Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Texas-sized chip on their shoulders should make the Longhorns No. 1

Reporting from Austin, Texas - A tree stump could pick Florida No. 1 -- we get it.

Everybody loves Raymond and the Gators. So why Texas?

Think of it as déjà Bevo.

The clincher is a story told by a nice young man wearing Harry Potter glasses while standing in the hallway outside Texas' weight room/military industrial complex.

Hard to believe it was Colt McCoy, the team's superstar fifth-year senior quarterback, but he had a student ID card to prove it.

McCoy was a redshirt freshman standing next to quarterback Vince Young on the Rose Bowl sidelines in January 2006 when, in the climactic plot twist to one of college football's all-time page-turners, Texas stopped USC on fourth and two with two minutes left in the Bowl Championship Series title game.

The Longhorns trailed, 38-33.

"I was in the huddle and the coaches were telling him the play before he runs out," McCoy recalled. "I'm there with the clipboard, writing down the plays. Vince said, 'Hey, here we go; it's time to roll.' "

McCoy said Young then looked him square in the eye and said: "You'll be in this position some day. Do what I do."

Young drove the Longhorns 56 yards in 10 plays, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a fourth-down run with seconds remaining.

Texas won, 41-38. (continue)