8:00 PM ET, November 27, 2008
Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
AUSTIN, Texas -- Colt McCoy finally got a win over Texas A&M, and No. 2 Texas put a historic whipping on a bitter rival.
The question now is, was it enough?
Was a 49-9 victory impressive enough to give McCoy a fighting chance for the Heisman Trophy and keep his team in the hunt for the Bowl Championship Series championship game?
Longhorns coach Mack Brown thought so.
"I felt they made the statement they needed to make," Brown said. "Starting with Colt."
• Colt McCoy threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns. He added two rushing TDs as he continues to climb the all-time leaderboard at Texas. McCoy has now thrown for 3,445 yards this season, passing Major Applewhite for the most yards in one season in school history. Thursday was also McCoy's 31st win under center for the Longhorns, tying him with Vince Young for the most by a Texas quarterback.
• The win is the 200th of Texas coach Mack Brown's career. He is the seventh coach in FBS history to win 200 or more games in his first 25 seasons.
• Texas A&M lost its third straight and eighth this season. After not losing more than seven games in a season from 1973-2002, the Aggies have now done it twice in the last six years (finished 4-8 in 2003).
-- ESPN research
McCoy passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Longhorns (11-1, 7-1 Big 12) posted the largest margin of victory in the rivalry since a 48-0 Texas victory way back in 1898.
McCoy finished with 311 yards on 23-of-28 passing and ran for 49 more to earn his first win over the Aggies in three tries. He also got career victory No. 31, passing Vince Young to set a Texas record for starting quarterbacks, and set a Longhorns season record with 3,594 yards passing.
Texas, currently No. 2 in the BCS standings, now must wait until this weekend to see if its national title dreams are intact. The Longhorns are in prime position for at least a berth in a BCS bowl, but need some help if the team that spent a month at No. 1 will be able to play for the Big 12 title and BCS national championship.
A potential three-way tie for the Big 12 South division could swing to No. 3 Oklahoma if the Sooners beat No. 12 Oklahoma State on Saturday and leap Texas in the BCS rankings. Even if the Sooners lose, No. 7 Texas Tech still holds a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Longhorns going into the Red Raiders' game against Baylor.
That's why Texas needed a big win over a big rival in front of a national television audience. Style matters at this point in the season and the question now is whether Texas' victory impressed BCS voters. The Associated Press rankings are not part of the BCS.
"The voters have a real tough decision," Brown said. "Oklahoma is a great team. Texas Tech is a great team. I do not want to sit here and take anything away from them. This league is better than it's ever been."
McCoy deflected questions about what should happen to his Longhorns at this point.
"We can't control all that. We wanted to leave it all out on the field and we did that," he said. "It's been a great season."
While the final score was lopsided, the Longhorns quickly found themselves in a physical battle.
The game got chippy even before the start. Shortly before kickoff, dozens of Longhorns and Aggies players were exchanging words in the end zone before coaches and game officials broke it up. After McCoy capped an 80-yard opening drive with a 14-yard TD run, he was sacked three times in the first half and knocked down on several other occasions.
The Texas defense, however, held the Aggies to minus-1 yard on their first three possessions. Texas A&M tried to find a spark in the second quarter with McGee, who beat Texas the last two years but has been relegated to backup duty most of this season.
McGee passed for 207 yards but could only lead A&M to a first-half field goal. Johnson returned in the fourth.
"I just wanted to get out there and play, just get out there with the guys and play the game I love so much," McGee said. "I'm just thankful for one final opportunity to put on the maroon and white and suit up and go get in there and compete."
McCoy's TD passes of 20 yards to Brandon Collins and Quan Cosby made it 21-3 at halftime. The strike to Cosby came three plays after McCoy had been staggered with a hard hit to the chest. McCoy dodged a pass rusher, ran to his right and fired back across the field to Cosby in the end zone.
"Colt started making plays to turn that thing around," Brown said. "He made a huge statement tonight. I do think he's the best player, he's the most valuable player, on one of the best teams in the country."
In the third, Texas marched 80 yards on five plays and McCoy got his second rushing TD, this one covering 16 yards. McCoy split two defenders and got spun high in the air when he leaped between them at the goal line.
The Aggies have struggled mightily under first-year coach Mike Sherman in a season that began with a loss at home to Arkansas State and never got any better. The Aggies went winless in the Big 12 South for the first time.
"I think this program, this team, this family, this organization is headed in the right direction," Aggies defensive lineman Alton Dixon said. "It's basically coming down to just winning the game."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Colt McCoy sprinted 16 yards for a touchdown to give the Horns a 28-3 lead in the third quarter.
Gameball goes to... McCoy. The junior passed for 311 yards and two TDs. McCoy also rushed for 48 yards and two more scores.
Stat of the game... 216, -24. The Horns rushed for 216 yards and held the Aggies to minus-24 yards on the ground.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-14||14-17|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||0-0|
|TD||08:57||Colt McCoy 14 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)||0||7|
|TD||05:13||Brandon Collins 20 Yd Pass From Colt McCoy (Hunter Lawrence Kick)||0||14|
|FG||01:51||Randy Bullock 37 Yd||3||14|
|TD||00:12||Quan Cosby 9 Yd Pass From Colt McCoy (Hunter Lawrence Kick)||3||21|
|TD||08:11||Colt McCoy 16 Yd Run (Hunter Lawrence Kick)||3||28|
|TD||14:25||Cody Johnson 1 Yd Run (Hunter Lawrence Kick)||3||35|
|TD||12:22||Cody Johnson 23 Yd Run (Hunter Lawrence Kick)||3||42|
|TD||11:23||Jeff Fuller 33 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Two-Point Conversion Failed)||9||42|
|TD||02:13||John Chiles 2 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)||9||49|