Texas looks good with either quarterback

Updated: October 19, 2003, 1:55 PM ET

AMES, Iowa -- Vince Young or Chance Mock. Chance Mock or Vince Young.

No matter which way he goes, Texas coach MackBrown feels he has a quarterback who can win.

Young started for the first time this season and Mock made the most of his chances as the Longhorns beat Iowa State 40-19 Saturday, a victory that moved them up one spot to 19th in the AP poll.

Brown wouldn't say if he'll rotate the two the rest of the season, but he certainly has some options. The rotation against Iowa State produced a season-high 578 yards, one week after the Longhorns were humiliated in a 65-13 loss to Oklahoma.

"We haven't talked about it yet. We're just happy we won," Brown said. "I thought they both responded really well and the best thing is, the team responded when they were in there. You couldn't tell the difference."

Young is a redshirt freshman who's amazingly nimble for someone 6-feet-5 and 225 pounds. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown, had a touchdown pass called back by a holding penalty and ran 10 times for 58 yards.

"I thought he did well," said running back Cedric Benson, who had a big game of his own with 140 yards in 32 carries and three touchdowns.

"He's always got things he can work on. But he handled the offense real well and is able to be a leader and that's real important."

Mock led drives that produced 13 points, taking the Longhorns (5-2, 2-1 Big 12) to both of Dusty Mangum's field goals and throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams.

Though Texas never was in danger of losing, the TD pass to Williams took the last of the starch out of the Cyclones (2-5, 0-3).

Iowa State had drawn to 33-19 with 8:23 left on Austin Flynn's 5-yard touchdown pass to Lane Danielsen and Flynn's 2-point conversion run. Mock then took Texas 80 yards to a touchdown in just three plays: a 50-yard pass to B.J. Johnson, a run by Benson that went nowhere and then the pass to Williams.

Mock finished 6-of-9 for 131 yards.

"I thought Chance played his best game,"Brown said.

Benson wasn't bad, either. His 32 carries were 14 more than he had in any game this season and his yardage was a season high as well. He had managed only 21 yards in 12 carries against Oklahoma.

"We came into the game wanting to run the ball and we succeeded," Benson said. "It was a great game plan and they fed it and fed it to me. The guys up front took over the game. I had a lot of space to work with."

The Longhorns also are feeling better about their defense, which was shredded for 552 yards by Oklahoma. Texas held Iowa State to 45 yards and had five sacks in taking a 27-0 halftime lead.

Iowa State did much better when Flynn, a better runner, replaced Cris Love at quarterback in the second half. The Cyclones finished with 277 yards.

"You knew they were going to do that,"Brown said. "They couldn't protect in the first half and they came back and started three-step drops and sprintout passes and running draws. That's all they did in the second half and it worked for them.

"Our guys decided to stop it in the fourth quarter and they did."

With the Oklahoma loss now safely behind them, the Longhorns should have no trouble winning at Baylor next Saturday. Then comes a nasty November and games with Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

"We've got a lot of things we can correct,"Brown said. "We took care of the ball much better and when we've done that, we've won. We'll continue to do that and continue to try to grow our defense."

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