Texas Tech Falls to No. 8 Texas, 51-21
Oct. 23, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Vince Young had a career-high 300 yards of total offense, ran for four touchdowns and threw for another to lead No. 8 Texas over Texas Tech 51-21 on Saturday night.
Young finished with a season-high 158 yards on 25 carries. He scored touchdowns on runs of 2, 2, 1 and 11 yards, and ran for 121 yards in the first half.
Cedric Benson, the nation's leading rusher coming in, finished with 168 yards on 38 carries and one touchdown for Texas (6-1, 3-1 Big 12).
Late in the first quarter he became the sixth player in NCAA Division I history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
Sonny Cumbie completed 34-of-51 passes for 403 yards and a touchdown for the Red Raiders (4-3, 3-2), but the numbers didn't produce many points.
The Longhorn offense was decidedly one-dimensional, running 71 rushing plays to 15 in the air. But when they did go the air, it was effective.
Young completed 10-of-15 passes for 142 yards, more than he had in the last two games combined. Against Missouri and No. 2 Oklahoma, he completed just 11 passes for 105 yards with two interceptions.
Texas, which came into the game ranked 29th nationally in total defense (309 yards) allowed Tech 386 yards.
Ahead 24-14 midway through the third quarter, Texas drove 80 yards on 13 plays on its first possession of the second half with Young getting a touchdown on a 1-yard run to make it 31-14.
Tech failed to get a first down on its next possession and punter Alex Reyes, kicking from the end zone, shanked his kick off the side of his foot for a 5-yard punt. Texas took over on the Tech 11 and on the next play Young got his fourth touchdown to put the Horns up 38-14.
Young's previous high for total yards was 287 last year in a 65-13 loss to Oklahoma. The last time he rushed for more than 100 yards was in a 31-7 win over Nebraska last season when he got 163 yards on 14 carries.
The Texas win was the second straight over Tech. Last year in Austin, Tech fell behind by 15 and struggled to try to come back in a 43-40 loss to the Longhorns.
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