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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Halftime: Texas 21, Texas A&M 3

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin


AUSTIN -- Colt McCoy doesn't have the weapons surrounding him that Sam Bradford or Graham Harrell do.

It's why I think he deserves the Heisman Trophy as much as anybody in the country. And he's showing why tonight.

McCoy's grit was shown in a strong first-half performance as he directed the Longhorns to a 21-3 halftime advantage over Texas A&M.

The junior quarterback accounted for all Texas touchdowns, running for one score and passing for the other two in a vintage first-half effort.

It's wasn't always been pretty. McCoy has been hammered by a surprisingly strong A&M pass rush, including one play late in the first half when he was smashed by Von Miller that left him gasping for breath.

What did he do after that play? He rebounded to hit his final three passes of the first half, including a pair of dramatic improvisational plays capped with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Quan Cosby for Texas' last touchdown with 12 seconds left.

I don't know if Texas is showing that they deserve to play in the BCS championship game.

But McCoy, who completed 18 of 21 passes for 177 yards and rushed for 33 more yards, is making a convincing argument for the Heisman.

Some other things I've noticed in the first half: