Defensive dominance: The Rice offense was victimized on many fronts by the Texas defense, as a quick look at the post-game stat sheet reveals. On the first 21 Owl rushing attempts, the Owls "gained" -9 yards rushing. Rice's final rushing total was -11 yards. Texas held the Owls to just 268 total yards, and also snared a couple of interceptions.
The running game: Texas' running game was dominant, with 227 yards. Redshirt freshman running back Vondrell McGee led the team with 80 yards on 8 carries, followed by John Chiles (9-72), Jamaal Charles (14-74) and Colt McCoy (3-16).
Jamaal's numbers: Charles entered the game with 2,108 career yards rushing, 13th in Texas history. He finished his night in the third period, after 14 carries for 74 yards and three touchdowns. He might've made it four touchdowns if not for a dropped first-half bomb from Colt McCoy. His cumulative stats this year are 83 carries for 468 yards, a 5.6-yards per carry average.
Charting McCoy: McCoy is now 14-3 as a starter and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 15 of his 17 career games. He entered the game having connected on 79 of 118 (66.9%) for 721 yards and four touchdowns. His final tally for Saturday was 20 completions in 29 attempts for 333 yards and three touchdowns. His season stats are now 99 of 147 (67%) for 1,036 yards and seven scores.
The Cosby Show: Quan Cosby entered the game having caught at least one pass in 20 consecutive games. He has caught at least three passes in eight consecutive games. He caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown against the Owls, and his career numbers are 86 catches for 990 yards and five touchdowns.
Sweed returns: Receiver Limas Sweed started his 37th consecutive game against the Owls, catching five balls for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He has now had at least one reception in 22 consecutive games. His career stats are 120 catches for 1,875 yards and 20 touchdowns. His numbers for 2007 are 15 catches for 266 yards. He would've added a touchdown to his total had he not stepped out of bounds at the Rice two yard-line after catching a first-half pass from McCoy.
Hello John Chiles: Chiles made his extended cameo in the third period with Texas leading 48-10. He immediately led an offensive unit made up entirely of freshmen or redshirt freshmen 80 yards on eight plays and a touchdown. He rushed four times for 49 yards on the drive, and the final nine yards of the trek ended with running back McGee blasting up the middle from nine yards out. Chiles finished the game with the following stats: 0-2 passing, but 72 yards rushing on 9 carries.
And hello to you, Vondrell McGee: McGee looked impressive in his first extended action of the season, gaining 80 yards on only eight carries, one of which was a nine-yard touchdown run in the third period.
And one more hello, to Sherrod Harris: The third-team quarterback Harris got into the game with about six minutes left, and finished for the Longhorns. He didn't have much of a chance to do anything with limited stats, and surrounded by young players. He had two carries for minus 10 yards, and did not throw a pass.
Nate Jones: Jones caught five balls for 63 yards against Rice, running his season totals to 27 catches for 256 yards. His career numbers are 56 catches, 549 yards and six touchdowns.
Another big Bailey game: After setting a school record with five field goals in last week's Central Florida game, Ryan Bailey added to his total with an impressive game against Rice. In the first half, he kicked field goals of 43 and 52 yards (his previous best was a 42-yarder). He finished the game with three field goals.
History lesson: Saturday's game marked the 90th contest between Texas and Rice, the fourth oldest of anyone that Texas has played. Texas entered the game having won eight straight and 36 of the previous 37 games between the two teams.
No punt returns: Texas has gone 101 games without allowing a punt return for a touchdown.
Coaches' numbers: Mack Brown is now 97-22 at Texas. Saturday's win was the 50th home victory in Brown's tenure, and his overall record at home during his time in Austin is now 50-5.
Chase-ing history: Rice quarterback Chase Clement entered the game with 2,809 career yards passing, and needing just 67 yards to pass Josh LaRocca and move into 8th place on the all-time Rice career list. He finished the game with 18 completions in 32 attempts for 220 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Foster hurt in pre-game warmup: Texas cornerback Brandon Foster aggravated a quadriceps muscle injury in pre-game warm-up and was replaced in the lineup by Deon Beasley.
Kindle hurt: Linebacker Sergio Kindle returned against Rice after serving a three-game suspension, but hurt his right knee late in the second quarter and did not return.
Scoring defense: Texas has scored at least three touchdowns defensively in seven of the last eight seasons.
Small world: Texas strength coach Jeff Madden has some Rice ties – he was the Owls' strength coach for five years (1984-88) after being hired by Mack Brown's brother, Watson, who was the Owls' head coach in 1984 and 1985.
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