RS-freshman Colt McCoy continues to rewrite Texas freshman passing records and is set to shatter a national passing mark as well. His 27-yard TD pass to TE Jermichael Finley was McCoy's 27th of the season, eclipsing the old mark previously held by Chris Simms and Vince Young. McCoy is now second on the NCAA freshman single-season passing TD list, trailing only Nevada's David Neill's mark of 29 set in 1998. McCoy is now the third player in school history to tally 2,000+ passing yards in a single-season as a freshman. McCoy has 2,051 passing yards, trailing only Major Applewhite (2,453) and Shea Morenz (2,341). His 346 passing yards (23-of-29) is a career-best.
SHARE THE WEALTH:
Seven Longhorns caught passes, including career-bests from Quan Cosby and Billy Pittman. Cosby enjoyed his first career 100-yard receiving game with 101 yards on four grabs, including a long of 51-yards. Billy Pittman registered a personal-best seven catches for 88 yards, including a TD. TE Jermichael Finley had a career-best 67 yards. His 40-yard reception in the third quarter is a career-long for the RS-freshman.
I HEAR THAT TRAIN A' COMIN':
There was a Henry Melton sighting Saturday, and this time it was at RB. (The only time the H-Train saw game-day action last month was two series at DE against Texas Tech). Melton had 16 yards on five carries; he also had a chance to cash in on 1st-and-goal from the five on Texas' first possession of the fourth quarter. He netted four yards on two carries before fumbling at the goal line. Texas coach Mack Brown said Melton would continue to work at both DE and RB the remainder of the season.
CAN JEVAN COME OUT AND PLAY?:
There was also a Jevan Snead sighting. The freshman backup logged mop-up duty with five straight handoffs during the final 2:58. Texas coach Mack Brown broached the topic of Snead's current status: "Jevan has had a super attitude. He's practiced great. He's worked with the Ones every day. Kids don't talk about transferring when you're at the end of the year and you still have a chance to go to the national championship. It's not about them. I'm pleased with the way Jevan's handled everything."
JUST GIVE HIM THE THORPE, ALREADY:
LCB Aaron Ross' fourth-quarter INT was an acrobatic, highlight reel take-away in which he tipped QB Bobby Reid's attempt at a screen with his right hand before coming down with the ball at the Cowboy nine. It was also his ninth takeaway in the last six games (five INTs, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, resulting in 38 points).
GETTING HIS KICKS:
Senior Greg Johnson handled punting chores after a one-week hiatus and got laid out late in the game after a roughing penalty. He averaged 45.5 yards on two punts.