Case McCoy saved the Texas Longhorns and Mack Brown on the road against the Kansas Jayhawks. His relief performance in the fourth quarter—5-of-7 for 68 yards and the game-winning touchdown—helped the team avoid a colossal upset, improving the Longhorns to 6-2 while making them bowl eligible.
On the day, starting QB David Ash completed only 50 percent of his passes for 63 yards and threw two interceptions, giving way to McCoy with Texas down by seven entering the fourth. The change turned out to be a competitive advantage, as McCoy took advantage of an unprepared Kansas defense.
In short, McCoy showed an ability to step in and overcome a tough situation for a big-time program. Let's look ahead and see why the Longhorns now have a quarterback controversy in Austin.
More Confident QB Right Now
After the Kansas game, McCoy is definitely the more confident quarterback at the moment. And with the Longhorns playing at Texas Tech next week, Brown's offense needs to be living off the more rhythmic signal-caller.
If Texas really wants to salvage its season and enter the Kansas State game a few weeks from now with supreme confidence, going with the hot quarterback makes the most sense.
After throwing two straight incomplete passes against Kansas, McCoy settled in and delivered on the final drive. Bottom line, McCoy came through in the clutch.
Nothing to Lose
If Texas is to get back into the Big 12 Championship hunt, a lot must go its way. West Virginia and Oklahoma each have to lose three conference games, and the Wildcats need to fall at least once before they host the Longhorns on Dec. 1.
All that said, Texas really doesn't have anything to lose at this point in the season. The Longhorns don't control their own destiny regarding the conference title, so they might as well give McCoy a chance.
An eight- or nine-win season is still possible. While that record is not meeting the expectations of Brown or Texas football, after a combined 13-12 record over the previous two seasons, 2012 is giving promise back to Austin.
Every team goes through a transition at some point or another; the quarterback duo of McCoy and Ash is a byproduct of that. An open competition will give Texas an even brighter outlook for 2013.
Turnovers and Consistency
In 2011, Ash threw only four touchdowns to eight interceptions and had a 56.9 completion percentage. McCoy wasn't much better with seven touchdowns to four picks, though all of his interceptions did come in one game (versus Baylor).
This season, only one of those two quarterbacks had taken virtually all of the snaps going into the Kansas game. Ash had enjoyed a solid season entering the game against the Jayhawks, throwing for 12 scores to just three picks with a 70.3 completion percentage.
Unfortunately for Ash, his poor performance against the Jayhawks was his second in the last three games. He also didn't play well against the Sooners, completing only 13 of 29 passes with no TDs. He also threw two interceptions.
In a limited role, McCoy has yet to throw an interception in 2012. While the sample size is small, it wouldn't hurt to put that consistency to the test in a starting role.
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