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
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
"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
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
"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