Lost in the noise of the West Virginia Mountaineers surviving a late Texas Longhorns push and D’Onta Foreman matching Earl Campbell’s record of 11 straight 100-yard performances was true freshman Shane Buechele becoming Texas’ all-time freshman passing leader following Saturday’s 318-yard effort.
Entering his 10th career game in burnt orange, Buechele trailed Colt McCoy’s freshman passing yardage record of 2,570 by only 313 yards. Courtesy of the game’s final drive, which required Buechele to air the ball out for 61 yards, Buechele moved into first place as the Longhorns all-time freshman passing leader by a slim five-yard margin of 2,575.
From an efficiency standpoint, Saturday’s meeting with West Virginia wasn’t Buechele’s best performance, completing 31-of-48 passes. But his new career-high and first 300-yard game was enough for Buechele to break McCoy’s freshman record, and he did so as a true freshman — McCoy was a redshirt freshman in 2006.
More impressively, Buechele accomplished this feat with two games remaining and potentially three is Texas secures a bowl bid with one more win. The fact that Buechele is slinging the ball around to a slew of first-year receivers such as Devin Duvernay, Collin Johnson and quarterback-turned-wide-receiver Jerrod Heard is compliment-worthy, itself.