Baylor game honors and notes
Nov. 15, 2009
Players of the Week
“We played very well at Baylor and are very excited about how we got out to a great start, but in watching the film, we still have so much we can improve on. We can finish better and still haven’t played our best for 60 minutes. We’re happy with where we are and really enjoying coaching these kids and watching them play.”
“We’re really happy to be 10-0, but even more excited with the enthusiasm and passion the guys continue to play with every week. We enjoyed reviewing the Baylor win, but at today’s meeting you could tell how excited the guys were about starting to get ready for the Kansas game. Now our total focus goes to the Jayhawks and continuing towards our first goal, which is to represent the South at the Big 12 Championship game. It will be another prime time game with national attention so it will be another fun week.”
HORNS IMPROVE TO 10-0: Texas started the year 10-0 for the second time in the last five years (joining the 2005 National Championship squad). Prior to 2005, the last time the Longhorns opened the year 10-0 was 1983. In 117 years of football, UT has opened the season 10-0 seven times (1963, 1969, 1970, 1977, 1983, 2005, 2009) and two of those have come during the Mack Brown era.
10 WINS: Texas has extended its streak to nine straight 10-win seasons. That's the nation's longest active streak, a UT record and now stands as the second-longest 10-win victory string in NCAA history (trailing only Florida State's 14 in a row from 1987-2000). Texas will be seeking to post an 11-win season in back-to-back years for the third time (2004-05 and 2001-02) in the Mack Brown era. Prior to Brown's arrival, the Horns had never before posted consecutive 11-win campaigns. As a matter of fact, Brown is seeking to lead the Horns to a sixth season of 11 or more wins. That compares to the four 11-win seasons (1963, 1969, 1977 an 1983) in Texas history before Brown's arrival in 1998.
McCOY'S 10 WINS: Colt McCoy has led Texas to four straight 10-win seasons, establishing him as the only QB in NCAA history to lead his team to four campaigns of at least 10 victories.
WIN 42 FOR McCOY: Colt McCoy, who tied the NCAA record for career victories by a starting QB at 42, led the Texas offense to five TDs (six scores) and a field goal on their first eight drives to take a 40-0 halftime lead on the road at Baylor. He was 19-of-26 (73.1%) for 164 yards and two TDs at halftime. He played just two drives in the second half. As a matter of fact, McCoy has played beyond a few plays into the fourth quarter in just four of 10 games on the year. McCoy has been the QB on 113 of UT's 135 drives (86%) this season. The Horns have scored on almost 50 percent of their drives with McCoy in control (56-of-113) and are averaging almost four points per drive.
SCORING DIFFERENTIAL: With the nation’s second-ranked scoring offense and the seventh-ranked scoring defense, Texas ranks first nationally in scoring differential. The Longhorns are averaging 41.6 points per game on offense and are only giving up 12.6 ppg for a differential of 29.0 ppg. In total, the Horns have scored 416 points and only given up 126 for a 290-point differential.
DOMINATING DEFENSE: Facing a Baylor team that was coming off a 40-32 upset win at Missouri and with the Big 12’s reigning Offensive Player of the Week in Nick Florence (427 passing yards and three TDs versus Missouri), the Longhorns defense completely shut down the Bears. Texas held Baylor to just 37 yards on 30 plays in mounting a 40-0 halftime lead. The Bears managed just 87 yards on 47 plays (1.9 ypp) before the Horns reserves took over after three quarters. Over the last seven games, the Texas defense has allowed an average of 191 total yards per game and hasn’t given up more than 14 points in a game. Overall, UT has given up 72 points in the seven games (10.3 ppg), allowing just 11 scoring drives (eight TDs/three FGs) on 89 possessions (12.4%). The Horns have given up just 1,338 yards on 433 plays (3.1 ypp) in that span.
LEADING THE WAY: Texas ranks among the top 10 in the nation in several categories including Total Defense (232.3 ypg/1st), Rushing Defense (50.4 ypg/1st), Third-Down Defense (24.5%/35-of-143/1st), Scoring Offense (41.6/2nd), Kickoff Returns (29.6/2nd), Turnovers Gained (29/2nd), Interceptions (19/2nd), Red Zone Offense (96%/3rd), Pass Efficiency Defense (95.4 rating/5th), Turnover Margin (+1.1/5th), Scoring Defense (12.6 ppg/7th), Tackles for Loss (8th) and First Downs (24.3 pg/8th).
McCOY HEATING UP: Over the past four games, Colt McCoy has completed 98-of-128 passes (76.6%) for 1,091 yards (272.8 ypg) and eight TDs (2 INT). That works out to a 165.7 pass efficiency rating. Excluding sacks, he's also rushed for 106 yards on 26 carries (4.1 ypc). He's led the Longhorns to scores on 21 (17 TDs/4 FGs) of 35 drives (60%) in those games.
CLIMBING THE NCAA CHARTS: In addition to tying the NCAA record for career QB victories (42), McCoy improved his career total offense numbers to 13,747 yards to move into fifth place on the NCAA all-time list. He also has 12,360 career passing yards (12th in NCAA history), 104 career passing TDs (7th), 122 career TDs responsible for (9th) and his 70.7 career completion percentage still ranks as tops in NCAA history.
HOT HANDS: Over the last four games, Shipley has posted 30 catches for 491 yards (16.4 ypc) and five TDs. He is averaging 7.5 catches and 122.8 yards per game over that stretch.
SHIP’S SEASON: Jordan Shipley is one of just three players nationally to post at least four games with double-digit receptions and one of nine receivers to register at least five 100-yard receiving games. He is one of only two receivers to do both joining Bowling Green’s Freddie Barnes.