AUSTIN (AP) — Colt McCoy passed for 333 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 7 Texas to an easy 58-14 win over Rice on Saturday night in the Longhorns’ last game before the start of the Big 12 schedule.
Limas Sweed caught five passes for 139 yards with touchdowns of 52 and 24 yards as the Longhorns (4-0) pounded out any lingering frustrations after three close wins and a wave of bad publicity surrounding player arrests and suspensions in recent weeks.
Texas led the Owls (0-4) 41-0 in the second quarter. The final score could have been much worse but McCoy and most of Texas starters were on the bench after the first series of the third.
Even then, freshman quarterback John Chiles quickly drove the Longhorns to another TD, rushing for 49 yards on an eight-play scoring drive in his first action of the season.
This game won’t be considered much of a measuring stick for the Longhorns — Rice’s offense ranks among the worst in the country — but it was sure to massage the ego of a team that struggled through games against Arkansas State, TCU and Central Florida and left some wondering if they were overrated.
Rice was inept in just about every phase, even when Texas handed the Owls the ball. Two punts traveled 15 yards or less and when Jamaal Charles fumbled on the second play of the game, the Owls went backwards 14 yards before missing a 50-yard field goal.
McCoy struggled at times in the first three games but was sharp in this one, passing for 295 yards in the first half and hitting Sweed for the two long TDs in the second quarter.