October 13, 2007
By PA SportsTicker
(23) TEXAS 56, IOWA STATE 3
AMES, Iowa (Ticker) -- Colt McCoy and Texas finally picked up a conference win.
McCoy passed for a season-high four touchdowns and ran for another score Saturday as the 23rd-ranked Longhorns rolled to their first Big 12 Conference victory this season, a 56-3 thrashing of Iowa State.
It was the first win since September 22 for Texas (5-2, 1-2 Big 12 South), which lost to rival Oklahoma in last week's annual "Red River Rivalry." The loss came seven days after the Longhorns suffered a 41-21 setback to Kansas state in Austin - the school's worst home loss under coach Mack Brown.
McCoy was one of the main culprits in the loss to Kansas State, tossing four interceptions. The sophomore bounced back with a solid performance last week against Oklahoma and was brilliant in this contest, completing 23-of-29 passes for 304 yards with no interceptions.
The 205-pound McCoy also contributed on the ground with a 44-yard TD run late in the third quarter, the longest run of his career.
With star wide receiver Limas Sweed sidelined due to a season-ending wrist injury, McCoy turned to senior wideout Nate Jones, who had eight catches for a career-high 137 yards.
McCoy tossed three TD passes in the first half, including a pair of scoring strikes to Jordan Shipley. Jamaal Charles ran for an eight-yard TD in the second quarter for Texas, which carried a 28-3 lead into the break.
Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer struggled all day, finishing 17-of-33 for 111 yards with two interceptions.
Jason Scales rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries for the Cyclones (1-6, 0-3 North), who fell to 0-7 all-time against Texas.
OKLAHOMA STATE 45, NEBRASKA 14
LINCOLN, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Suddenly, things have turned ugly in Nebraska.
Oklahoma State scored on its first six possessions and rolled to a 45-14 victory over the Cornhuskers, who suffered their worst home loss in nearly five decades.
It was Nebraska's most lopsided defeat at home since a 31-0 setback to Missouri in 1958.
In the last two weeks, the Cornhuskers (4-3, 1-2 North) have been outscored, 86-20. Last week, they were routed at Missouri, 41-6.
Darrell Savage rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as Oklahoma State (4-3, 2-1 North) snapped a 20-game losing streak in Lincoln, dating to 1960.