In the midst of the Magical Moxie Tour, the ability of the Texas Longhorns to persevere through adversity was at a high point and in no game was it more apparent than the back-and-forth overtime contest against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown.
First, senior team leader Chris Whaley went down early in the game when he was rolled up on near the Texas goal line. Later in the game it was sophomore team leader Johnathan Gray who went down with his Achilles injury.
Yet, with the game on the line, there was head coach Mack Brown standing in the huddle with a smile on his face as the team stood on the precipice of a potentially ugly loss to one of the worst teams in the conference, facing 4th and 7 with the game on the line.
And there was quarterback Case McCoy, moments after taking a big hit on 3rd down, confident as always that he could make the plays necessary to win.
"Do you know that every player and every coach on the team was looking at me to see how I respond? Every one of them," Brown said the Monday after the game.
"And if I'm tight, they're tight. If I show confidence in them, and why wouldn't I because they've always made those plays and then I told them, 'this is who we are, how much fun is this, we're exactly where we like to be.' We're going to make it, and then after Case (McCoy) and Jaxon (Shipley) did it, I pointed to Case and said, 'you did it again, now we're going to score and win the game,' and he said, 'you're right.'"
The Mountaineers inexplicably played off of wide receiver Jaxon Shipley, allowing McCoy's old friend to drive the defensive back well past the first down marker as West Virginia instead opted to blitz two players from the short side of the field where Shipley was aligned in an attempt to pressure McCoy into an off-target throw.
Instead, the Texas running back picked up the first blitzer, the second was late to arrive, and McCoy was able to calmly deliver a strike to Shipley two yards past the marker for a first down that set up the game-tying field goal with 13 seconds left on the block before scoring a touchdown on the first possession of overtime on a 3rd and goal play-action pass to fullback Alex De La Torre.
And so the first trip to Morgantown for the Texas Longhorns was an extremely memorable one.