STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- With Texas in a 19-point hole, Vince
Young responded with a record-breaking performance to save the day
-- and the season -- for the Longhorns.
Young rushed for a career-high 267 yards and passed for 239
yards, setting a school record for total offense in a game, as No.
2 Texas scorched Oklahoma State in the second half for a third
straight season in a 47-28 win Saturday night.
"The guy's a character," Texas tight end Neale Tweedie said of
Young. "He's so confident and he just knows he's going to make
something happen. It's just a matter of time."
Only a week after Missouri's Brad Smith became the first player
in Division I-A history to have at least 230 yards rushing and
passing in one game, Young matched the feat and accounted for four
touchdowns, two on the ground and two through the air.
In the past three meetings with Oklahoma State, the Longhorns
have outscored the Cowboys 118-0 in the second half and trailed at
halftime in each game.
Texas came back from a 35-7 deficit last season, scoring 42
unanswered points in the second half of a 56-35 win in Austin. A
year earlier, the Cowboys led 16-14 in Stillwater before the
Longhorns reeled off 41 consecutive points.
This time, the Longhorns (8-0, 5-0) trailed by nearly three
touchdowns before rallying to stay on track to earn a spot in the
Rose Bowl and play for a national title.
"We did not even start off flat," Young said. "If you watch
film, we were playing our game. It was because they were pumped and
they were excited, especially being at home in front of their fans.
Who's not going to be excited playing the No. 1 team in the nation?
"As a team, we decided that we had to shut these guys up and
that is what we did."
The Longhorns passed defending national champion Southern
California by .0007 this week for the top spot in the Bowl
Championsip Series standings.
After struggling against the last-place Cowboys (3-5, 0-5) -- the
only Big 12 team without a conference win -- the Longhorns might
have opened the door for third-place Virginia Tech to close the gap
in the BCS standings, but the late rally could limit the damage.
Young ignited the comeback with an 80-yard touchdown scramble on
the third play of the second half and added an 8-yard TD run late
in the third quarter to bring the Longhorns within 28-26. He then
found Tweedie open for his first career touchdown on a 21-yard post
pattern to give Texas a 34-28 lead.
"We were into the wind, we were backed up, we were third-and-10
and what a great play, what a great run," Texas coach Mack Brown
said. "Talk about Heisman Trophy winners. That's a highlight reel
for a Heisman Trophy right there."
Ramonce Taylor, who entered after Jamaal Charles and Selvin
Young cramped up, added touchdown runs from 57 and 12 yards in the
fourth quarter to seal the win.
Earlier, Young threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to David Thomas to
give him the most touchdown catches for a tight end in Texas
history with 13. Young was 15-for-30 passing and also set a school
records for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback.
"Everything Vince does is great for our team," Texas safety
Michael Griffin said. "He turned this game around. Vince does
things that I think not too many people can do."
Young ran for 133 yards on 12 first-half carries, but that was
overshadowed by his two turnovers and two unique connections
between Al Pena and D'Juan Woods for Oklahoma State scores.
The Cowboys caught the Longhorns off-guard on a fourth-and-1 on
their second possession when they broke the huddle quickly with
three backs, snapped the ball immediately and Pena faked a handoff
to Julius Crosslin up the middle before tossing a 49-yard touchdown
pass to Woods, who was 15 yards beyond the nearest defender.
After a Young fumble late in the first half, Pena zipped a pass
to Luke Frazier, but it deflected into the air and Woods snagged it
with his right hand and zoomed into the end zone for a 30-yard
score and a 28-9 Cowboys lead.
"They had nothing to lose," Brown said. "They had played
fairly poorly the last couple of weeks. Everybody said they've got
no chance, and they've got good players.
Pena also capitalized on a Young interception in the first
quarter by scoring on a 17-yard option run one play later. Pena,
who had thrown eight interceptions and lost two fumbles in his
first two starts since replacing the injured Bobby Reid, finished
with 152 yards on 12-for-27 passing.
Mike Hamilton ran for a career-high 194 yards on 31 carries for
"We don't accept losing, but the way our team fought tonight
against what I think is the best team in college football, I was
very proud of it," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. "I thought we
had excellent game plans on both sides of the ball. They worked for
us in the first half, and early in the fourth quarter we got worn
down a little bit."
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