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Big plays spark Texas over New Mexico State

Aug. 31, 2013 at 3:31 a.m.

Texas running back Johnathan Gray (32) bobbles a pass before his catch of a David Ash pass while defended by New Mexico State linebacker Clint Barnard during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday Aug. 31, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

AUSTIN (AP) - David Ash threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as No. 15 Texas shook off a slow start to roll over New Mexico State 56-7 Saturday night.

Ash threw two interceptions in the second quarter and the Longhorns' new up-tempo offense stalled as the Aggies took a 7-0 lead. Ash then connected on touchdown passes of 54 and 66 yards to John Harris and Daje (duh-jay) Johnson in the final two minutes of the first half.

In the third quarter, Ash turned a scramble into a 55-yard touchdown and passed to Malcolm Brown for a 74-yard score. After falling behind, Texas (1-0) scored 35 points on 15 snaps and finished with a school-record 715 total yards with Ash accounting for 434.

Andrew McDonald was 32-of-46 passing with one touchdown, but also had two turnovers for the Aggies (0-1), who went 1-11 last season.

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