It seemed like it happened instantly. The clock showed zeros at the Rose Bowl. Alabama had beaten Texas for the first time ever, 37-21. Huge disappointment for Longhorns, jubilation for the Crimson Tide, most Red Raiders, Aggies, and Sooners. Those same Tech, A&M, and ou fans seemed to instantly assume that the collective burnt orange nation would scream for an asterisk to be placed on this loss, that all Horns fans would go ahead and order championship rings for the players and coaches, and go ahead and give Mack Brown that $450k raise he would have gotten for winning the BCS Championship (at a time when students' tuition is skyrocketing every semester, by the way), because, hey, we would have beaten Bama by AT LEAST 67 points had Colt not gone down after the 5th snap. From what I've seen on other blogs, and heard from our awesome rivals here in the Big 12 South, are things like: "I cannot stand the excuses they're coming up with in Austin," and "Here they go, Longhorn fans whining again that they got screwed, just like last year." Listen, I know you might've run into one of our t-shirt fans at work or something who couldn't stop talking about how we got screwed and cheated, but it seems like everyone automatically assumed we would use the Colt-getting-hurt excuse to blame our loss on before any UT fan said a word after the game (see Beergut's pullitzer prize winning material over at iamthe12thman.com). Just yesterday (I think) on the main page of BON was a post titled "The Folly of 'What If?'" and there are numerous fanposts here saying how proud of we were of our team for the way they fought. I have heard no excuses or whining from the Texas players, coaches, and 90% of our fans. Do we believe the game would have turned out differently with Colt? I think most do. Personally, I think Texas probably would have won with him, but there's no way of knowing. I do know that we were 3 points down with 4 minutes left, so that proves that, without McCoy, Texas was able to put itself in a position to win the game. Texas did not win, though, because Alabama was a better, more complete team. See any excuses in this post? No, they exist only in your head.