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NCAA Game Summary - Kansas at Texas



(Saturday, November 12th)

Final Score: (2) Texas 66, Kansas 14

Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Vince Young threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns as second-ranked Texas clinched a spot in the Big 12 Championship game with a dominating 66-14 victory over Kansas at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Ramonce Taylor rushed for 96 yards and a pair of scores and Young completed 19-of-27 passes as the Longhorns (10-0, 7-0 Big 12) recorded their 17th consecutive win and wrapped up the Big 12's South Division.

"For the guys that have been here for four or five years, this is something we haven't accomplished before," said defensive tackle Rod Wright, one of 31 Texas seniors playing in his final home game. "Sitting on the 10th game and having 10 wins already and clinching the South, it feels great."

Texas overmatched the Jayhawks on both sides of the football and held a whopping 52-0 lead at halftime. The Longhorns put up 336 yards on the ground against the nation's top-ranked run defense and held Kansas (5-5. 2-5) to 267 total yards and nine first downs.

"I do not think I have ever been on a field where I have seen so many big, strong, fast and talented kids," said Jayhawks head coach Mark Mangino of the Longhorns. "We did not play as well as we should have, but a lot of that had to do with Texas. They bring guys off the bench that most people wish they had as starters on their team."

Henry Melton added 73 rushing yards on seven attempts and Jamaal Charles ran eight times for 70 yards and a touchdown in the triumph.

Clark Green finished with 69 yards on 11 carries and Jon Cornish had a 59-yard touchdown run for the Jayhawks, who need to win next Saturday's season-finale with Iowa State to become bowl eligible. Quarterback Jason Swanson recorded just 148 yards on 17-of-35 passing and was intercepted once.

After going three-and-out on their first two possessions of the game, the Longhorns produced touchdowns the next six times they had the ball to build a 42-0 lead with still over 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

Young started the scoring when he hit Limas Sweed in stride for a 45-yard score midway through the first quarter. Kansas' Greg Heaggans would fumble away the ensuing kickoff on his own 10-yard line, and Charles burst into the end zone on the very next play for a 14-0 advantage with 7:40 left in the period.

The Longhorns then forced a quick punt and again struck quickly. Young found Quan Cosby with a deep pass down the right sideline for a 61-yard touchdown three minutes after Charles' score.

"I do not have a vote, but to me he looked like a Heisman trophy guy tonight," said Mangino on Young. "What is so impressive about him is that he throws from his hip and is right on the money."

Texas' special teams would get into the act. After Kansas again failed to muster a first down on its next series, the Longhorns' Aaron Ross fielded Kyle Tucker's punt at the 29-yard line, broke free up the middle and scampered 71 yards for a 28-0 lead with 2:29 to go in the first quarter.

The 'Horns put together their first extended drive of the day upon getting the ball back after another Kansas three-and-out.

Charles ripped off a 20-yard run into Jayhawks' territory and later rumbled on third down to keep the ball moving. Texas would get a 1st-and-goal when KU's Aquib Talib was called for interference on Sweed and Taylor took it in from eight yards out to cap a nine-play, 87-yard march.

The Longhorns would get a short field following another defensive stop early in the second quarter and needed just three plays to find paydirt again. Young connected with David Thomas on a crossing route for a 29-yard touchdown that extended the margin to 42 points with 10:19 still to play before halftime.

Thomas ended with four receptions for 76 yards.

Ross' interception of Swanson and 31 yard return inside the Kansas five set up Young's third scoring pass, a three-yard toss to reserve tight end Peter Ullman that made the score 49-0 late in the second quarter.

Texas would put up more points before intermission on David Pino's 35-yard field goal in the final minute. A 12-yard run by Taylor and a 23-yard reception by Billy Pittman got the 'Horns inside the 15 before the Jayhawk defense held.

Kansas mustered a mere 29 yards in the first half and registered only one first down.

The Jayhawks would get on the scoreboard when Cornish broke through off left tackle and sprinted down the sideline for a 59-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage of the second half.

Texas countered with a mammoth 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive that consumed over 7 1/2 minutes. The Longhorns converted three third downs on the series and Taylor ran six times for 40 yards, including a 12-yarder for his second TD of the afternoon.

Young was rested the rest of the way, but backup Eric Nordgren had his first pass attempt picked off by Kevin Kane, who returned the ball 18 yards to the UT 28. Two plays later, Brandon McAnderson delivered a 15-yard touchdown run to bring the Jayhawks within 59-14 with 3:34 left in the third quarter.

Texas' final touchdown drive, an eight-play, 78-yard march that was all runs, ended on Selvin Young's 21-yard score seven seconds into the fourth quarter.

Game Notes

From the second half of the Longhorns' 47-28 win at Oklahoma State two weeks ago to the first half of this game, Texas outscored its opponents 148-0 over an eight-quarter span..Kansas entered the contest allowing just 64.1 rushing yards per game and had allowed two rushing touchdowns over its last 10 outings...Young surpassed Major Applewhite (8,059 yards) as UT's all-time total offense leader. He now has 8,269 career total yards...The Longhorns posted their 15th straight win at Royal Memorial Stadium...Texas has won the last six meetings between the schools. Kansas' last win in the series came in 1938.

11/12 22:16:57 ET


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