Longhorns Just Needed the Real McCoy

If the Longhorns can’t have Colt McCoy play anymore they can have the next best thing—his little brother.

For much of the game Saturday, the Texas Longhorns appeared headed for a loss. BYU was dominating the game in every aspect early on. Should the Longhorns lose to the Cougars, Texas would lose the precarious hold they had on the No 24 spot in the Associate Press poll.

With the way that Garrett Gilbert started the game for the Longhorns, the chances of them pulling out a victory was not looking too good. In the second quarter, when Texas head Coach Mack Brown finally decided to pull his starting quarterback, Gilbert has as many completions to the other team as he had to his own (two).

The switch ended up working in the end for the Longhorns. Between Ash and McCoy, the Longhorns were able to rally and score a pair of touchdowns in the second half while the defense held the Cougars to just a field goal to give Texas a 17-16 victory.

Each had a drive in charge of the ball before the half, but neither was able to do much and the Longhorns were down 13-3 at the end of the half.

Fans were likely afraid that what they were seeing was more of the same from last season when the team was down five times by 10 points or more at the half. They went on to lose all five games.

After a slow start in the second quarter, both QBs looked a lot better in the second half.  At the end of the day McCoy finished with seven completions in eight attempts for 57 yards. Ash completed two of his three passes for 35 yards.

Both Ash and McCoy commented after the game how they felt like the momentum shifted when they came in the game, and that the team rallied around them.

"When Case came in, he played a real leadership role for us," said Jaxon Shipley, the recipient of two big throws from McCoy on that drive.

Jaxon Shipley happens to be the little brother of Colt McCoy’s favorite target during his Longhorn days, wide receiver Jordan Shipley.

The defense came up big a week after failing to record a sack or interception against the Rice Owls. After giving up 13 points in the first half, the Cougars only had one sustained drive in the second half. Three of BYU’s five drives resulted in three and outs; the fifth and final one ended with Texas getting their second interception of the day.

It will be a long week for Mack Brown as he has to decide what to do at quarterback leading up to the team’s next game on Saturday against a tough UCLA team. Gilbert may get another chance, but it would not be surprising if McCoy or Ash were to take over the starting job either. Brown had this to say after the game Saturday.

"We'll talk about (the quarterbacks) tomorrow. I'm just happy we won."
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