Sizzling McCoy sparks Longhorns' strong performance

August, 31, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Colt McCoy's demeanor didn't change, even after the quickest start in school history.

McCoy hit his first 13 passes Saturday night to set the school's one-game record for consecutive completions. His teammates couldn't have believed he had done anything special, considering his on-the-field reaction.

"Colt is always focused in the huddle because we all are trying to," Texas running back Chris Ogbonnaya said. "He'll loosen up a little bit on the sidelines, but I would say almost all the time he's in game mode out there. And it was definitely that way tonight."

The non-plussed McCoy passed for 222 yards and rushed for 103 more yards to lead the Longhorns to an easy 52-10 victory over Florida Atlantic.

During his fast start, McCoy was finding receivers and was comfortable making his second and third reads as he completed 19 of 20 passes and directed four scoring drives in his first five possessions.

"I was just doing what they were telling me to do, putting the ball where it needed to be put," McCoy said. "The receivers were playing great. I didn't realize it would be such a high percentage. But we were just executing what (Texas offensive coordinator) Coach (Greg) Davis wanted us to do. We were able to play great."

After struggling through a disappointing sophomore season, McCoy has said all summer he is focused at improving his individual performance. He proved it with the strong start that led to the Longhorns' resounding victory.

Texas coach Mack Brown was particularly impressed with McCoy's leadership and the way he played throughout the game.

"That's probably as good as he's been," Brown said. "And that's the reason we wanted to finish well. We needed to send a message that we would play 60 minutes and not halfway through the game."

Earlier in the day, his predecessor Vince Young had his jersey retired in an emotional ceremony. In the game, McCoy joined Young as the only Longhorn in history to pass for 200 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game. His total was only three yards short of his career-high 106 yards set last season against Oklahoma State.

"I was giving him a hard time," Ogbonnaya said. "He was running for all those yards when he could have given it to Vondrell (McGee) or Cody (Johnson). But what he did tonight was great. And as long as we win, we don't complain."

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