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Texas Tops NMSU in Opener 56-7

Updated: Sunday, September 1 2013, 11:29 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his first two seasons, two first-half interceptions and a deficit to a big underdog could have easily sent Texas quarterback David Ash to the sideline as someone else took over for the Longhorns.

Not Saturday night. Texas stuck with Ash this time and the junior quarterback made the big plays to first spark a rally, then delivered the knockout punch as the Longhorns overcame a slow start to roll over New Mexico State 56-7.

Texas trailed 7-0 late in the second quarter before Ash threw touchdown passes of 54, 66, 74 and 25 yards, and ran 55 yards for a touchdown for the Longhorns, who rolled up a school-record 715 yards of total offense.

"The guys are older now. We've been in that situation ... and we've failed before," Ash said. "So much of football is about morale and believing."

Ash threw two interceptions in the second quarter and the Longhorns' new up-tempo offense stalled before Ash connected on long touchdown passes to John Harris and Daje Johnson in the final two minutes of the first half.

In the third quarter, Ash turned a scramble into a 55-yard touchdown and passed to Malcolm Brown for a 74-yard score. After falling behind, Texas (1-0) scored 35 points on 15 snaps in an avalanche and Ash accounted for 434 total yards.

"We started off obviously slow," Ash said. "(But) you feel that momentum shift when things start rolling. We're a good team when that starts happening."

Andrew McDonald was 32-of-46 passing with one touchdown, but also had two turnovers for New Mexico State (0-1), who went 1-11 last season.

Texas came into the season touting its new fast-paced offense and the new confidence displayed in training camp by Ash. Even coach Mack Brown had said his team is ready to challenge for the Big 12 title and return among the nation's elite.

But despite the new enthusiasm and bravado that comes with 19 returning starters, almost nothing went right early. Ash looked like the same quarterback of the last two years: talented but prone to mistakes.

The Longhorns had three first-half turnovers and frustrated fans let loose with a few boos when McDonald connected with Joshua Brown for an 11-yard touchdown pass that gave New Mexico State a surprise lead late in the second quarter. The Aggies' touchdown came after Ash threw his second interception.

The shocking score line seemed to wake up the Longhorns.
Ash found Harris open on the sideline for Texas' first touchdown. After Texas used three quick timeouts to force New Mexico State to punt, Ash connected with Johnson across the middle and the receiver sped away from five defenders for another long score.

Trailing 14-7 at halftime, "That's about as good as we would've hoped for coming into that," New Mexico State first-year coach Doug Martin said. "We let it get away from us in the second half."

With momentum swung to Texas, New Mexico State gambled with an onside kick to open the second half. The Longhorns recovered and Johnson scored again four plays later, scooting around the left side on a 24-yard run for a 21-7 Texas lead that broke the game open.

New Mexico State couldn't match Texas' speed in the open field. Ash's dash through the secondary and his long scoring pass to Brown turned it into a rout long before Ash connected with Mike Davis for his fourth touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

The 715 total yards broke the Texas record of 692 set in 1998 when Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams was dashing through defenses.

"We ended up blowing them out and it wasn't easy in the first half," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "We had to fight. I thought (Ash) really kept his composure well."

Texas Tops NMSU in Opener 56-7

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Scores & Schedules

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Saturday's Games

( 1) Ohio State 34, Indiana 27

( 2) Michigan State 24, Purdue 21

(25) Florida 38, ( 3) Mississippi 10

( 4) TCU 50, Texas 7

( 5) Baylor 63, Texas Tech 35

(12) Clemson 24, ( 6) Notre Dame 22

Arizona State 38, ( 7) UCLA 23

(13) Alabama 38, ( 8) Georgia 10

( 9) LSU 44, Eastern Michigan 22

(11) Florida State 24, Wake Forest 16

(14) Texas A-and-M 30, (21) Mississippi State 17

(15) Oklahoma 44, (23) West Virginia 24

(16) Northwestern 27, Minnesota 0

(18) Stanford 55, Arizona 17

Iowa 10, (19) Wisconsin 6

(20) Oklahoma State 36, Kansas State 34

(22) Michigan 28, Maryland 0

(24) California 34, Washington State 28



Saturday's Games

Baltimore 9, N.Y. Yankees 2, 1st game

Kansas City 5, Minnesota 1

L.A. Angels 11, Texas 10

Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3

Baltimore 4, N.Y. Yankees 3, 2nd game

Cleveland 2, Boston 0

Chicago White Sox 4, Detroit 3

Houston 6, Arizona 2

Oakland 7, Seattle 5, 13 innings

Sunday's Games

L.A. Angels (Richards 15-11) at Texas (Hamels 6-1), 3:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 12-9) at Baltimore (Tillman 10-11), 3:05 p.m.

Boston (Porcello 9-14) at Cleveland (Salazar 13-10), 3:10 p.m.

Detroit (Da.Norris 2-2) at Chicago White Sox (Montas 0-1), 3:10 p.m.

Houston (McCullers 6-7) at Arizona (Ray 5-12), 3:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Cueto 3-7) at Minnesota (Nolasco 5-1), 3:10 p.m.

Oakland (Bassitt 1-8) at Seattle (Nuno 1-4), 3:10 p.m.

Toronto (Buehrle 15-7) at Tampa Bay (M.Moore 2-4), 3:10 p.m.


Saturday's Games

Washington 3, N.Y. Mets 1, 1st game

San Francisco 3, Colorado 2

Miami 7, Philadelphia 6, 1st game

Cincinnati 3, Pittsburgh 1

Chicago Cubs 1, Milwaukee 0

Washington 2, N.Y. Mets 0, 2nd game

St. Louis at Atlanta, ppd., rain

Miami 5, Philadelphia 2, 2nd game

Houston 6, Arizona 2

L.A. Dodgers 2, San Diego 1

Sunday's Games

St. Louis (Lackey 13-9) at Atlanta (S.Miller 5-17), 1 p.m., 1st game

Cincinnati (Jos.Smith 0-3) at Pittsburgh (Happ 6-2), 3:05 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 3-1) at San Francisco (M.Cain 2-4), 3:05 p.m.

Miami (Conley 4-1) at Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 2-9), 3:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Haren 10-9) at Milwaukee (Jo.Lopez 1-0), 3:10 p.m.

Houston (McCullers 6-7) at Arizona (Ray 5-12), 3:10 p.m.

San Diego (Garces 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 16-7), 3:10 p.m.

Washington (Roark 4-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 14-8), 3:10 p.m.

St. Louis (Lynn 12-10) at Atlanta (Wisler 7-8), 4:30 p.m., 2nd game



No games scheduled

Sunday's Games

Sunday's Games

N.Y. Jets vs. Miami at London, 9:30 a.m.

Oakland at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.

Houston at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.

Green Bay at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Minnesota at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

Open: New England, Tennessee

Monday's Game

Detroit at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.


Saturday's Games

Toronto FC 3, Philadelphia 1

New York 2, Columbus 1

Orlando City 2, Montreal 1

Chicago 3, New England 1

San Jose 1, Vancouver 1, tie

Sporting Kansas City 1, Portland 0

Sunday's Games

Houston at FC Dallas, 5 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at Colorado, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Seattle, 9:30 p.m.



No games scheduled

Sunday - Game 1

Indiana at Minnesota, 3 p.m.

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