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
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.
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