Major Applewhite threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, Texas turned a pair of botched punts into scores and the Longhorns held off pesky Rutgers, 38-21, last night before a record crowd of 41,511 at Rutgers Stadium.
A week after routing Stanford by 52 points, Texas (2-1) built a 28-6 halftime lead but the Scarlet Knights (0-2) fought back with two scores in the second half to keep the score respectable.
Applewhite completed 19 of 32 passes, and now has 913 yards and six touchdowns for the season. He threw touchdown passes of 28 yards to Mike Jones and 21 yards to Montrell Flowers in a 3-minute 10-second span of the second quarter to put the Longhorns ahead, 21-3.
Texas also scored on a blocked punt 62 seconds into the game, Victor Ike's 30-yard run with 6:51 left in the second quarter and Chris Robertson's one-yard leap early in the fourth quarter following a fumbled snap by Rutgers punter Charlie Titus at the 3.
For Rutgers, Steve Barone kicked field goals of 23 and 41 yards in the first half, fullback Scott Stanton scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter and Mike McMahon threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Rob Ring in the fourth.
WEST VIRGINIA 43, MIAMI (OHIO) 27: The Mountaineers (1-1) got six sacks and forced Miami's Mike Bath to throw four interceptions in a win at home.
"Their defense set up 17 of their points and we lose by 16. You've got to give credit to their defense," Miami Coach Terry Hoeppner said.
West Virginia's offense also got on track. Marc Bulger threw for 175 yards with three touchdowns and redshirt freshman Avon Cobourne rushed for 142 yards in his second start.
Miami (1-1) also lost for the first time in 12 games when Travis Prentice exceeds 150 yards rushing. He had 163 yards on 29 carries, most of it after halftime.
Prentice scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to pass Tony Dorsett for fourth place in NCAA career scoring with 366 points.
SYRACUSE 47, CENTRAL MICH. 7: Troy Nunes threw for three touchdowns, two to Quinton Spotwood, as Syracuse won at home.
Spotwood caught scoring passes of 56 and 43 yards to help stake the Orangemen to a 34-7 halftime lead, and finished with six catches for 135 yards.