McCoy Looks Sharp in Opening Game

Texas' redshirt freshman quarterback had a solid game to start his career as a Longhorn, completing 63% of his passes.

It took Colt McCoy exactly one minute and eight seconds to throw the first touchdown pass of his career Saturday morning at Royal-Memorial Stadium. That's when the redshirt freshman hit Limas Sweed for a 60-yard pass and run score that jump-started the Longhorns in their 56-7 win over North Texas.

McCoy solidly answered the question that has dominated the minds of Texas fans since Vince Young left for the NFL last January: Who will be the next quarterback for the Longhorns? McCoy's play emphatically answered that question…at least for now.

McCoy was 12 of 19 for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a one-yard sneak and did not throw an interception. Jevan Snead, the true freshman who coach Mack Brown had said would play against North Texas, completed 3 of 7 passes while guiding the team on three drives for 20 yards; one of those drives ended in a touchdown run by Henry Melton midway in the fourth period. He also suffered an interception after throwing slightly behind Jordan Shipley, the deflected ball ending up in the hands of North Texas' Antoine Bush in the second period.

McCoy's performance was certainly pleasing Brown's eyes, and there is no doubt that he'll be the starting quarterback next week against Ohio State.

"I thought he was really accurate, and we had two or three guys drop balls," Brown said. "Colt told me two days ago that he was excited about today, and that he wasn't nervous. Colt was even better than we expected."

McCoy's self-evaluation was also positive.

"I've been waiting for this my whole life," McCoy said. "I thought everything went really well. My offensive line blocked tremendous. I had all day."

Offensive coordinator Greg Davis was happy – and not shocked – at McCoy's effectiveness.

"On the third play of the game, he throws a strike to Limas (Sweed) for a touchdown," Davis said. "That was huge and created momentum for us. I wasn't surprised. I told him I'd be surprised if he didn't have a great game."

McCoy certainly seems to have developed some synergy with Sweed. The junior receiver caught touchdown passes of 60 and 29 yards from McCoy, and finished the game with five catches for 111 yards. McCoy and Snead managed to spread the wealth among the receivers, six of whom caught balls against the Mean Green.

"On the first touchdown, Limas caught it and took it to the house," McCoy said.

Brown was also quick to compliment Snead following the game.

"Jevan did a good job," Brown said. "He got in there and lead'em to a touchdown. On the interception, the ball was a little behind Jordan (Shipley), but it hit him in the hands. That wasn't Jevan's fault at all."

Despite his youth, McCoy seems to have already grasped the importance of deflecting praise.

"I thought the receivers caught the ball well, and the defense played great," McCoy said. "Coach Brown told us before the game that we had to play to a high standard. I thought we did that."

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