"I thought Chance played great," head coach Mack Brown said, "and one of the reasons is hes waited for this opportunity for three years. Chance has a tremendous amount of confidence."
Mock saw limited action in 2002 (six games, 5-of-7 passing for 44 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions. His longest career completion was 21 yards against Kansas, his only attempt of 2001). But Brown assured the 1999 Parade All-American from The Woodlands that his day would come.
"We told Chance when we signed him that it would probably be two or three years before he had a chance to play," Brown said, "and that he needed to watch Major (Applewhite) and Chris (Simms) in order to understand what playing quarterback at Texas would be like. Hes prepared for this day for three years, and I think thats really helped him."
He also got by with a little help from his friends. During the second offensive series, SE Roy Williams turned a simple hitch pattern into a 32-yard TD scoring spree, picking up right where he left off from his Cotton Bowl MVP performance. On the next series, Mock hit TE David Thomas on a screen play that the speedy freshman turned into a 60-yard scoring burst.
"I dont have to do much," Mock said. "I just have to get the team from Point A to Point B. That was real apparent today in, for example, getting the ball to (TE) David (Thomas) on a screen and taking it for a (40-yard) touchdown. And, also Roy (Williams) on a hitch (32-yard TD). Theres a lot of good things that happened today, but I thought I did a good job of getting it from Point A to Point B."
We get the point.