Dusty Mangum's Colorado Game Turning Point

turning point - n. The point at which a very significant change occurs; a decisive moment.

It was another great Saturday in Austin to be a Longhorn fan. The Buffaloes were running scared back to Boulder after Texas dismantled Colorado 42-17.

The turning point in the game came very early this week. Both sides of the ball came out flying for the Horns, putting to rest any doubts about a "let-down" game after the shellacking of Oklahoma last weekend. The defense opened the game holding the Buffaloes to a three-and-out. On CU's first play from scrimmage, Rod Wright and the Texas front stuffed RB Hugh Charles for no gain. Following a seven-yard completion on second-and-10, Aaron Harris pressured Buff QB Joel Klatt into a third-down misfire intended for TE Joe Klopfenstein. This wasn't the Aggie defense that Colorado pummeled last week.

The Longhorn offense answered the call early as well with a 16-play drive measuring 90 yards, capped off with the first of Vince Young’s three rushing touchdowns. On the drive, Young completed seven of eight pass attempts for 81 yards.

Colorado regained the ball for its second drive of the afternoon, and actually gaining a first down, but it was short-lived excitement for Buffs because they only held the ball for three more plays before punting it back over to the Horns. Vince finished off the six-play second drive of the afternoon with a dazzling 16-yard run, pushing the score to 14-0. Texas never looked back.

With the Horns flying around the field on defense and able to put up points quick and early on offense, they took the heart and will out of the Buffaloes by halftime.

Overall, Vince Young was once again in Heisman form, completing 25 of 29 pass attempts for 336 yards and two touchdowns, as well as adding 58 yards on the ground and another three touchdowns. As the cliché goes, "You cannot stop him, you can only hope to contain him." Colorado did not even come close. Vince was able to just sit back in the pocket and progress through his reads whenever he was passing, and run through holes that a Mack truck could have been driven through. Billy Pittman continues to shine catching ball after ball. His three catches for 99 yards helped to open up the Horns' offense. Limas Sweed added seven receptions for 88 yards with two touchdowns.

The only form of offense the Buffs could seem to muster was a passing "attack" that resulted in 192 yards through the air. Maybe it was the thicker air? Hopefully this is just a preview of what is to come versus the pass happy Texas Tech Red Raiders next weekend.

With a high-powered Red Raider offense coming up this weekend, Colorado was a good opponent to face after Oklahoma. Teams have been known to "let-down" after an emotional win over a big rival. But Texas did a great job of staying focused and getting the job done. It’s the Texas way…It’s what we do!

Dusty Mangum played for Texas from 2001-2004 and holds several Longhorn kicking marks. His final kick in the Orange and White, a 37-yarder in the 2005 Rose Bowl, provided the ultimate turning point in the Horns' first-ever BCS win. His Turning Point column appears on Sunday after each game during football season here on InsideTexas.com.

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