October 7, 2006

The tide has turned

How big of a performance was this from Colt McCoy?

What is it about freshman for Texas in this ball game? Colt McCoy followed in the footsteps of guys like James Brown and even Peter Gardere in leading the Horns to a win in his first ever meeting with the Horns' biggest rival.

But McCoy didn't just lead the team to a victory. He was calm, cool and collected, and his play was darn near flawless in leading the Horns' second-half charge for what turned out to be a blowout win.

In the first half, McCoy's stas were extremely limited, mostly due to an offensive game plan that had Longhorn fans lighting up the Inside the Forty Acres message board with complaints and frustrations. But in the third quarter, McCoy quieted each and every one of his critics with beautiful reads and pinpoint passes despite limited attempts.

McCoy's growth from the first week of the season was never more apparent than on the Horns' second touchdown of the day (ultimately the game winner). Down 10-7 and facing a second-and-8 at OU 33-yard line, the Sooners brought the house with an all-out blitz. McCoy, like a seasoned veteran, read the blitz perfectly, spotting one-on-one coverage down the left sideline for Limas Sweed. Sweed was able to easily get behind cornerback D.J. Wolfe, and McCoy threw a perfect pass to hit him in stride for a touchdown.

Later in the game, McCoy would top that effort. Texas faced a third-and-goal from the OU 7-yard line. Sweed was lined up wide right, Jordan Shipley in the slot. Everyone in the stadium thought the ball would go to Sweed, but McCoy instead lofted a beautiful pass to Shipley in the corner of the end zone after Shipley ran an out-and-up. The throw was made before Shipley made his final break, and it could not have been placed any better. It covered only seven yards, but was a play that veteran quarterbacks have trouble making.

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