AUSTIN — By the time Kevin Prince completed three passes to each team in the first quarter, the UCLA Bruins could probably tell they were in for an awful afternoon of payback from Texas.
Case McCoy passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start, D.J. Grant made his first three career touchdown catches, and the 23rd-ranked Longhorns avenged last season's stunning home loss to UCLA with a 49-20 victory on Saturday.
Richard Brehaut passed for 150 yards after Prince threw three interceptions in the first 15 minutes for the Bruins (1-2), whose defense also gave up 488 yards in an embarrassing new low for a struggling program.
UCLA is 3-8 since beating Texas 34-12 in Austin last September, and coach Rick Neuheisel's self-described hot seat is getting pretty toasty.
"In this kind of game, and in that kind of atmosphere, you can't make the kind of mistakes we did," Neuheisel said. "We just weren't able to stop them. ... We believe we still have the makings of a good team. We have enough character in the program to be a good team. There's enough gumption among the coaches to ... get that done."
Derrick Coleman rushed for two touchdowns and UCLA punter Jeff Locke made two long field goals, but the Bruins again struggled mightily on defense under new coordinator Joe Tresey, giving up 104 points in their first three games. Texas (3-0) rushed for 284 yards, answering the Bruins' overwhelming ground attack in last year's matchup.
"A year ago, we beat Texas by throwing nine passes," Neuheisel said. "I thought we'd be able to run the ball and control the clock, but we turned it over."
Brehaut had played most of UCLA's first two games after Prince incurred a concussion and a shoulder injury in the season opener, but Prince got the surprise start from Neuheisel after leading UCLA's win at Texas last season.