Saturday’s match-up between the No. 2 Texas Longhorns and the Central Florida Knights was a tale of two halves.
The Texas team struggled to gain momentum as Coach George O’ Leary’s UFC defense held the Texas offense to 39 yards, forced Longhorn’s Quarterback Colt McCoy to throw an interception and pressured the Longhorns into a missed field goal.
However, the Longhorns managed a 14-3 halftime lead with Colt McCoy’s 222 passing yards and running back Cody Johnson’s 36 rushing yards for two touchdowns.
The Central Florida defense looked as if they were to continue their dominance in the second half, but an 88-yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy to Jordan Shipley, after a quick James Kirkendoll touchdown catch the drive before, seemed to discourage the Central Florida defense for the rest of the game.
Longhorns’ second-string running back Foswhitt Whitaker scored late in the fourth quarter, making the final score 35-3. Texas defenders helped win the game with a combined 13 tackles for losses.
On offense, Jordan Shipley set a Texas school record with 273 receptions yards and Colt McCoy, who threw for 470 yards, extends his school record of consecutive game with a touchdown to 26 games.
The 5-4 Knights have an important Conference USA game against No. 13 Houston.
The 9-0 Longhorns face Big 12 Conference rival, the Baylor Bears, at 11 a.m. this Saturday on the Fox Sports Network (FSN).