23 November 2009

Colt Freakin McCoy

Saturday night saw the end of the McCoy era at DKR. He went out with a bang: 300+ yards, 4 touchdowns, one shot of Smokey and some hits on Big Bertha.

There was a play early that reminded me why I've been such an ardent fan of him. On a third down and I think 9, Texas lined up spread, Colt took the snap, saw no one open, and ran for the first down. He slid and took a lick from two different defensive players, but was up and hyped immediately. That took me back to when I first really took my first full swig of the Colt McCoy Kool-Aid...

Nebraska vs Texas at DKR, 2007... 3rd Quarter... Texas is having a hard time of things because Greg Davis is still Greg Davis. They line up spread, and as they had all day, Nebraska blitzed, sacking McCoy. He didn't get up quickly and in fact lied there kind of motionless for a bit too long. Trainers came out and escorted him to the sideline. John Chiles came in, and Texas ran the ball to Jamal Charles for 30+ yards. Then, to many surprised Horns fans, McCoy comes right back in. He takes the snap, and runs a QB draw for 20 yards, takes a SERIOUS hit and jumps right up. The guy is pumping his chest and fists and screaming and getting his team fired up.

For me, that was it. The guy showed toughness that got me out of my seat and cheering till I was horse. Texas won the game, and the story was mostly about how Jamal Charles ran for so much in the 4th quarter. For me tho, it will always be that play. Colt took a shot, had to come out, then came back in, took another and jumped up to show everyone that he is not to be trifled with.

Every Texas quarterback has that iconic moment that burns them in memory of the Horns faithful (see VY Rose Bowl, James Brown in St Louis, Major Applewhite in the Holiday Bowl), but they also have that moment when they go from player to hero. You see them take that step, and as a fan you are grateful for getting to watch it in person. VY did it when he lead Texas back to beat Oklahoma State after being down by 30 at home. Major refused to leave the field at Nebraska despite a concussion to make sure Ricky carried the rest of the load to victory. James Brown beat OU in his very first start.

Nebraska 2008 was that moment for me for Colt. It has been fun to watch him to go even higher, and I can't wait for his legacy moment, maybe in LA.

What are your thoughts on Texas and Colt McCoy after this weekend?

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