McCoy finishing career with a flurry
Record-setting QB's performance in 51-20 romp over Kansas bodes well for Longhorns
AUSTIN, Texas -- Colt McCoy wanted to savor this one.
The senior quarterback, in his final game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, had just finished throwing for 396 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-20 win over Kansas to clinch the Big 12 South and didn't want to leave the field.
No quarterback has more wins as a starter in major college football than McCoy, who earned his record-breaking 43rd victory Saturday. That passed former Georgia quarterback David Greene.
McCoy saluted the largest crowd ever to see a game in Austin -- 101,357 -- by doing his own version of Cal Ripken's jog around the field, high-fiving hundreds of fans. He stopped to fire off the cannon in the corner of the north end zone.
"I wanted to do that, but was worried about getting a 15-yard penalty," McCoy joked.
He even managed to take a good whack at Big Bertha, the huge Texas drum. The only thing McCoy didn't do was conduct the band.
"I'm just so thankful," McCoy said shortly after the celebration. "I've worked hard to be at this point, but I have had great teammates and great coaches."
McCoy was quick to point out that his team has only a few days to prepare for Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night. It's one of the few remaining hurdles the Longhorns must jump to play in the national title game in January. The Aggies became bowl-eligible with a big win over Baylor on Saturday. They'd like nothing better than to ruin the Longhorns' championship hopes with an upset in College Station after everyone has enjoyed their turkey.
McCoy's mission is to make sure that doesn't happen. And if he plays like he did against Kansas, the Longhorns should head to the Big 12 championship game in Arlington next month undefeated. The Longhorns will meet Nebraska in Texas' first appearance in the title game since 2005. That season ended with a national title.
"I am extremely proud," Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said. "To win more games than anyone who has played the game of college football is quite an honor, and it could not go to a more deserving young man. I am like a proud father."
Texas coach Mack Brown was impressed with the way his senior handled the hubbub that surrounded his attempt to break the all-time wins record.
"I don't think I've ever seen Colt any better," Brown said. "I don't think we could have scripted it any better. He's in here for a big finish, and he was sending that message."
McCoy sure looked a lot like the guy that was piling up huge numbers in 2008 on his way to a runner-up finish for the Heisman Trophy. He spread the ball out to various receivers, rushed for 44 yards -- including an 11-yard scamper that gave Texas a big third-down conversion in the second half -- and even pooch-punted. "He is Superman," defensive end Sergio Kindle said.
When Kansas appeared to grab some momentum and close the deficit to 14 points in the third quarter, McCoy needed 10 seconds and one throw to effectively end the game. He made a convincing play-action fake and found Malcolm Williams cutting across the field for a 68-yard touchdown pass. The Longhorns weren't really challenged after that.
McCoy's performance keeps him in contention for the Heisman, a race without a real favorite. Texas is doing what it can to push McCoy in the minds of voters. A DVD of his highlights was placed at every press-box spot after Saturday's game.
But McCoy doesn't like to talk about individual honors. He has said repeatedly this season that he wants championships. He's won his first division title and can take two more -- the conference and national crowns -- if the Longhorns keep winning.
McCoy wasn't the only Longhorns senior to make his mark Saturday. Texas called timeout midway through the fourth quarter to allow the senior offensive players to exit the field to huge applause. Jordan Shipley and McCoy held their helmets up as the crowd roared. The senior offensive linemen have done a nice job all season of giving McCoy time to throw the ball. And Shipley has become a threat all over the field. Kansas keyed on Shipley, but he still managed to catch 10 balls for 108 yards. He has 1,204 receiving yards, which sets a Texas single-season record.
The Longhorns did the same thing for the defense, which has been led all season by former Dallas Woodrow Wilson standout Kindle. He had four tackles for a defense that finished with six sacks and an interception.
"That's what you want Senior Day to be," Brown said. "You only get one. This senior class has been special."
They are special to the tune of 43-7 the past four years, and a chance to finish their careers with a Big 12 title and a national championship. To do that, Texas must beat the Aggies on Thursday.
"That's our focus now," McCoy said.
Richard Durrett covers college sports for ESPNDallas.com E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.