Texas makes statement in 64-7 beatdown

Texas Destroys UTEP, 64-7 (0:43)

Colt McCoy throws for close to 300 yards in win (0:43)

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas had been looking to put a complete game together.

Only problem was that the Longhorns played so well in the first half today that most of the starters barely saw any action after halftime in their 64-7 victory over UTEP.

But this was a complete, thorough victory for the Longhorns as they beat the Miners in all phases of the game. It was the largest victory for a Texas team since its 70-3 victory over Colorado in the 2005 Big 12 championship game.

After Colt McCoy's interception was returned 50 yards for a touchdown by Melvin Stephenson, the Longhorns blew the game open by scoring on six straight possessions to turn it into a rout.

Seven different Longhorns had at least three carries. Six different Longhorns had three receptions or more. It was a day to dig deep into the Longhorn bench. We even got to see third-string quarterback Trevor Walker for the final part of the game.

With 64 points scored, it would be easy to forget about the contribution the Texas defense made in this one. It allowed no points, only seven first downs and 75 yards.

I don't think the Longhorns will be able to overtake Florida and move into the No. 1 slot after this game. But it will be interesting to see how much it enables them to eat into the Gators' advantage when both polls are released Sunday.