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QB issue simmers for Longhorns

Major Applewhite won't be baited into saying who should start at quarterback for No. 5 Texas.

He remains humble, even after coming off the bench to pass for 315 yards and four touchdowns as the Longhorns rallied for a 52-10 season-opening victory against Louisiana-Lafayette.

"It doesn't matter to me. Let's put that question to rest, okay?" Applewhite said. "It was exciting to be back out there, to be able to show spark, passion and to be able to take care of business."

Still, given Applewhite's performance Saturday, Texas' quarterback controversy isn't going away. Will Applewhite get the start this week at Stanford, or will coach Mack Brown stick with Chris Simms?

"I thought both of them played well," Brown said Sunday. "Those who are wanting a definite answer don't have to look at both of those kids in the face every day.

"I don't get mad about the questions, you're just not going to get a lot of answers," Brown said.

Even though Brown insists he has two "starters", it was Simms who won the preseason battle to take the first snaps against the Ragin' Cajuns. His exit was abrupt.

Texas' first drive ended in a missed 52-yard field goal. The next was over when a scrambling Simms threw an interception that was returned 43 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead for Louisiana-Lafayette.

Brown sent in Applewhite, who led Texas to scores on seven possessions in a row. Simms didn't get back in until the Longhorns were up 45-10 halfway through the third quarter.

"We didn't jerk Chris because of the interception," Brown said.