As has been the case in all of their previous losses, the Texas Longhorns’ chances at BCS play were killed by inconsistency at the quarterback position.
A popular saying in football is that, “When you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks.” College football tends to challenge that paradigm but it’s definitely true in the case of the 2012 Longhorns.
Starter David Ash had three turnovers and Case McCoy threw a game-sealing interception to put the kibosh on the BCS hopes of their football team.
Two of Ash’s interceptions both came in the first half and killed Longhorns drives that reached the red zone. His fumble was deep in Texas territory and led to an easy score for the Horned Frogs.
McCoy led a touchdown drive to bring the Longhorns within one score. But that’s where the positives end for the backup and brother of former Texas star QB Colt McCoy.
His last pass was an ugly one and was easily picked off by Horned Frogs’ defensive back Sam Carter.
"The ball slipped and floated in the air," McCoy said, according to Associated Press reporting (via ESPN). "We didn't take care of the ball when we needed to."
McCoy led the team to a comeback win over the Kansas Jayhawks in relief duty for Ash on Oct. 27. The fourth quarter came around and Ash had thrown two picks and mustered just 63 yards passing against the pushover Kansas defense.
These inconsistencies at the most important position have plagued the Longhorns since the elder McCoy was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Those struggles showed their ugly heads again this week in a critical Thanksgiving loss to the Horned Frogs.
Mack Brown’s team still has something to play for and will face a down Kansas State team that blew its BCS title chances in a blowout loss to Baylor last week.
The Longhorns, though, don’t have a prayer to get back into BCS conversations. They were a long shot to begin with and would have needed to upset the Wildcats next week at Bill Snyder Stadium.