Colt McCoy added a possible Heisman highlight to his resume Saturday against rival Oklahoma. Late in the first half, trailing 6-3, McCoy and the Longhorns looked to capitalize off a Sooners special teams miscue, giving Texas the ball in Crimson and Cream territory with a little over three minutes to go before halftime. Showing a flash of what had helped earn him a trip to New York City one season before, McCoy weaved his way through defenders, traversing 27 yards. But as he fought for the final yardage and began his descent toward the turf, the ball appeared to be stripped loose and recovered by Oklahoma.
McCoy and the Texas offense remained on the field and remained hopeful as replay officials reviewed the play. The video confirmed the call on the field. Another turnover. The Sooner lead was still intact. The Texas quarterback made his way to the sidelines but just prior to stepping off the field, he had one more message to give. Not to his teammates. Not to the coaching staff. Nor to the opponents. With his helmet in hand, McCoy paused and then looked up to the heavens as he has done before. The difference this time? A stern-faced McCoy had a message for God.
Those who have followed McCoy over the years will make the educated guess that the senior signal caller's message to the heavens pertained to recognizing that this was another challenge that he would ultimately answer and grow stronger from. But for the rest of us who don't read lips, we can speculate that perhaps this was something else. While his run would not be his defining Heisman moment, perhaps his skyward message was.
In 2008, Tim Tebow was praised for making "the promise." Days prior to Saturday's game at the State Fair, a developing storyline was that while McCoy and Sam Bradford enjoy a close relationship, the same could not be said for McCoy and the country's slightly more famous God-fearing dual-threat. With 2:17 remaining in the first half, McCoy gave his own statement to an audience of one.
It's long been speculated that when McCoy enters the NFL, he'll have an even bigger platform to spread the Word of God, and there would be no better and effective way of doing so than having God move in with him as roommates. (Colt would pay most the bills, but God apparently said he'd handle the water.) These past few years it has been realized there is no better way to get media exposure than to be the literal roommate of McCoy. With Jordan Shipley out of town, Colt and God had a trial run as co-tenants sharing a room, but the relationship was strained as God mistakenly packed his Tim Tebow pajamas. Saturday's fumble appeared to be the final straw, as the quarterback muttered a few words before stepping off the field. God, having already given his 30-days written notice, had no choice but to help guide the Longhorns on 13-7 second half run.
In lieu of a plaque, it will be written in stone.