Colorado Game Turning Point

<B>turning point</B> - <I>n.</I> The point at which a very significant change occurs; a decisive moment.

The game was still in the balance. The Texas offense, namely quarterback Vince Young, looked totally out of sync. Yes, the Horns were moving the ball but Young effectively threw away the momentum when he threw a pair of interceptions, one on the Texas side of the field that was returned for a touchdown and another deep in Colorado territory. Then came the second quarter. For Colorado, nothing changed. The Buffs remained impotent on offense. Defensively, they were still unable to slow down the Texas offense. The Horns, though, made one alteration -- no mistakes.

In the first quarter, Longhorn fans couldn't help but have flashbacks to two weeks earlier against Missouri where Vince Young looked more confused than Paris Hilton on an IQ test. In the first 15-minute frame Young connected on 5 of 7 passes, unfortunately, two of the five completions were to players wearing the black and gold. Following the second interception in as many drives and another lackluster three-and-out that inexplicably included two pass plays, Brown, Davis and Co. decided to do what they do best -- run the ball.

After the Texas defense forced what would be par for the day, another three-and-out and the second in as many drives for the Colorado offense, the Texas offense took over at its own 9. What took place next has been a familiar and pleasing site to Longhorn fans as it has resulted in almost all the team's success on offense throughout the season. Benson right. Benson left. Young right. Young left. When all was said and done on the drive that consumed more than five minutes off the clock, Benson carried the ball six times for 51 yards and Young carried the ball three times for 18 yards including the final yard, a quarterback sneak over the middle that tied the game at 7-7. Final numbers for the drive: 91 yards, 12 plays, 11 runs, one touchdown and the most important number of all, zero, as in zero miscues.

The 91-yard touchdown drive without any miscues was all Young needed to regain his confidence of a week earlier in Lubbock. The sophomore quarterback settled down and found his throwing touch including several accurate passes on the next offensive series as the Longhorns marched 68 yards on 10 plays to take a 14-7 lead just before half. The rout was on.

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