We've been reviewing the offense as a whole, and we'll get to the rest of the team before long, but Colt McCoy earned a standalone review after yet another standout performance that sent him into the Texas record books.
The game numbers were, once again, there. McCoy completed 23 of his 29 pass attempts for 346 yards, with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. With the three touchdowns, McCoy upped his season total to 27, a University of Texas single-season record. The 27 touchdowns also moves him into sole possession of 6th place on the UT career touchdown list. At his current pace, Colt McCoy will hold the all-time career touchdown record at Texas by the end of his sophomore season.
His season totals are simply gaudy. 170 completions in 246 attempts (69.11%), for 2,051 yards, 27 touchdowns, just 4 interceptions. His passer rating of 172.1 is the tops in the Big 12, and #2 in the nation. Any way you look at it, Colt's having a remarkable season. Forget comparing him to other freshmen. Compare him to anyone; he's having that good a season.
Last night, he was as precise as a neurosurgeon, taking what was given to him while placing football after football in just the right spot. I kept waiting for a bad throw, or near interception, but one never came. The Cowboys spent a lot of energy taking Limas Sweed out of Texas' gameplan, and McCoy calmly looked elsewhere, completing 18 passes between Billy Pittman (7), Quan Cosby (4), Jordan Shipley (3), Jermichael Finley (2), and Nate Jones (2).
And that was what made it such an impressive showing. Oklahoma State clearly thought that McCoy's ability to beat defenses was linked to his ability to make big plays with Limas Sweed. McCoy showed his willingness and ability to knife the defense with an array of receiving weapons. Succinctly said: he's playing like a senior veteran.
And yet he's a freshman. It's pretty difficult to overstate how good he's become since the beginning of this season. Grade: A