AUSTIN (AP) — Colt McCoy passed for a touchdown, set up another with a long run, and a dominant performance by the Texas defense carried the No. 7 Longhorns to a 34-13 win over No. 19 TCU Saturday night.
McCoy, who threw two first-half interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, cut a 10-0 TCU lead in the third quarter with a 33-yard strike to Nate Jones. His 23-yard scramble early in the fourth set up the go-ahead score before the Longhorns started piling it on.
The Texas defense did the rest. Brandon Foster returned a fumble by TCU punter Derek Walsh for a TD and the Longhorns (2-0) held the Horned Frogs (1-1) to 251 total yards. TCU had just 17 yards and no first downs in the third quarter when Texas started surging.
Jones had eight catches for 91 yards and Jamaal Charles tacked on a 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter with just under three minutes left. McCoy finished 25-of-38 for 239 yards. Charles finished with 134 yards, most coming in the second half.
The loss was a bitter disappointment for TCU, which came in with a five-game winning streak over Big 12 teams and chip-on-the-shoulder visions of more payback for a league that snubbed the Horned Frogs in the mid-1990s.
A win might have catapulted the Horned Frogs into this season’s “BCS busters” and the school even sold “Beat Texas” T-shirts before the season started.
McCoy’s shaky start led to TCU’s early lead and had the purple-clad Horned Frogs fans sprinkled throughout the stadium thinking they might get the upset.
Torrey Stewart faked a blitz, then dropped off and snagged an easy interception. From there, it was a race to the end zone. Linebacker Jason Phillips got a good block on the McCoy, leaving Stewart to run straight toward a large section of TCU fans.
Another interception by David Roach set up Chris Manfredini’s 19-yard field goal.
Shut out in the first half, Texas got untracked in the third quarter, rolling up nearly 150 yards and keeping the Horned Frogs off the field. TCU didn’t have a first down in the second half until midway through the fourth.
On his TD pass, McCoy rolled to his right to avoid the rush, then floated an easy pass to Jones who was dragging across the middle of the end zone.
Texas had tied it 10-10 before McCoy’s long run set up the go-ahead score. Dropping back to pass, he saw the middle come open and took off running to the TCU 1.
Vondrell McGee punched in the TD two plays later.