OFF AND RUNNING
The Longhorns opened the season in style before a full house in Royal Memorial
Stadium. QB Vince Young completed 13 of 15 passes for 173 yards as Texas took a
39-3 halftime lead, and the Horns welcomed a new star, Jamaal Charles, who set
a Texas freshman-debut record with 135 yards rushing.
AT COLUMBUS, OHIO
OHIO STATE 22
A COLLISION OF GIANTS
With a record crowd of 105,565 squeezed into the Horseshoe at Columbus, Vince
Young floated a pass to sophomore wideout Limas Sweed in the end zone with 2:37
remaining to propel Texas to victory in the first-ever meeting between the
COMEBACK KIDS DO
ever, Texas came from behind to win a showdown with Ohio State
AFTER MIDNIGHT IN
A STAIRWELL OF THE HORSESHOE, as Ohio Stadium is known, Texas freshman tailback
Jamaal Charles sat ticking off his big games from last year to a reporter.
"Well, there was Humble High," he said, "and Tyler Lee...." And
then he was interrupted by Vince Young, who was coming down the stairs.
"I'm so proud
of this guy," said Young, the Texas quarterback, putting a hand on
Charles's shoulder. In his second game as a collegian the 18-year-old Charles,
from Port Arthur, Texas, had made several key plays in the Longhorns' most
important regular-season victory in years--if not decades. "Now you've been
through it," Young said of big-time college football. "Now you know
what it takes."
If you're a Texas
fan, you also know what it takes. It takes Maalox. The second-ranked Longhorns'
25-22 victory over No. 4 Ohio State on Sept. 10 was vintage Vincent:
come-from-behind and ulcer-inducing. Trailing by six points with five minutes
to play, Young drove the Longhorns 67 yards for the winning score, capped by a
perfectly placed, 24-yard pass to his second read, wideout Limas Sweed, who
made the catch while falling backward into the end zone.
Young's other two
completions on that drive were to Charles, but the receiver seemed more eager
to talk about a play on which he didn't make a catch. "Did you see the hit
I put on the guy who made the pick?"
you?" said Young. "I couldn't get up--they were lying on top of me. All
I heard was the crowd go, 'Oooh!'"