AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Colt McCoy already had a really cool name
for a Texas quarterback. Now he's written it into the Longhorn
Next, he probably needs a nickname. "Six Shooter" maybe?
McCoy threw for a school-record six touchdown passes Saturday
night and No. 6 Texas recovered from an early 10-point deficit to
roll to a 63-31 victory over Baylor, seizing sole possession of
first place in the Big 12 South.
With a 50-yard fourth-quarter strike to Limas Sweed, the
redshirt freshman from West Texas put his name above James Brown
and Chris Simms who shared the school single-game record of five.
And yet when it was over, all McCoy wanted to talk about was his
slow start: His lone interception -- "dumb" -- and a scoring throw
that probably should have been picked off if not for a great catch
by tight end Jermichael Finley.
"I shouldn't have thrown that," McCoy said. "Their secondary
did a good job."
McCoy passed for a career-high 275 yards. Of his 21 completions,
nearly a third were for touchdowns. Sweed and Billy Pittman each
"I didn't realize (the record) in the game," said McCoy, who
has 18 TD passes this season. "There were great plays, great
touchdowns. But early on, things weren't working and it was because
Texas (6-1, 3-0) was shut out in the first quarter. But five
Baylor turnovers and two defensive touchdowns pushed the Longhorns
past the 60-point mark against the Bears for the second year in a
Shawn Bell passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns and even
caught one on a trick play in the third quarter for Baylor (3-4,
The upstart Bears came in tied with Texas for first place in the
division and cornerback C.J. Wilson predicted an "I-35 Surprise"
that would shake up the league.
And for 15 minutes, Texas looked stuck in a post-Oklahoma
hangover and anything seemed possible.
The Bears hit a 67-yard touchdown pass on their first play. The
defense stuffed the Longhorns on the first three series and the
Bears looked primed for the upset until McCoy started firing TDs.
Bell stunned the home crowd when he faked a handoff, paused,
then launched a perfect strike to Trent Shelton on Baylor's first
play. Bell followed the play with both hands pointing upside down
hook'em horns signs.
When Ryan Havens kicked a 27-yard field goal, Baylor, which had
been shut out by Texas three of the last four years, led 10-0.
"We always talk about not eating the poison cheese, we nibbled
some," Texas coach Mack Brown said of the dangers of a letdown
after beating Oklahoma a week earlier.
"We didn't throw up but we got a little dizzy," he said.
Everything changed with a sack and a fumble.
Tim Crowder sacked Bell, the ball popped out and Texas recovered
on the Baylor 29. Three plays later, McCoy and Pittman connected
for Texas' first score.
The Longhorns forced three turnovers in the second quarter,
turning them all into touchdowns. For his part, McCoy kept putting
it up and his receivers kept finding the end zone. Three of his TD
passes covered 24 yards or more.
Finley made it 14-10 when McCoy scrambled to his left, waited at
the sideline, then threw into coverage. Finley bailed him out when
he plucked the ball out of Wilson's hands for the touchdown.
Wilson, so bold with his prediction earlier in the week, also
got burned on Sweed's long TD in the fourth.
Matt Melton returned an interception 34 yards and Texas led
28-10 at halftime.
"We made Pop Warner mistakes," Shelton said. "We cut out
those fumbles and interceptions and it's a whole different
After Bell cut the Texas lead to 28-17 with his TD catch, McCoy
went right back to work. His fourth scoring pass covered 19 yards
to Sweed and the rout was on.
After the game, Wilson wasn't inclined to give McCoy much
"We beat ourselves more than he beat us," Wilson said. "If I
was a betting man, and I am not, I would bet anything that our
defense would beat their offense any day of the week."
Texas players declined to comment on Wilson's bold pregame
prediction of an upset. The scoreboard likely said all they would
have wanted to anyway.
"We're not proud we got behind," Brown said. "But we're proud
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