Texas taking UTEP to the woodshed

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Take away one bad pass by Colt McCoy and Texas might have played a near-perfect first half.

McCoy's interception returned for a touchdown provided UTEP's only points as the Longhorns are cruising with a 47-7 lead late in the first half.

The biggest reason has been Texas' defense which has shackled UTEP from the opening kickoff. At this point, the Miners have been limited to 30 yards and failed on their first seven third-down plays.

A huge pass rush from the Longhorns has neutralized UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe. The Texas defense has taken advantage of an interception, a fumble, a fumbled punt and a bad center snap to fuel the feeding frenzy.

McCoy has rebounded to throw for three touchdowns. And it appears that Vondrell McGee has broken out of his slump as he's added a touchdown rushing along with a team-best 30 rushing yards.

The Longhorns appear deserving of their No. 2 ranking with their dominant performance today.