Texas 69, Stanford 17
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ There were no disastrous breakdowns for Texas this time, just total domination of an overwhelmed Stanford defense.
Quarterback Major Applewhite passed for 353 yards in three quarters and Texas scored touchdowns on its first six possessions to roll over Stanford 69-17 Saturday.
It was the most points surrendered by Stanford since a 72-0 loss to UCLA in 1954.
Kwame Cavil had 180 yards receiving and two TDs on six catches for Texas (1-1) and tailback Victor Ike added three 1-yard touchdown runs.
A week after having three punts blocked in a 23-20 loss to North Carolina State, Texas wasn’t forced to punt until late in the second quarter. Ryan Long got the kick off with ease, earning one of the biggest cheers of the game from the crowd of 80,654.
The Longhorns even turned the tables on special teams with a punt block of their own in the first quarter.
With Texas leading 7-0 and Stanford facing fourth-and-6 from its 15, Terrol Dillon broke up the middle to block Sean Tolpinrud’s punt. Tyrone Jones recovered the loose ball at the Stanford 1 and Ike scored his first touchdown three plays later to put Texas up 14-0.
Applewhite was hot from the start, hitting wideout Montrell Flowers deep for a 54-yard touchdown on the Longhorns’ fifth play from scrimmage.
Cavil added a 78-yard touchdown on a first-quarter catch-and-run off a quick slant. He stiff-armed safety Tank Williams at midfield to break free and give the Longhorns a 21-7 lead.
Applewhite and Cavil connected on 9-yard TD pass and Ike scored twice in the second quarter as Texas built a 48-10 halftime lead.
Applewhite was 17-of-27 before giving way in the fourth quarter to freshman Chris Simms, son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms. He was 3-of-7 for 27 yards and a TD.
Stanford quarterback Todd Husek, who passed for 3,092 yards in 1998, finished 15-of-39 for 205 yards and one touchdown, a 37-yarder to DeRonnie Pitts in the first quarter.
Stanford, which returned 10 starters on defense, found few answers under new defensive coordinator Kent Baer. Stanford gave up an average of 444 yards a game in 1998 and on Saturday was victimized by Texas for 558.
Even when Texas made a mistake, it only furthered Stanford’s frustration.
Leading 41-7 late with under a minute left in the half, Texas lined up for a 21-yard field goal. Holder Beau Trahan, a reserve defensive back, bobbled the snap but picked it up, faked a Stanford defender and stumbled four yards into the end zone for a touchdown.