Sunday, October 19, 2008

Big 12 Roundup: Texas torches Mizzou, 56-31



Eric Gay/AP Photo

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy celebrates after rushing for a touchdown. Texas embarrassed Missouri, 56-31, on Saturday night in Austin, Texas.

— A week after earning Texas' first regular-season No. 1 ranking since 1984 by knocking off Oklahoma, Colt McCoy and the Longhorns used a stunning blend of dominating offense and defense in the first half to crush No. 11 Missouri, 56-31, Saturday night.

It wasn't close. Not even for a little while.

The Longhorns (7-0, 3-0 Big 12) played as close to a perfect half of football as you could get, bolting to a 35-0 lead in front of a feverish record crowd of 98,383.

McCoy finished with 337 yards on 29-of-32 passing with two touchdowns, ran for two more and at one point completed a school-record 17 passes in a row.

No. 7 Texas Tech 43, Texas A&M; 25

College Station, Texas - Graham Harrell threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more to give Texas Tech its best start in 32 years.

Harrell completed 44 of 56 passes for 450 yards as the Red Raiders moved to 7-0 - 3-0 in the Big 12 - after beating A&M; for the seventh time in eight meetings.

A&M; gained outgained Texas Tech, 274-254, in the first half and led, 23-20, but mustered only 32 yards and five first downs in the second.

No. 8 Oklahoma State 34, Baylor 6

Stillwater, Okla. - Playing its first game as a top-10 team since 1985, No. 8 Oklahoma State made quick work of Baylor, scoring on four straight first-half possessions.

Dez Bryant had a career-high 11 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns and Keith Toston added two scoring runs as Oklahoma State (7-0, 3-0 Big 12) set up a showdown next Saturday at No. 1 Texas.

Nebraska 35, Iowa State 7

Ames, Iowa - Joe Ganz passed for 328 yards and a touchdown and Marlon Lucky ran for two more scores for Nebraska.

Nebraska (4-3, 1-2 Big 12) broke a three-game losing streak and avoided its first 0-3 start in conference play in 63 years.

It was just the second victory for the Cornhuskers in their last 10 Big 12 games.

Colorado 14, K-State 13

Boulder Colo. - Colorado found an answer to its quarterback troubles, turning to freshman Tyler Hansen, who sparked the Buffs to a victory.

Hansen, whose photo wasn't even included in Colorado's media guide and who was planning to redshirt this season, made a surprise appearance in the first quarter and energized the Buffs (4-3, 1-2 Big 12) while confusing the Wildcats (4-3, 1-2).


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