Texas defeats Kansas 51-20
Nov. 21, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Colt McCoy set an NCAA record with his 43rd career victory as a starter, passing for 396 yards as No. 3 Texas wrapped up the Big 12 South title with a 51-20 victory Saturday night over a Kansas and embattled coach Mark Mangino.
McCoy, playing his final home games, improved to 43-7 in his career as a starter, breaking the record he shared with former Georgia quarterback David Greene (2001-2004).
Texas (11-0, 7-0) secured its first division title since 2005, with a Thanksgiving game at rival Texas A&M left to play before the Big 12 championship on Dec. 5 against Nebraska.
McCoy's big night and two more games to shine on national television could give his Heisman Trophy hopes a big late-season boost. He has 23 touchdown passes this season with 2,996 yards.
Unlike other games when Texas was winning big and McCoy watched the fourth quarter from the sideline, he stayed in against Kansas until late to say a final goodbye to the home fans.
With about six minutes left, the Texas-record crowd of 101,357 chanted "Colt! Colt!" and he hugged coach Mack Brown, saluted the fans and pointed at the sky before jogging into the huddle.
Texas then called a timeout and he and receiver Jordan Shipley walked off the field together to a thunderous cheer and ovation. The roommates have connected for 28 touchdowns.
After the game, most of the crowd stayed to watch as McCoy and Texas' other seniors high-fived fans in the front row. The players went to the corner of the end zone and fired the cannon that notes Longhorns touchdowns. McCoy pounded three times on the "Big Bertha" bass drum before leaving the field.
McCoy was a redshirt freshman watching Vince Young led Texas to the Big 12 title and its first undisputed national championship in 36 years in 2005. His first win came back on Sept. 2, 2006 when he threw a 60-yard touchdown pass on the second attempt of his career.
Back then, the Longhorns went to a no-huddle offense in part to keep him from getting intimidated by the seniors on the offensive line.
In his final home game, McCoy's fifth pass was the 41-yard scoring strike to Kirkendoll when he lofted the ball behind two defenders as the receiver streaked down the sideline.
Kansas put up some of the best numbers of the season against the nation's top-rated defense. Jayhawks quarterback Todd Reesing passed for 256 yards. Dezmon Briscoe had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
But this was McCoy's night.
He connected with Shipley for a score right after McCoy got popped hard on a scramble. The 68-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Williams came on the first play after Kansas had cut Texas' lead to 27-13.
McCoy did just about everything in this one. He rushed for 29 yards and even punted a pooch kick in the third quarter.