Texas defeats Iowa State, 56-3
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Colt McCoy threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as No. 23 Texas defeated Iowa State 56-3 on Saturday.
McCoy followed up a strong performance against Oklahoma with an even sharper game, setting the tone for the Longhorns (5-2, 1-2 Big 12) by tossing a 58-yard touchdown pass on their first play.
Iowa State (1-6, 0-3) couldn't pressure McCoy or cover his receivers and suffered its worst loss since a 77-14 pounding by Nebraska in 1997.
McCoy, calling most of his plays without huddling, directed the Longhorns to touchdowns on his first five series and finished 23 of 30 for 298 yards and no interceptions.
He sat out the fourth quarter after ending his day with a flourish, slipping away from a potential sack and scrambling 44 yards for his first rushing touchdown of the season.
Texas' win came over one of coach Mack Brown's former assistants, Gene Chizik. Chizik was the co-defensive coordinator at Texas for two years before taking the Iowa State job last November, helping the Longhorns win the national championship in 2005.
Chizik and Brown chatted for a long time while the two teams warmed up. Chizik also hugged several Texas players and staff members, but once the ball was kicked, Texas wasted no time taking control.
After forcing Iowa State to punt on the first possession, Jordan Shipley got behind the defense on the Longhorns' first snap, then had time to wait for McCoy's pass at the 25 and take off for the end zone to complete the 58-yard play before the Cyclones recovered.
McCoy completed six straight passes the next time Texas got the ball, the last a 6-yarder to a leaping Quan Cosby in the far right corner of the end zone to make it 14-0.
Brown went with backup quarterback John Chiles and the second-team offense for a series, which ended with a punt, before McCoy returned. It quickly became more of the same.
Jamaal Charles' 8-yard touchdown run ended a 6-play, 65-yard drive and McCoy hit Shipley on a 5-yard touchdown pass late in the first half to make it 28-3.
The lead grew to 35-3 early in the third quarter when McCoy rolled left to avoid the rush and hit Nate Jones, who was standing alone in the middle of the end zone, on a 20-yard play. A little more than two minutes later, Texas' Brandon Foster intercepted a Bret Meyer pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown.
Iowa State used some trickery en route to its only score, wide receiver Todd Blythe taking the ball on a double reverse and throwing a 21-yard pass to Meyer. That helped put the Cyclones in position for Bret Culbertson's 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
The Cyclones crossed midfield only once after that.