12:30 PM ET, November 5, 2005
Floyd Casey Stadium, WACO, TX
WACO, Texas (AP) -- By land and by air, No. 2 Texas delivered the kind of statement game Mack Brown wanted.
"The message is we are one of the top two teams in the country," Brown said. "We won by 62, and that's without running it up. We have to enjoy this ride, enjoy this moment."
Receiver-turned-starting tailback Ramonce Taylor ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns to go along with a 42-yard TD catch, and Vince Young had 351 total yards as the Longhorns won their 16th straight game, 62-0 over Baylor on Saturday.
After needing a big comeback last week to beat Oklahoma State, and falling from first to second in the BCS standings, the Longhorns (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) had an easy time with Baylor.
Young, the Heisman Trophy contender who is 26-2 as the Longhorns' starter, was 16-of-27 for 298 yards and two TDs, and had 53 yards rushing on eight carries in just more than three quarters.
"He makes it look so easy, like everything is in slow motion," Brown said. "It just seemed like another workman day for him."
The 16-game winning streak is the longest for the Longhorns since they won a school-record 30 in a row from 1968-70. Only No. 1 USC had a longer active streak, 30 in a row going into its game late Saturday night against Stanford.
Unlike a week ago, when Texas had to overcome a 28-9 deficit to win 47-28 at Oklahoma State, the Longhorns were in control from the outset and won on the road for the 13th straight time.
"We played a phenomenal game," Young said. "We just want to keep that buzz in their ear that Texas is a good football team."
Before a chance to play in the Rose Bowl again, the Longhorns still have regular-season games left against Kansas and Texas A&M. They would also have to win the Big 12 title game.
Baylor (4-5, 1-5) has lost eight straight in the series and been outscored 203-14 the last four games, three of those shutouts. The Bears were also shut out for the second straight game, coming off a 28-0 loss to No. 16 Texas Tech last week.
"We're not in that league yet," said Baylor coach Guy Morriss, whose team has lost five of six games. "No more talk about turning the corner."
With Selvin Young sidelined by nagging injuries, Taylor got his first start at tailback, the position he played in high school and where he was in the spring for the Longhorns before being switched to receiver.
Jamaal Charles has also been banged up. He didn't start, but played and had two touchdowns while running 13 times for 72 yards.
On Texas' first offensive snap after halftime, Young faked a handoff to Taylor and rolled to his right. The quarterback then stopped, avoided a defender and threw back to Taylor, who was running alone down the field.
As he neared the end zone, Taylor did a Superman-like dive, drawing a 15-yard penalty. But that didn't hurt the Longhorns, who led 34-0 at the time.
"I got a little too excited," Taylor said. "I apologized to my team, and things worked out well after that."
After the penalty, Baylor got the ball at the 50, and had its best scoring chance. But Ryan Havens' 30-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Robert Killebrew.
Taylor's TD catch was the Longhorns' sixth one-play scoring drive this season. Taylor had scoring runs of 3 and 11 yards after that, with a 55-yard TD pass from Young to Quan Cosby in between.
"He's a gifted athlete, and just came out and played the game," Vince Young said of Taylor. "Him coming in at running back shows what kind of talent he has. He's getting better with his receiving routes, and getting better running the ball."
With Texas up 55-0 and already with 546 of their 645 total yards, Young and Taylor were finished. Little-used senior quarterback Matt Nordgren took over with 11:46 left, and scored on a 29-yard run on which he fumbled at the 15, but had the ball bounce back into his hands.
Terrance Parks got his second career start at quarterback for Baylor, ahead of the struggling Shawn Bell. He was 10-for-23 for 89 yards with two interceptions, and the Bears had only 201 total yards.
Charles got the game's first score on a 4-yard run. Charles' second TD came with 2:58 left in the first half, when he went wide to get away from a defender, then cut inside another to make it 20-0. Taylor added a 9-yard TD run before the half.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Texas arrived in Waco. Baylor couldn't find the end zone, while the Horns posted 21-second quarter points for a 27-0 halftime lead.
Gameball goes to... Starting tailback Ramonce Taylor, who rushed for 102 yards and three TDs and also caught a 42-yard TD from quarterback Vince Young.
Stat of the game... 16: The Longhorns' current winning streak, which marks their longest streak since a school-record 30 straight from 1968-70.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||10-14||2-13|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||0-0|
|TD||9:17||JAMAAL CHARLES 4 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||11:46||HENRY MELTON 1 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 32 yards.
|TD||2:58||JAMAAL CHARLES 7 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||1:27||RAMONCE TAYLOR 9 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 38 yards.
|TD||12:43||RAMONCE TAYLOR 42 YD PASS FROM VINCE YOUNG (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||4:22||RAMONCE TAYLOR 3 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||2:13||QUAN COSBY 55 YD PASS FROM VINCE YOUNG (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||13:45||RAMONCE TAYLOR 11 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 92 yards.
|TD||5:18||MATT NORDGREN 15 YD RUN (DAVID PINO KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 67 yards.