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NCAA Game Summary - Texas at Colorado

(Saturday, October 30th)

Final Score: (8) Texas 31, Colorado 7

Boulder, CO (Sports Network) - Cedric Benson ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns while Vince Young added two rushing scores, as eighth-ranked Texas routed Colorado, 31-7, at Folsom Field.

Young, who was recently named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, completed 8-of-15 passes for 71 yards and gained 68 yards on 15 carries for Texas (7-1, 4-1 Big 12), which has won three straight after suffering its only loss of the season -- a 12-0 setback to No. 2 Oklahoma on October 9.

"It's redundant, but we told our guys keep playing," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "We'll go over it tomorrow and see what it looks like."

Benson leads the Big 12 in rushing and came into the game ranked second in the nation with an average of 165 yards per contest. He carried the ball 32 times while Ramonce Taylor rushed 11 times for 84 yards for the Longhorns, who amassed 324 yards on the ground.

"We got off to a rough start," Benson said. "We knew we had to turn the game back around. We didn't want it to get out of hand. We started to get that running game going and settle in."

Terrence Wheatley returned an interception for a 37-yard score to provide the lone points for Colorado (4-4, 1-4), which has dropped two in a row and four of five. Joel Klatt ended 17-of-28 for 142 yards passing for the Buffaloes, who finished the game with minus-4 yards rushing.

Trailing 7-0, the Longhorn offense exploded by scoring 31 unanswered points to break the game open. On its first offensive series of the second quarter, Texas started from its own nine-yard line and methodically marched all the way to the Buffaloes' one. The time consuming 12-play, 91-yard drive was capped by Young's short TD run with 5:32 left in the second.

After holding Colorado to a three-and-out, Texas struck again late in the half to take the lead for good.

Benson's two-yard touchdown run ended a 10-play, 68-yard drive that staked the Longhorns to a 14-7 lead as both teams headed into the locker room. The key play of the drive was David Thomas' 20-yard reception that brought the ball into Colorado territory.

Texas' defense set up its next 14 points of the day.

Klatt was sacked by Michael Griffin, who forced a fumble that was recovered by Aaron Harris deep in Colorado territory. Three plays later, Young scampered into the end zone from nine-yards out, staking the Longhorns to a commanding 21-7 lead with 12:21 left in the third.

On Colorado's ensuing possession, Griffin came up huge defensively again. Klatt's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and Griffin grabbed the ball in the air for the interception. Texas continued to establish the run and five straight running plays later, Benson rushed up the gut for a six-yard score and a 28-7 cushion at the 8:39 mark of the third.

A 33-yard field goal by Dusty Mangum with 2:20 left in the third closed out the scoring.

Colorado used its defense to take an early 7-0 lead in the first. On the Longhorns' second possession of the day, Young's first pass attempt of the game was picked off by Wheatley. The sophomore cornerback returned the interception down the left sideline for a 37-yard score and a 7-0 lead with 8:50 left in the stanza.

Game Notes

Texas improved to 22-0 all-time when Benson rushes for 100 or more yards...The Longhorns have won 20 of their last 21 road games (not including neutral-site contests) and improved to 25-6 on the road under Mack Brown...Texas came into the game averaging 301.7 yards rushing per contest -- second best in the country...Benson's effort put him over the 5,000-yard rushing mark for his career. Benson caught two balls and has 58 catches in his career. He is just four shy of tying Darron Norris (1985-88) for fifth place on the school's all- time receptions list.

10/30 21:33:25 ET

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