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'Horns offense shreds Cyclones

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 24, 2006


AUSTIN, Texas - The only thing stopping the Texas offense Saturday was the weather. Iowa State sure couldn't do it.

Colt McCoy engineered another efficient game with two touchdown passes as No. 7 Texas beat Iowa State 37-14 in the conference opener for both.

Rain and lightning rolled through Austin at the end of the third, forcing a 70-minute delay. Texas led by 23 and had a long wait in the locker room figuring out how to avoid an Iowa State comeback.

"You're wondering what's going to happen with momentum," Texas coach Mack Brown said.

Not much at all, really.

Bret Meyer, Iowa State's career passing leader, threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns but spent most of the game running from a fierce pass rush. He was sacked seven times and intercepted twice.

Texas set a record with its 16th consecutive league win, surpassing Kansas State in 1997-98. Texas hasn't lost a Big 12 game at home since 1999.

The Longhorns needed only three plays to drive 43 yards to their first touchdown, a 5-yard run by Jamaal Charles, then got a safety when the Cyclones snapped a punt through the end zone. Texas tacked on another score with Selvin Young's 1-yard run for a 16-0 lead.

Meyer led the Cyclones back with two scoring drives that made it 16-14 early in the second. The first came on 5-yard shuffle pass when he was flushed out of pocket and flicked the ball to tight end Walter Nickel. After McCoy threw his second interception of the season, Meyer hit Todd Blythe for an 8-yard score.

But Iowa State, which came in giving up almost 27 points per game, could do nothing to stop Texas' no-huddle offense before the half.

McCoy, 18-of-23 for 212 yards, made up for his miscue with a 15-yard scoring pass to Limas Sweed. After the Longhorns forced a punt, they drove 75 yards for Henry Melton's 1-yard run that made it 30-14 at halftime.

The drive would have been over with an incompletion on third down at the Texas 22, but linebacker Rashawn Parker hit McCoy in the head after the throw for a 15-yard penalty.

No. 17 Oklahoma 59, Middle Tennessee 0

NORMAN, Okla. - Adrian Peterson scored three touchdowns and Malcom Kelly set a school receiving record for the Sooners. Peterson scored on runs of 3, 2 and 7 yards, the last giving Oklahoma a 45-0 halftime lead. He finished with 128 yards on 27 carries.

Kelly finished with 164 yards, fifth most in school history. He had 134 in the first quarter, 6 more than John Flynn's record for a quarter set Nov. 3, 1962. Kelly caught an 18-yard touchdown and set up Peterson's first score with a 73-yard reception.

No. 23 Nebraska 56, Troy 0

LINCOLN, Neb. - Marlon Lucky ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Cornhuskers' first shutout since 28-0 over Iowa State in 2003, a span of 32 games. Held to 211 yards in last week's loss to Southern Cal, Nebraska reached that early in the second quarter and finished with 597.

On the first series, Lucky hit the corner and accelerating past safety Tavares Williams for a 34-yard score.

Zac Taylor, after a 49-yard pass to Nate Swift on first and 35, found J.B. Phillips alone in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown. Lucky's 45-yarder came after he broke through a hole and outran cornerbacks Elbert Mack and Henry Chubb.

Kenny Wilson's 3-yard run ended a 12-play drive late in the half, and Lucky opened the third with a 51-yard touchdown up the middle.

Missouri 31, Ohio 6: Chase Daniel threw for two touchdowns and ran for one for the host Tigers, who are 4-0 for only the fifth time since 1925. Daniel hit Will Franklin for first-half touchdowns of 68 and 9 yards, and two blocked kicks, a field goal and extra point, helped Missouri lead 14-6 at halftime. Lorenzo Williams, who blocked the extra point, recovered an errant pitch by quarterback Austen Everson in the third, leading to Daniel's 5-yard run that made it 24-6.

Army 27, Baylor 20 (OT): Tony Moore converted a fourth down then scored the winning touchdown for the visiting Black Knights. Ryan Havens' 24-yard field goal with 45 seconds left tied it for the Bears. Army got the ball first in overtime and faced fourth and 1 from the 16. Moore appeared to bobble the handoff but gained 2. He picked up 10 on a screen then scored from 4 yards. Shawn Bell through incomplete on fourth and 6 from the 21 to end it.

Texas Tech 62, SE Louisiana 0: Graham Harrell threw for 245 yards and four touchdowns in the first half for the host Red Raiders. Tech scored on six of its first seven possessions, including touchdown passes of 9, 5, 7 and 6 yards, for a 42-0 halftime lead. Chris Todd started the second half and completed a 48-yard pass to Jarrett Hicks on his first play. Three plays later, Shannon Woods scored on a 5-yard run to put Tech up 49-0. Hicks made his season debut after missing three games due to academic problems.