PASADENA, Calif. - No. 24/21 Texas (3-0) piled up 488 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers in a 49-20 victory over UCLA (1-2) Saturday afternoon at The Rose Bowl.
Quarterback Case McCoy completed 12 of 15 passes for 168 and two touchdowns, both to tight end D.J. Grant, who caught a third touchdown from wide receiver Jaxon Shipley. Running back Malcolm Brown carried the ball 22 times for 110 yards and a touchdown, while running back Fozzy Whittaker carried eight times for 63 yards and two touchdowns, including one for 36 yards. Wide receiver Mike Davis caught three passes for 77 yards.
Safety Kenny Vaccaro and linebacker Keenan Robinson posted a team-best nine tackles each, and Vaccaro added an interception. Defensive backs Adrian Phillips and Carrington Byndum added one interception apiece, and linebacker Emmanuel Acho registered a sack.
Texas converted its three first-half interceptions into touchdowns. Byndum's interception of UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince on the Bruins' first series of the game gave Texas the ball at the UCLA 45. On 3rd and 10, McCoy threw across his body and found a wide-open Grant for a 45-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Texas lead with 11:20 remaining in the first quarter.
UCLA drove deep into Texas territory on its next possession, but defensive back Adrian Phillips picked off a pass deflected by safety Blake Gideon and returned the ball 24 yards to the UT 29. Brown ran for a first down to the UT 21, and Texas picked up two more first downs before wide receiver Marquise Goodwin ran for 20 yards to the UCLA 11. Brown carried for three yards before Whittaker, on a misdirection, scampered eight yards into the end zone for a 14-0 Texas lead with 1:56 remaining in the first quarter.
A Vaccaro interception at the end of the first quarter set the tone for another Longhorns touchdown. On 3rd and 3 from midfield, quarterback David Ash hit Shipley for 14 yards and a Texas first down at the UCLA 36. Brown ran for 13 yards on the next play, and on 3rd and 3 from the UCLA 16, Brown rumbled into the end zone, despite losing a shoe on the play, and pushed the Texas lead to 21-0 with 11:36 remaining in the second quarter.
UCLA inserted quarterback Richard Brehaut in place of Kevin Prince on the next drive, and the Bruins' drove 74 yards for a touchdown, as Derrick Coleman scored from one yard out to cut the Texas lead to 21-7. But, the Longhorns would answer with another touchdown two possessions later.
On first down from the UT 41, Goodwin ran for 11 yards and a UT first down. On 3rd and 5 from the UCLA 43, Ash hit Shipley for 12 yards and another first down. On 3rd and 18 at the UCLA 27, McCoy hit wide receiver Mike Davis for 25 yards to the Bruins' 2-yard line. McCoy and Grant connected on their second touchdown of the day to give Texas a 28-7 lead just before halftime. UCLA's Jeff Locke booted a 51-yard field goal as the second quarter expired to cut the Texas lead to 28-10.
Locke added a 49-yard field goal to open the third quarter, but the Longhorns struck again and found the end zone. Brown carried three times for 20 yards, and on 3rd and 1 from midfield, a deep pass from McCoy fell into the hands of Davis after being tapped into the air by UCLA cornerback Sheldon Price. Davis' catch moved the Horns to the UCLA 5 before Shipley took an end-around and threw to Grant for his third touchdown of the game, as Texas built a 35-13 lead.
UCLA answered by driving 55 yards and picking up a one-yard touchdown run from Coleman, his second of the game, to cut the Texas lead to 35-20. Texas took to the ground on its next possession and hammered its way into the end zone to answer the Bruins. Shipley carried for 15 yards to the UT 36, and after two more Texas first downs, Whittaker took a direct snap and dashed 36 yards for his second touchdown of the day to stake the Horns to a 42-20 lead.The Longhorns capped their productive afternoon on offense with a 50-yard drive that culminated with a Cody Johnson 7-yard touchdown that extended the Longhorns' cushion to 49-20.