No. 24 Texas 38, North Texas 7: Linebacker Demarco Cobbs returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, capping a stifling defensive debut for new Longhorns coach Charlie Strong in a rout of the visiting Mean Green.
Texas (1-0) notched four interceptions in all and limited North Texas (1-0) to only 94 yards of total offense, including 15 passing. Meanwhile, quarterback David Ash (19-of-34 for 190 yards) passed for one touchdown and ran for one, while tailback Malcolm Brown ran for 65 yards and a pair of scores on 13 carries.
For North Texas, returning only nine starters from its Heart of Dallas Bowl-winning season of a year ago, quarterbacks Josh Greer and Andrew McNulty had more interceptions than completions, finishing a combined 3-of-17. The Mean Green scored their lone touchdown when James Jones pounced on an Ash fumble in the end zone midway through the final quarter.
The Texas defense dominated from the outset, recording more interceptions (three) than first downs allowed (two) in the opening 30 minutes, while surrendering only 31 total yards. Brown scored on a pair of short runs, and Ash ran a bootleg in for another as the Longhorns took a 21-0 lead into the break.
Texas opened the second half with a nine-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 9-yard pass from Ash to wide receiver John Harris. After Jones' TD put the Mean Green on the board, the Longhorns tacked on a Nick Rose 34-yard field goal and Cobbs' interception return to improve to 10-0 all-time against their in-state rivals from Denton.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Harris, a fifth-year senior who entered the game with nine receptions for 190 yards, had seven catches for 110 yards Saturday. … Texas C Dominic Espinosa, a 40-game starter, limped off the field with a high-ankle sprain in the third quarter and did not return. … North Texas fell to 7-58 all-time against Big 12 Conference opponents.