NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Texas (No. 2 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) relied on its defense against
The Longhorns handed the Green Wave their first shutout since
1995 and set up two offensive scores with turnovers in their 49-0
Selvin Young added three touchdowns, including a 71-yard punt
"Offensively, we just couldn't get any good rhythm. ... The
defense kept us in there,'' Chris Simms said.
Simms threw for 176 yards and two short touchdowns that gave
Texas (4-0) a 14-0 lead, but the Longhorns played a lackluster
first half and might have been in a tighter game if not for
Tulane's repeated mistakes.
Tulane (2-3) had a potential TD pass dropped, and another
overthrown. The Green Wave also got an illegal-substitution penalty
on fourth-and-inches, and a late hit gave Texas a first down after
Simms had come up 12 yards short on a third-down scramble.
"Offensively, we weren't in sync in the first half,'' Texas
coach Mack Brown said. "I thought if we'd been in sync, we'd have
probably been up by 28 or 31 as we normally are, but we didn't make
plays we normally make.''
A 15-yard TD run by Cedric Benson and Young's punt return
finally broke the game open in the third quarter.
Benson finished with 88 yards on 17 carries. Brown said he
wanted to rest Benson, who carried the ball a combined 68 times his
previous two games. He has 505 yards and five TDs in four games.
Simms completed 17 of 31 passes and was intercepted once. He
didn't play after teammate Cedric Griffith returned a blocked field
goal 56 yards for a touchdown to put Texas up 35-0 with a little
less than 10 minutes left.
"I thought (Tulane) played as long as they could play with
us,'' Brown said. "They just didn't have as many players as we
The Longhorns didn't get their first score until late in the
first quarter. It was set up when a pass by J.P. Losman was tipped
and intercepted by Reed Boyd at the Tulane 27. Three plays later,
Sloan Thomas took a screen pass into the end zone from 11 yards
Texas led only 7-0 late in the first half because it twice
failed to score inside the Tulane 15: first on a missed 30-yard
field goal, then on a fumbled snap by Simms. The Longhorns' next
score didn't come until the last minute of the half, when Simms hit
David Thomas on a 2-yard touchdown pass to cap a three-play,
48-yard drive. It was the freshman tight end's first college
With the score still 14-0 in the third quarter, Tulane seemed to
get a break when Simms threw a long pass that was intercepted by
Quentin Brown. But Brown fumbled during his return, giving Texas
the ball back at Tulane's 44.
Five plays later, Benson scored on a draw play.
Young followed with TD runs of 2 and 3 yards in place of Benson.
Both scores were set up by Tulane turnovers -- one fumble on a
kickoff return and an interception.
The Texas defense sacked Tulane quarterback J.P. Losman four
times. He was lifted for several possessions in the second half and
finished 13-of-29 for 127 yards and two interceptions.
Young finished with 66 yards on 12 carries.
The Longhorns held Tulane's best running back, Mewelde Moore, to
"When it's 49-0, there's not a lot of moral victories,'' Tulane
coach Chris Scelfo said. "We got dominated in all three phases of
the game. I was disappointed with our offensive production. We had
chances to make some plays, we just didn't make them.''
Texas now has two shutouts, including a 27-0 victory over North
"I was proud of our defense stopping Moore, as good as he is,''