Nov. 22, 2009
Natalie England, Texas Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas – A record crowd of 101,357 crammed into Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Of course, there was a football game to watch, but mostly the burnt orange crowd was there to say, “Thank you.”
With UT’s 51-20 victory against Kansas, senior quarterback Colt McCoy – already the winningest quarterback in Texas history – set the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for career quarterback victories with his 43rd.
And, this was senior night, and thus the final home game for McCoy. Chants of “Colt, Colt,” willed him off the sideline late in the fourth quarter, and as he and his fellow seniors jogged around Joe Jamail Field for a final victory lap, “Colt for Heisman” calls echoed around the stadium.
Even Kansas coach Mark Mangino had something to say to McCoy, and he waited after the game to greet him.
“What a talented guy,” Mangino said. “I told him after the game I’ve enjoyed watching him play, but I didn’t like the idea of having to play against him.”
However Mangino said as impressed as he is with McCoy as a football player, he is even more impressed by the caliber of person he is.
McCoy finished with 396 passing yards on 32-of-41 passing, and also threw four touchdown passes against the Jayhawks. Three of McCoy’s TD passes went for at least 38 yards.
“Obviously, he’s a great player. The statistics now say that,” Kansas DE Jeff Wheeler said. “We had a few breakdowns, and they were able to capitalize. That’s the sign of a great team.”
Over the past five games, McCoy has completed 130-of-169 passes for 1,487 yards and 14 TDs for a passer rating of 175.8. And that span is merely a microcosm of what McCoy has accomplished throughout his four-year UT career.
He’s thrown a TD pass in 47 of his 50 starts, and on Saturday, McCoy became the first player in Big 12 Conference history to throw at least 20 TD passes in four different seasons.
In the wake of defeat, Mangino praised UT’s defense and its “big, strong, fast” dynamics. Mangino also called out UT’s special teams. But he tied everything back to McCoy.
“He’s a talented young guy. He’s the leader of that team, no question,” Mangino said. “And that team will obviously compete for a Big 12 Championship, and quite possibly compete for a national championship. They’re that good.”