Sept 27, 2003
By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas' quarterback duo provided plenty of offense as Chance Mock threw three touchdown passes and ran for another and Vince Young also ran and passed for scores in the first half of the 14th-ranked Longhorns' 63-18 victory over Tulane on Saturday night.
Cedric Benson ran for three touchdowns and Roy Williams caught two from Mock in the Longhorns' final tuneup for Big 12 play. Texas (3-1) plays its first conference game next Saturday against No. 16 Kansas State.
Mock started and scored Texas' first touchdown on a 1-yard run. Texas led 14-0 after the second drive when Williams took a short pass and shook three Tulane defenders with one spin move and a stiff arm for a 13-yard TD.
Then came Young, who rotated in every third series of the first half. A super-talented redshirt freshman who can run and pass, Young faked a handoff and ran 60 yards on his second snap, a play that eventually set up a 2-yard TD toss to David Thomas, Young's first scoring pass of the season.
Mock was 10-of-16 passing for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Young had 137 total yards with a rushing and passing TD.
Tulane came into the game with one of the nation's best passing attacks but never get started as Texas piled on the points.
Green Wave quarterback J.P. Losman, the nation's leading passer in yardage and touchdowns coming in, had 114 yards in the first half but it paled in comparison to the 387 total yards Texas rolled up before halftime.
Losman finished with 186 yards passing with two interceptions and one touchdown.
Mock threw scoring passes of 11 and 26 yards to Bo Scaife and Williams in the second quarter. Young shook two tackles in a 13-yard scramble up the middle for a TD that made it 35-6.
Tulane came in giving up an average of 204 yards on the ground. Texas had
211 by halftime in building a 49-6 lead. The only Texas drive of the half that
didn't score was stopped on the Tulane 14 on a fumble.
Williams, who shunned a chance to be a top 10 pick in the NFL draft after last season, has five touchdowns this season and has seven career multiple-TD games. He already is Texas' career receiving yardage leader with 3,161.
Tulane running back Mewelde Moore had 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns.