10/14/2006

No. 6 Texas 63, Baylor 31
Jim Vertuno, Associated Press

Jermichael Finley
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Colt McCoy set a Texas record with six touchdown passes and the No. 6 Longhorns recovered from an early 10-point deficit to roll over Baylor 63-31 Saturday night, seizing sole possession of first place in the Big 12 South.

McCoy's sixth scoring pass, a 50-yard strike to Limas Sweed in the fourth quarter, broke the school record of five held by James Brown (1994) and Chris Simms (2001).

McCoy finished with a career-high 275 yards. Sweed and Billy Pittman each caught two touchdowns.

What started as a tough game turned into a rout by the end as the Longhorns (6-1, 3-0), shut out in the first quarter, scored two defensive touchdowns and passed the 60-point mark against Baylor for the second year in a row.

Shawn Bell passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns and even caught one on a trick play in the third quarter for Baylor (3-4, 2-1).

The upstart Bears came in tied with Texas for first place in the division and cornerback C.J. Wilson predicted an "I-35 Surprise" that would shake up the league.

And for 15 minutes, anything looked possible.

The Bears hit a 67-yard touchdown pass on their first play, stuffed the Longhorns' offense on the first three series and looked primed to pull off a huge upset until McCoy started firing touchdown passes.

Bell stunned the home crowd when he faked a handoff, paused, then launched a perfect strike to Trent Shelton. Bell followed the play with both hands pointing upside down hook'em horns signs.

Ryan Havens then kicked a 27-yard field goal and Baylor, shut out by Texas three of the last four years, led 10-0 before the Longhorns knew what hit them.

Then everything changed with a sack and a fumble.

Tim Crowder sacked Bell, the ball popped out and Texas recovered on the Baylor 29. Three plays later, McCoy hit Pittman for a 24-yard TD for Texas' first score.

The Longhorns forced three turnovers in the second quarter, turning them all into touchdowns. For his part, McCoy kept putting it up and his receivers kept finding the end zone. Three of his TD passes covered 24 yards or more.

Tight end Jermichael Finley made it 14-10 when McCoy scrambled to his left, waited at the sideline, then threw into coverage. Finley bailed him out when he plucked the ball out of Wilson's hands for the touchdown.

Wilson, so bold with his prediction earlier in the week, also got burned on Sweed's long TD in the fourth.

Matt Melton returned an interception 34 yards for a score and McCoy's third TD pass made it 28-10 at halftime.

The Longhorns kept piling on the points in the second half to snuff any chance of a Baylor shocker.

After Bell cut the Texas lead to 28-17 with his TD catch, McCoy went right back to work. His fourth scoring pass covered 19 yards to Sweed and the rout was on.


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