AUSTIN, Texas —Colt McCoy threw four touchdown passes, setting the Texas career record, and the No. 7 Longhorns romped to a 52-10 win over Rice on Saturday night.
McCoy finished with 329 yards passing and led the Longhorns (3-0) in rushing for the second time this season with 83 yards on eight carries. Jordan Shipley caught five passes for 155 yards and touchdowns of 30 and 60 yards in the first half for Texas.
McCoy’s 5-yard scoring toss to Quan Cosby in the third broke the previous record of 60 set by Major Applewhite from 1998-2001. Applewhite is now the Longhorns running backs coach.
A third-year starter as a junior, McCoy, who has 62 TD passes, could very well set just about every passing record at Texas by the time he’s done.
Jarett Dillard had 158 yards receiving and a touchdown to lead Rice (2-2), which has lost two in a row. The Owls had to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike’s smash through Houston last weekend that caused widespread damage and left millions in the nation’s fourth-largest city without power for several days.
All of Texas’ wins have come against teams from Conference USA and the Sun Belt and the Longhorns have won 38 of the last 39 games with Rice. Texas plays Arkansas next week in a game that was postponed two weeks because of the hurricane.
McCoy was 19-of-23 passing and even showed off a power running game. He scored Texas’ first touchdown when he lowered his helmet and shoulder pads to plow into Owls linebacker Terrance Garmon and safety Andrew Sendejo at the goal line. Those two outweigh McCoy by about 230 pounds but bounced off the quarterback as he bulled his way into the end zone.
Shipley’s long score came on a second-quarter flea flicker when Chris Ogbannaya took a handoff and pitched back to McCoy. Shipley was so wide open there wasn’t a defender within 15 yards of him.
The Texas defense continued its trend of bend-but-seldom-break. The young secondary, which ranks No. 98 in the country against the pass, again gave up big yards but minimal points, surrendering only a first quarter field goal and Dillard’s touchdown in the third quarter. Rice passed for 301 yards but the Longhorns also had seven sacks.
Rice drove inside the Texas 30 three times in the first half but came away only a single field goal. Late in the second quarter, the Owls got to the Texas 2 and took 11 snaps—Texas was twice called for pass interference in the end zone—but still couldn’t punch it in before a final incompletion on fourth down.