AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas won its ninth season opener in 10 games under Mack Brown in defeating Arkansas State, 21-13, Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 84,440 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The Longhorns got out of the gates quickly with a solid 38-yard kickoff return by Quan Cosby that allowed them to start their opening drive at their 44-yard line. Six plays later, QB Colt McCoy found WR Limas Sweed on a 35-yard TD pass for a 7-0 lead.
Following an Arkansas State field goal, Texas drove to the ASU 33-yard line before Colt McCoy quick kicked a punt to pin ASU at its own 6. The defense responded with a three-an-out for critical field position and Cosby again made an impact in the return game with a 30-yard punt return that set the Longhorns up at the Arkansas State 16.
It took the offense one play to strike again, as McCoy found FB Antwan Cobb on the right side for a 16-yard TD reception, the first catch of his career. For the game, McCoy was 22-of-33 for 223 yards and two TDs.
Nine of those completions went to WR Nate Jones for 72 yards, both of which were career highs for Jones. Sweed led the team in receiving yards with 93.
The score remained 14-3 until three minutes left in the third quarter as RB Jamaal Charles found the end zone on a 10-yard run. Charles rushed 112 yards on 27 carries. He moved up four spots on UT's all-time rushing list to 16th with 1,821 yards. He moved past Selvin Young (1,713), Shon Mitchell (1,724), Gib Dawson (1,724) and Byron Townsend (1,783).
After a second field goal, Arkansas State scored on its final possession of the game to provide the final margin of 21-13.
Defensively, the Longhorns tallied four sacks and nine tackles for loss, led by DT Frank Okam, who registered 1.5 sacks and three TFL as part of his five tackles. DE Eddie Jones picked off a second quarter pass that ended an ASU scoring threat.