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Colt McCoy loves to play Texas Tech -- with good reason

9/16/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Colt McCoy will be playing one of his favorite opponents Saturday night when Texas squares off with Texas Tech.

It’s understandable why this is such a big rivalry for McCoy. Many of his relatives and fellow classmates from Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, Texas, attend Texas Tech. Even one of McCoy’s uncles is employed at Texas Tech in Lubbock. McCoy’s hometown is about three hours southeast of Lubbock.

“I have a lot of friends and family that goes to school there,” McCoy said. “It’s a big game every year and means a lot to me.”

McCoy grew up only 25 miles away from Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts. His high-school team never played Potts’ high-school team because they were in different classifications.

His association with the many Texas Tech friends and family make this final game against them even more meaningful.

“One of our goals as a team is to win every game against anybody in Texas,” McCoy said. “For me, it’s fun. I enjoy playing Tech because I grew up in that area. I’m excited to play them one more time.”

Whatever the reason, McCoy has excelled in his first three games against the Red Raiders. He led a dramatic comeback in Lubbock as a freshman, enabling the Longhorns to charge back from an early 21-point first-quarter deficit en route to a wild 35-31 victory. He also engineered a 59-43 victory as a sophomore in 2007 and nearly had the Longhorns in place for a comeback victory from a 19-point deficit last season before the Red Raiders rallied to a 39-33 triumph.

Here’s a look at what McCoy has been able to accomplish against Texas Tech in previous games.