AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Cedric Benson and Selvin Young allowed No. 8 Texas to run away with a season-opening win.
Benson rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns and Young added a career-high 102 and two scores as the Longhorns cruised to their biggest victory over intrastate rival North Texas, 65-0.
Benson had a 38-yard touchdown run on Texas' first possession and a one-yard TD plunge in the second period. The Longhorns improved to 16-0 when the senior reaches the century mark in rushing.
"The offensive line came out on fire," said Benson, who had 15 carries. "I had a lot of fun today. The coaches asked me if I wanted to go out with the second team offensive line. I told them I trusted them and let's show that they're as good as the first O-line."
Young, who carried 12 times, scored from 16 yards out in the first period and broke a 48-yarder with just 1:52 left before halftime.
Will Matthews' two-yard TD run and three field goals by Dusty Mangum gave the Longhorns a 44-0 halftime lead.
It was the largest margin of victory in eight meetings between the schools, all won by Texas. The Longhorns have outscored the Mean Green, 92-0, in their last two meetings.
"North Texas is a good team," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "They won their conference last year. Obviously we have better players, but our guys did what we asked them to do."
"This was definitely not a perfect game," quarterback Vince Young said. "We had three balls on the ground and we had some mental mistakes out there."
The Mean Green allowed a school-record 673 yards.
It was the largest margin of victory during Brown's seven-year stay as coach of the Longhorns, improving on the 62-0 win over Baylor in 1999.
"Obviously we made a lot of mistakes and helped make a very good football team great," North Texas coach Darrell Dickey said. "We could just never get anything going. It was a combination of us playing a great team on top of their game and us not making the playes we needed to make."
The last shutout by Texas was on October 25, when it pounded Baylor, 56-0. The Longhorns have blanked at least one opponent in each of the last six seasons.