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October 19, 2005

Longhorns look to stop Tech's high-powered offense

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Texas has the second-ranked offense in the Big 12 and has won 13 in a row at home and overall. Extending those streaks will have to come at the expense of college football's most prolific offense.

Second-ranked Texas welcomes No. 10 Texas Tech on Saturday into Austin in a game that may ultimately decide the conference's South Division.

Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0) leads the Big 12 with 53.7 points and nearly 573 yards of total offense per game. Texas (6-0, 3-0) is second at 45.7 points and 494.5 yards per contest.

"What they are doing in college football is unheard of offensively, it's amazing," Texas coach Mack Brown said of the Red Raiders. "They break records more quickly than most people eat lunch."

Texas' pass defense is ranked atop the Big 12, limiting the opposition to just 886 passing yards in six games. Texas Tech quarterback Cody Hodges, though, nearly matched those numbers a week ago.

Hodges shredded the Kansas State defense with 643 yards passing and five touchdowns in the Red Raiders' 59-20 rout.

The win earned Tech's first top 10 ranking since 1977. Following the contest, Hodges was already focused on the Longhorns.

"We have tried to not get caught up in too much hype or too much criticism for our schedule," he said. "We have to handle this season one game at a time. ... (This) week it is all about Texas."

Hodges, a senior, has completed more than 71 percent of his passes (199-for-280) for 2,531 yards with 24 TDs and only six interceptions.

"The one time you take a break on defense, they'll throw a touchdown pass," Texas defensive back Tarell Brown said of Tech. "We've got to slow them down and get them to our pace."

The Longhorns must also find a way to stop Tech running back Taurean Henderson. He caught 10 passes for 118 yards and two scores, and rushed for 49 yards and three TDs in the win over Kansas State.

Texas extended its winning streaks with a 42-17 rout of then-No. 24 Colorado on Saturday behind five touchdowns by quarterback Vince Young.

Young ran for three scores and added two more through the air. He was 25-of-29 passing for 336 yards.

"It seems like the bigger the stakes, the better he plays, which is really exciting right now for us," Texas coach Mack Brown said.

Young needs two touchdown passes to match the 12 he recorded last season.

In two games against Tech, Young has been better running the ball. Last season, he ran for 158 yards and four touchdowns, and added a fifth through the air, in the Longhorns' 51-21 win in Lubbock.

Young has three of the top five rushing games by a quarterback in Texas history.

Brown said the Longhorns are ready for the challenge.

"You love to play Tech because coaching is involved trying to figure out how to stop that crazy passing attack," Brown said.

Texas leads the series with Texas Tech 39-14.

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