PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Case McCoy passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns, D.J. Grant made his first three career touchdown catches, and No. 23 Texas avenged last season’s stunning home loss to UCLA with a 49-20 victory over the Bruins on Saturday.
Malcolm Brown rushed for 110 yards and a score, and Fozzy Whittaker ran for two more touchdowns for the Longhorns (3-0), who got solid production from two young quarterbacks. McCoy went 12 for 15 without a turnover in his first career start, and freshman David Ash went 3 for 3 in frequent action.
Jaxon Shipley caught five passes and threw a TD pass for the Longhorns, whose spiral to a losing record last season began with that 34-12 loss to UCLA.
Richard Brehaut passed for 150 yards after Kevin Prince threw three interceptions in the first quarter for the Bruins (1-2), who are 3-8 since that win in Austin last September.
Grant missed the past two seasons with a knee injury and had one catch in the Longhorns’ first two games this fall before scoring in each of the first three quarters against UCLA. The third-string tight end led Texas with six catches for 77 yards, including a 45-yard TD grab in the opening minutes.
Texas also rushed for 284 yards, answering the Bruins’ overwhelming ground attack in last year’s matchup.
Derrick Coleman rushed for two touchdowns and UCLA punter Jeff Locke made two long field goals, but the Bruins again struggled mightily on defense under new coordinator Joe Tresey, giving up 488 yards.
A large contingent of burnt-orange-clad Longhorns fans assembled at the Rose Bowl, the site of a big chunk of the top moments in recent Texas football history. The Longhorns beat Michigan in the 2005 Rose Bowl and claimed the national title on the same field a year later, beating Southern California in one of the best games in college football history.
Texas also lost the BCS title game to Alabama in Pasadena 20 months ago. McCoy is the younger brother of Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy, whose injury in the title game dearly cost the Horns.
Brehaut had played most of UCLA’s first two games after Prince incurred a concussion and a shoulder injury in the season opener, but Prince got the surprise start from coach Rick Neuheisel after leading UCLA’s win at Texas last season.
Three plays after Carrington Byndom intercepted Prince’s first pass, McCoy found Grant in a huge hole in UCLA’s coverage.
Whittaker capped a 71-yard drive with an 8-yard TD run on a direct snap moments later, and Prince finished his horrific quarter with his third interception on a poorly thrown pass on the final play, earning boos from the Rose Bowl crowd.
Brown lost his shoe during a 16-yard TD run through the heart of UCLA’s defense on the ensuing drive, putting the Longhorns up 21-0. Brehaut took over and engineered a 74-yard TD drive, but UCLA made small mistakes — such as returning from a timeout with 12 men on the field — and bigger blunders like Glenn Love’s holding penalty that wiped out Josh Smith’s kickoff return inside the Texas 20.
Between its two quarterbacks, Texas didn’t throw an incompletion until 6 1/2 minutes remained in the second quarter.
Locke might have claimed UCLA’s kicking job from injured freshman Kip Smith, banging home a 51-yard field goal at the halftime gun and adding a 49-yarder on the Bruins’ opening drive of the second half.
After Shipley found Grant on a rollout for an easy 5-yard TD pass early in the third quarter, Texas made another scoring drive ending in Whittaker’s 36-yard TD run for a 42-20 lead.
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