession, and Tre' Newton's three-
yard score made it 7-0 early on.
Stephenson stepped in front of a McCoy pass on Texas' next touch and took it
49 yards the other way to tie things. It was the only highlight for the
visitors, as D.J. Monroe returned the ensuing kickoff for a 91-yard score.
Hunter Lawrence missed the extra point but nailed a 20-yard field goal after a
bad snap on a UTEP punt attempt set the hosts up at the opposing six-yard line
midway through the opening frame.
Vittatoe's next pass was picked off by Earl Thomas, and Buckner had a 36-yard
catch-and-run for a 23-7 lead with 4:19 still left in the opening quarter.
The Longhorns stepped on the gas in the second frame. Lawrence added a 19-yard
field goal, Shipley caught a 16-yard touchdown midway through and McGee
rumbled 23 yards for a score with 2:45 left in the half.
After a three-and-out, Shipley returned a punt 52 yards into in the red zone,
and Buckner caught a 15-yard bullet from McCoy for a 47-7 margin at the break.
Texas continued to move the ball in the third. After Lawrence hit a 21-yard
field goal just over six minutes into the second half, Garrett Gilbert took
over as QB and helped Texas go up 57-7 on Cody Johnson's 18-yard scamper.
Yet another Vittatoe interception resulted in a 13-yard Foswhitt Whittaker
touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter, and both teams
essentially sat on the ball the rest of the game.
"It was a dominating win," Longhorns head coach Mack Brown said. "It was fun
to see our guys play hard, and they played well in all three phases. When you
force turnovers like that, games get out of control."
It was McCoy's 21st straight game with a touchdown pass...This was UTEP's
first meeting in Austin since 1933...Buckner finished with six catches for 71
yards...Gilbert ended 5-of-6 for 49 yards...Texas made 32 first downs,
compared to seven for the Miners.
09/26 22:40:55 ET