Miners Fall to No. 2 Longhorns, 64-7
Sept. 26, 2009f
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy and No. 2 Texas got the fast start they had been missing in recent weeks, rolling to a 40-point lead by halftime before cruising to a 64-7 win Saturday over UTEP.
McCoy passed for 286 yards and three touchdowns, two to Danf Buckner. The Longhorns (4-0) also pressured UTEP (1-3) into five turnovers.f
Freshman D.J. Monroe's first-quarter 91-yard kickoff return broke a 7-7 tie, and Texas would lead from that point on.
This one came seconds after UTEP's Melvin Stephenson II returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown.
McCoy was sharp after the interception with TD passes of 36 and 15 yards to Buckner and 16 yards to Jordan Shipley, as Texas fbuilt a 47-7 halftime lead. McCoy left the game after Texas' first possession of the third quarter.
Vittatoe was 7 of 21 for 38 yards with four interceptions and a fumble for UTEP (1-3).
Texas held UTEP to seven first downs and 53 total yards.
Sergio Kindle sacked Vittatoe on the fifth play of the game, causing a fumble that set up the Longhorns' first touchdown on a 3-yard run by Tre' Newton.
McCoy then made his only mistake when Stephenson jumped inside Shipley for an easy interception and scampered untouched toward a large group of Miners fans behind a corner of the end zone.
Monroe doused the moment of fun with his record return TD.
Monroe took the kickoff, broke into open field to his left and UTEP kicker Kyle Peterson wasn't going to catch the former Texas high school 100 meters champion.
McCoy and Buckner have connected for touchdowns in three straight games and their first against UTEP made it 23-7. His scoring pass to Shipley made it 33-7 before tailback Vondrell McGee, who had lost his starting position to Newton, took a pitch from McCoy and scrambled 23 yards for a score.
McCoy hooked up with Buckner again. This time, it was a nifty one-handed grab over two defenders a minute before halftime for Buckner's fourth touchdown of the season.
McCoy drove Texas to a 21-yard field goal by Hunter Lawrence that made it 50-7 before he was relieved by freshman Garrett Gilbert on Texas' second possession of the third quarter.