No. 2 Texas 66, Kansas 14
AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—If this is what happens when Vince Young gets mad, watch out.
Still steamed over comments Kansas coach Mark Mangino made after Texas beat the Jayhawks last year, Young passed for 281 yards and a career-high four touchdowns Saturday as the No. 2 Longhorns rolled to a 66-14 victory that clinched the Big 12 South Division title.
After misfiring on his first three passes, Young completed eight in a row with scoring strikes of 45, 64 and 29 yards in a victory that left Mangino praising the Longhorns this time.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been on a field where I have seen so many big, strong, fast, talented kids,” said Mangino, who called Young “phenomenal.”
Last year, Young’s late game heroics pulled out a 27-23 Texas win on the road. Mangino complained bitterly that his team had outplayed Texas but had been victimized by a late-game penalty and the Big 12 slapped him with a $5,000 fine.
Young said early in the week he felt Mangino’s comments last year had “disrespected” Texas and set out to make sure it didn’t happen again.
“When somebody talks about your coaches and players, it’s like someone talking about your mother,” Young said.
The Longhorns sprinted to a 52-0 lead by halftime in a game that was every bit as ugly as the score would suggest.
Texas (10-0, 7-0) held the Jayhawks (5-5, 2-5) to one first down in the first half and rolled up 618 total yards, 336 on the ground against the nation’s toughest run defense. The 52 points tied a school record for most points in a half.
The victory sends Texas to the Big 12 title game on Dec. 3 for the first time since 2001, although their fans are thinking well beyond that.
Television cameras showed several fans waving red roses and those who stayed until the end chanted “Rose Bowl!” and “Heisman!” as Young and the players left the field after their final home game of the season.
Young became Texas’ career total offense leader with 8,269 yards, breaking the school record of 8,059 set by Major Applewhite (1998-2001). He passed for 264 yards and all four TDs in the first half and left the game with five minutes to play in the third quarter.
“It’s great to break records, but I’m always giving respect to the guys who have been through it,” Young said.
Young started the avalanche of points with his 45-yard scoring toss to Limas Sweed on a deep route over the middle. The 6-foot-5 receiver jumped over 5-11 cornerback Theo Baines in the end zone for the touchdown.
Kansas’ Greg Heaggins fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Texas recovered at the Jayhawks’ 10. Texas’ second TD in 13 seconds made it 14-0 when Jamaal Charles weaved his way through four tacklers to reach the goal line on the next play.
Young hit Quan Cosby on another deep route for a 21-0 lead. A Kansas defensive back grabbed Cosby’s jersey to keep him from getting to the ball, but Cosby fought through the hold to grab the pass and streak to the end zone.
“His passing is night and day from last year,” Jayhawks linebacker Nick Reid said. “It was pretty embarrassing. They really put it to us.”
Texas then forced a punt and Aaron Ross took it straight up the middle of the field, dodging two tacklers as he went 71 yards on his second scoring return of the year.
By the time Texas led 28-0 in the first quarter, the Longhorns has as many touchdowns (four) as first downs. And the scoring was just getting started.
“Their whole focus was to stop the run,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “We started throwing the ball all over the place to let them know we were interested in winning the game.”
Ramonce Taylor scored on an 8-yard run in which he started left, turned around and reversed field before ducking under two tacklers at the goal line. Young’s third TD pass, 29 yards to tight end David Thomas, made it 42-0.
Young’s fourth scoring pass came when he rolled to his right on a bootleg before hitting freshman tight end Peter Ullman in the end zone. David Pino’s 35-yard field goal pushed the Longhorns over 50 points for third time in four games.
“We went out there and took care of the whole game, offense, defense and special teams,” Young said. “It showed how much we have.”