Can Zac Get One Up on Colt?

Zac Robinson enjoys almost every aspect of his friendship with Colt McCoy. The Oklahoma State quarterback got to know McCoy this past summer while attending several camps, and the two enjoyed talking about their faith as Christians. But there's one thing that Robinson wants to change about the friendship between two of the Big 12's best quarterbacks, and he hopes to do so Saturday night.

"I know Zac really well. He's a great guy, a great quarterback," said McCoy, who will lead the third-ranked Texas Longhorns (7-0) against the 13th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1) in Saturday night's nationally televised showdown at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

"He does some really good things. He can run, he can throw, (and) he's a great leader. He's a good friend. It'll be fun playing against him Saturday night," said McCoy, who has completed nearly 80 percent of his passes for about 1,000 yards in leading the Longhorns to wins over the Cowboys the past three seasons.

But there is one thing that Robinson wants to change about the relationship. The OSU senior wants bragging rights over McCoy before he finishes playing college football, and Saturday night is his last chance to make that happen.

"Colt and I got to know each other pretty well this summer," said Robinson of the two quarterbacks attending both the Manning Camp as well as the Elite 11 camp. "We had a lot of fun. We got to talk a lot about football, about other stuff… how to handle different situations.

"It was a lot of fun for us. We have a great relationship, and we really enjoyed being around each other this summer. I haven't talked to him but I'm sure I'll shoot him a text, or he'll shoot me a text, sometime this week," Robinson said on Monday.

OSU has had its chances to upset higher ranked Texas squads each of the last two seasons – losing 28-24 to the then No. 1-ranked Longhorns in Austin a year ago, and suffering a 38-35 loss to the 14th-ranked Longhorns after leading by 21 points in the fourth quarter in 2007.

What do Robinson and the Cowboys have to do to break OSU's 11-game losing streak to Texas? "Gosh, I don't know. You have to take care of the football. They have a great defense and a good offense that can score points. Taking care of the football is going to be a big thing, and overall execution with guys stepping up and making plays," said Robinson.

Two of the most prolific playmakers on the field Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium will be Robinson and McCoy, the senior quarterbacks who will be remembered as two of the best to ever play in the Big 12 when their careers come to a close.

Robinson is the school's career total offense leader with 9,470 total yards and could become OSU's all-time passing leader against the Longhorns, needing just 218 passing yards to pass Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy. McCoy holds nearly every Texas passing record including yards (11,538), touchdowns (99), and completion percentage (70.5). He has a 39-7 record as a starter and needs just four more wins to surpass ex-Georgia player David Greene as the all-time winningest quarterback in NCAA history.

The Cowboy senior from Littleton, Colo., has elevated his game in recent weeks following the loss of All-American wide receiver Dez Bryant (suspended for lying to NCAA investigators who questioned him about his relationship with former NFL player Deion Sanders) and All-American running back Kendall Hunter (foot/ankle injury).

In four games without Bryant and Hunter, Robinson has led the Cowboys to a 4-0 while completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 945 yards with seven touchdowns and just two interceptions. He was at his best in leading the Cowboys to a 34-7 victory over Baylor this past Saturday, completing 23 of 27 passes to set a school record by completing 85.2 of his passes (breaking another of Gundy's records) for 250 yards and three touchdowns.

Is he playing the best football of his career? "Gosh, I don't know," Robinson said. "There have been good stretch es(before), but I feel real good right now. I feel more and more comfortable with the receivers, and the timing we have. I feel good with what we're doing, and hopefully we can just keep getting better and better."

Mike Gundy is certainly pleased with the play of Robinson, who will make his 32nd consecutive start for the Cowboys on Saturday night.

"He's playing well right now. I think he's playing with more confidence," Gundy said. "He's managed the game very well. In my opinion, being a good quarterback is being able to manage the game and understanding what you're strengths are and where their weaknesses are, and trying to attack those areas by using what your strengths are as an offense. I think he's done a pretty good job of that in the last few weeks."

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