AUSTIN, Texas – It was as if the University of Arkansas brought a toothpick to a knife fight here on Saturday.
Colt McCoy passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 7 Texas scored on its first four possessions and seven of its first eight while dismantling the Razorbacks 52-10 Saturday before 97,833 fans at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.
"Texas beat us in every way," Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said. "Physically, they were a little stronger than we were definitely. They out-executed us. We couldn't get anything going offensively and we when we did, we missed the field goal and couldn't get the ball in the end zone. Defensively we had a heck of a time getting off the field. We have to give a lot of credit to their football team."
McCoy was an efficient 17-of-19 passing for 185 yards with a touchdown and also rushed for a team-high 84 yards, including touchdown runs of 35 and 5 for the Longhorns (4-0).
"Their quarterback was impressive," Petrino said. "He can thrown the ball, run the ball, but most of all, it was just the way he ran their operation and executed their offense. We tried to blitz and then he would pass-check for a touchdown. We would blitz the other way and he'd make a run-check and get a big play. They were very efficient and beat us in every phase."
The day was summed up right before half when Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick fumbled deep in his own terrritory and McCoy's second TD jaunt boosted the Longhorns to a commanding 31-3 lead by halftime.
"Give credit to the offensive line, they gave me a lot of time," McCoy said. They played great today. Going into the game our goal was to win in the trenches. If the line could win in there, it would give us some time and run the ball. Then we felt like we would have the opportunity to score every time we had the ball."
The topper was Aaron Williams' 81 yard interception return of a Tyler Wilson pass with 9:31 left that capped the scoring.
"What a great day for Texas," Longhorns head coach Mack Brown said. "To have (former Longhorn greats) Bobby Layne and Tommy Nobis come back for the Arkansas game, which has meant so much to us over the years, was really special. And then to have a game like we had, and have the guys play so hard and well and beat an SEC team that's a rival to us for many years, makles it even more special."
The only bright spot for the Razorbacks was way too late when Antwain Robinson picked up a fumble and raced 80 yards for the Razorbacks' lone touchdown of the game.
It was the second straight brutal defeat for the Razorbacks (2-2), who suffered a 49-14 home loss to Alabama last weekend.
"We're a long way from the quality of our last two opponents that played us the last two weeks," Petrino said. "Physically, in the front of the offense and defense, just being able to execute...being able to understand what you are trying to do and execute and do it over and over. We're not consistent. We're a ways away from being able to execute the way those teams do."
Arkansas, which had won three of its last four games with Texas, had just 11 yards rushing on 26 carries on the day and was outgained 421-182 in total offense.
"Coming in, I thought we were ready to play," Arkansas senior center Jonathan Luigs said. "We had good practice, good preparation over the past two days and we had a good game plan. We got out-executed. Not everyone was doing the right thing on the right play. When you do that against a good team, they will hand it to you."
The Longhorns recorded a whopping seven sacks on Razorback quarterbacks Dick (7-of-13 for 138 yards) and Wilson (7-of-15 for 42 yards).
"They did a good job of getting through our offensive line, but like I said we have to execute better," Dick said. "Maybe try to change the protection here and there, but we'll try to take a look at it, get things sorted out and get back to work tommorrow. They just did a great job of mixing it up."
Texas used a short field to take a 3-0 lead after taking over their first possession at the Arkansas 40.
Although the Longhorns couldn't put it in the end zone, Hunter Lawrence was true on a 34-yard field goal with 11:20 left in the opening quarter.
Although Arkansas took advantage of a 18-yard catch by Joe Adams and a interference penalty to flip the field, Alex Tejada missed a 44-yard field goal.
Texas quickly captalized on that with McCoy hitting Shipley on an 8-yard TD pass to cap an 11-play, 73-yard drive.
Lawrence's PAT boosted it to 10-0 with 4:28 left in the opening quarter.
It was quickly 17-0 after Cody Johnson's 1-yard scoring plunge two plays into the second quarter finished off a 6-play, 68-yard sprint.
The Razorbacks avoided the shutout by getting on the scoreboard on Shay Haddock's 30-yard field goal – his first career one – with 9:36 left before intermission.
It was on a drive in which Dick completed passes of 26 to D.J. Williams, 24 to Michael Smith and 11 to Adams.
That was the only really good drive of the day for Arkansas.
"Bascially they didn't do anything fancy," Petrino said. "They lined up and played their techniques and overpowered us a little bit. We had no rhythm and the neagative plays really hurt you."
But the Longhorns retaliated right back, covering 65 yards in four plays with McCoy getting the last 35 while the Razorback defense was in disarray trying to shuttle players in and out despite Texas not huddling.
Although Arkansas finally stopped Texas on downs, the Razorbacks turned it right back over on the aforementioned Dick fumble and McCoy found the end zone again.
The Longhorns then put the game totally away with a pair of third quarter touchdown tosses from McCoy to Quan Cosby and Shipley.
That ended his day and brought in back-up John Chiles.
Brown said he thinks Petrino will get Arkansas back on course.
"Coach Petrino is a great coach and he has a tremendous staff," Brown said. "He will do a great job at Arkansas and you can see that. Their schemes are good and they hit us on some things. We just had a better day than they did today and I'm proud of our guys."
The Razorbacks will likely encounter an angry Florida team next Saturday when it host the Gators in an 11:30 a.m. game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Visiting Ole Miss upset Florida 31-30 in The Swamp on Saturday.
"Everyone is upset, but that's part of it sometimes," Dick said. "We've got to fight throuigh and come back to work tommorrow."
Henry Melton takes down Casey Dick and causes a fumble that Texas turned into a 31-3 lead by halftime.
De'Anthony Curtis picks up big yardage in the second quarter as Jared Norton closes in on a play that was called back because of a penalty.
Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams looks for yardage on what turned into a 26-yard gain.
London Crawford makes a sensational catch over Texas' Ryan Palmer.
Actor Bill Murray took in the action on Saturday.
The Arkansas defense gangs up on Texas running back Vondrell McGee.
Joe Adams heads upfield after hauling in a pass.
Greg Childs eludes a tackle.
Back-up quarterback Tyler Wilson played enough to put 15 passes in the air on Saturday.
Ramon Broadway malkes a tackle.
Texas 52, Arkansas 10
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