Texas 61, Oregon St. 16
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Tailback Eric Metcalf rushed 145 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Bret Stafford scored on two 4-yard runs as Texas defeated Oregon State 61-16 Saturday night in an intersectional football game.
The victory was the first for new Texas Coach David McWilliams after losses to No. 3-ranked Auburn and Brigham Young.
A home crowd of 53,389, the smallest in 10 years, watched Texas roll up a 30-9 halftime lead with Stafford throwing only once.
Although Stafford holds nine passing records for the Southwest Conference school, he was intercepted five times in Texas’ first two games without throwing a touchdown pass.
Metcalf, a 179-pound junior, scored on Texas’ third play from scrimmage on a 53-yard run after teammate Omar Saleh recovered his fumble on first down. His second touchdown on a 1-yard dive capped an 80-yard scoring drive at the start of the third quarter.
Stafford’s 4-yard scoring runs came within the second quarter’s first five minutes, and middle linebacker Britt Hager’s 25-yard scoring run after intercepting a pass from Oregon State’s Erik Wilhelm ended first-half scoring.
Shannon Kelley, who replaced Stafford with 9:27 left in the third quarter, scored on an 18-yard run, but hurt his ankle.
Wilhelm, tied for fourth among the nation’s total offense leaders, was also intercepted by Texas’ Fred Stromile at the Texas 6 late in the second period, and by James Lee, who returned the interception 24 yards for a touchdown on the game’s penultimate play.
Wilhelm threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Trey Nicholson in the first quarter, and Brian Taylor leaped over from the Texas 1 for Oregon State’s second touchdown midway through the fourth quarter after the game was out of reach.
The loss dropped the PAC-10′s Oregon State to 1-2.