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The defense dominated and Cedric Benson was his usual, milestone-making self. Given all that, it hardly seemed necessary to nitpick the struggling Texas passing game.

Behind 141 yards from Benson and a defense that didn't let Colorado (4-4, 1-4) past the 50 until the fourth quarter, the eighth-ranked Longhorns overcame a pair of early interceptions by Vince Young for a 31-7 Big 12 victory.

Benson and Young each ran for a pair of touchdowns, linebacker Aaron Harris and safety Michael Griffin combined on a pair of turnovers and the Longhorns (7-1, 4-1) stayed in the running for a BCS bowl by winning their third straight since losing to Oklahoma.

"It's redundant, but we told our guys keep playing," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "We'll go over it tomorrow and see what it looks like."

Benson, who seems to pass a new milestone each game, became the fifth Division I back to rush for 1,000 yards in four seasons. He also became the 10th player to surpass 5,000 career yards rushing. Texas improved to 22-0 when he goes over 100 yards.

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