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Texas Christian falls flat to Texas

No. 7 Longhorns overcome a 10-0 deficit as defense comes alive in 34-13 win over No. 19 Horned Frogs.

September 09, 2007|From the Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Christian was selling "Beat Texas" T-shirts before the season started. If the No. 19 Horned Frogs were going to be taken seriously as one of the top teams in the country, it would start with a win over the Longhorns.

Surely there's a carwash or good charity out there looking for some rags no one wants.

Colt McCoy passed for a touchdown, set up another with a long run, and a dominant performance by its defense carried No. 7 Texas to a 34-13 win Saturday, turning TCU's hopes for an upset into a second-half disaster.

"We knew they would come in and try to make it their house," Texas linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy said. "We showed them it was our house."

McCoy, who threw two first-half interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, cut a 10-0 TCU lead in the third quarter with a 33-yard strike to Nate Jones. His 23-yard scramble early in the fourth set up the go-ahead score before the Longhorns started piling it on.

"You didn't want to touch me in the second quarter, I had some bad luck there," McCoy said. "I had Bible study the other morning, [and] you're going to get tested. You get tested, then you're blessed."

The Texas defense did the rest. Brandon Foster returned a fumble by TCU punter Derek Walsh for a touchdown and the Longhorns (2-0) held the Horned Frogs (1-1) to 251 total yards. TCU had only 17 yards and no first downs in the third quarter when Texas started surging.

Jones had eight catches for 91 yards, and Jamaal Charles had a 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

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