No. 13 Texas’ Running Game Overruns Rice
HOUSTON (AP) _ Cedric Benson scored three touchdowns and backup Selvin Young had two more in a 41-point first half as No. 13 Texas found its running game and beat Rice 48-7 on Saturday night.
The Longhorns (2-1) were coming off a 38-28 loss to Arkansas, when they managed only 62 rushing yards.
After that game Texas players took a vow of silence to prepare for the four-touchdown underdog Owls (0-3). The results: 322 rushing yards on 53 carries against the Owls, who ranked 104th in rushing defense going into the game.
The Owls got inside the Longhorns 20 only twice and didn’t score until quarterback Greg Henderson’s 6-yard run with 5:18 to play.
Benson scored on runs of 2 and 17 yards and caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Chance Mock.
Mock also threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams, who became Texas’ career leader in receiving yards. He caught five passes for 69 yards in the game.
Benson played the first series of the third quarter and finished with 130 yards on 18 carries. Selvin Williams scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards to complete Texas’ big first half.
Mock was relieved for most of the second half by freshman Vincent Young, a former Houston Madison star. Mock was 8-of-8 for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
It took the Longhorns most of the first quarter to get rolling, with Benson opening the scoring on a 2-yard run with 2:17 left.
Selvin Young scored on a 4-yard run early in the second quarter, starting a string of 34 points by the Longhorns. Nathan Vasher set up two touchdowns with a 59-yard punt return and an interception.
Vasher’s punt return led to an 18-yard touchdown pass from Mock to Roy Williams, who caught a pass in his 37th consecutive game.