NCF Nation: Brandon Collins

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

 
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 Quan Cosby pulled in the winning 26-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds to play.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- They made it back to the team hotel Sunday minutes before curfew and headed straight for the water.

As Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and wide receivers Quan Cosby, Jordan Shipley and Brandon Collins hopped back and forth between the hot and cold tubs, they began talking about the next day's game.

"The night before a game, that's all that's on your mind really," Shipley said. "We feel like it could always come down to a play like that."

Added Cosby: "People say, 'I dreamed about it,' and all that stuff. Everybody dreams about it. We talked about it [Sunday] night as we were sitting in ice, which wasn't very fun."

Cosby had plenty of fun Monday night as he lit up Ohio State's defense for 171 receiving yards on 14 receptions, none more important than the last, a 26-yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining. The score lifted Texas to a dramatic 24-21 win against Ohio State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and capped a stellar senior season for Cosby, who notched career highs in both receptions and yards in his final collegiate game.

The 5-11, 200-pound senior had three receptions on Texas' game-winning drive, and he found a way to slip behind Ohio State defenders who employed an aggressive scheme but did an excellent job of keeping plays in front of them all night. The Buckeyes had prevented big plays with textbook tackling, but Cosby got free of safety Anderson Russell and leaped into the end zone.

 
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 Cosby torched Ohio State's defense for 171 yards and 14 receptions.

"Quan is as good a football player as I've ever been around," Shipley said. "He always seems to make plays. He just kind of slipped through. He caught a slant and just slipped off the tackle and then it was nothing but green grass from there."

As he trotted off the field following Texas' trophy presentation, Cosby was asked what he saw on the game's decisive play.

"A touchdown," he replied, smiling.

McCoy was named the Offensive Player of the Game, but the award easily could have gone to Cosby, who nearly broke free several times and set a Texas bowl record for receptions. Cosby became the first Texas receiver to eclipse 100 yards in a bowl game since Roy Williams in the 2003 Cotton Bowl against LSU.

"He is the MVP in my mind," McCoy said. "On that last play when [Ohio State] brought everybody, he kind of said over and over, 'If I catch the same look give me a slant behind the linebacker. If he comes, you just make that miss, we will score.'

"We had confidence in each other. We have done that all year long."

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here's a collection of factoids, notes and quotes that I came up with during the course of the week.

HOT AND NOT

Sizzling

  • Nebraska's ball-control offense in the last two games. The Cornhuskers have dominated time of possession by a 77:23 to 42:37 difference -- an incredible margin of nearly 35 minutes. And Nebraska's 10 scoring drives in those two games have averaged 10.3 plays, 73.6 yards with an average time of possession of 5 minutes, 7.6 seconds.

Hot

  • Oklahoma State's run defense, which has limited opponents to 53 yards and 2.2 yards per carry in the last two games.

Not:

Texas A&M, which started the season at 2-5 for the first time since 1980.

Hot

  • Missouri tight end Chase Coffman who has produced 38 catches in his last four games, including more than 10 receptions in three of the games.

Not

  • Missouri running back Derrick Washington, who has rushed for an average of 14 yards per game and 1.9 yards per carry in his last two games. Washington produced an average of 100 yards per game and 7.5 yards per carry in his first five games.

Hot

Not

  • Missouri's defense, which slid to 114th in pass defense and 100th in total defense after losing to the Longhorns last week.

Hot

  • Kansas, which has won 13 straight games at home. Texas Tech, however, will be the first foe during that streak that has been ranked.

Not

  • Baylor has lost 15 straight games to ranked teams

Hot

  • Texas Tech's defense, which limited Texas A&M to 32 yards in the second half and 20 yards rushing in the game to nail down a 43-25 victory over the Aggies.

Not

  • Texas Tech's kicking game, which has missed six extra point opportunities and made only 4 of 8 field goal attempts. No wonder coach Mike Leach is considering walk-on Matt Williams as an alternative.

Hot

  • Colorado running back Rodney Stewart, who last week tied the school freshman record with his third 100-yard game of the season.

Not

  • Colorado kicker Aric Goodman has missed six straight field goals since earning a scholarship after his game-winning kick against West Virginia on Sept. 18.

Frigid

  • Missouri's ballyhooed offense at the start of last week's game against Texas. In their first four possessions, the Tigers produced 14 yards on 15 plays.

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