Texas Longhorns keep Big 12 title hopes alive

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Case McCoy threw two touchdowns and added a third on the ground as the Texas Longhorns kept their faint Big 12 title hopes alive against Texas Tech.

The hosts went behind early at the Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, but quickly turned things around and began to dominate in a resounding 41-16 victory.

McCoy threw for 139 yards, connecting with star receiver Mike Davis twice in the endzone. The first, a 47-yard toss with 11 seconds left in the first quarter, gave the Longhorns a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

McCoy's one-yard rushing TD was only the second of his career, whilst Joe Bergeron ran for 102-yards and a touchdown. His backfield partner, Malcolm Brown, rushed for 128 yards without a score on a night when Mack Brown's side had 463-yards of total offence.

Texas Tech's solitary big score came on a 51-yard run, when Ryan Erxleben sold the defence with a fake punt and took it to the house.

Apart from that, it was a night to forget for the Red Raiders, who slip to 7-5 after a blistering start to the season. They've lost five straight, and are now 4-5 in conference play.

The Longhorns, meanwhile, have thrown themselves back into Big 12 contention with the victory. They move to 8-3, and are 7-1 in conference play. That means victory over No.9 ranked Baylor on December 7th gives them a shot at the title. However, they'll need a favour from No.20 Oklahoma, who play No.7 ranked Oklahoma State on the same day.

If Texas does win the Big 12 title, it will be their first since 2009.

Elsewhere in college football last night, the 18-ranked Northern Illinois Huskies remained undefeated with victory over Western Michigan (1-11), whilst the Mississippi State Bulldogs moved to 6-6 with victory over Ole Mis (7-5).

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