It's Alamo For Texas

The Gator Bowl Sunday afternoon extended an invitation to West Virginia to face Georgia Tech in the New Year's Day game, leaving Texas bound for the Alamo Bowl. The Horns will face Iowa on Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in San Antonio.

The Hawkeyes finished the season at disappointing 6-6 (2-6 in the Big 10) despite several preseason top 20 rankings. Texas, the Big 12 favorite less than a month ago, also finished in disappointing fashion, falling to Kansas State and Texas A&M in its last two games for a 9-3 mark as defending national champions.

"It's two losses in a row and it would be devastating to get another one my senior year," said cornerback Aaron Ross. "I'm putting everything out on the line. My heart, my soul, everything for this team. I want to go out with a bang my senior year."

Fellow senior Justin Blalock shared Ross' sentiment.

"For us, it's our last go around and we want to go out on top. This is no exception," said Blalock.

With the transfer of freshman Jevan Snead, one of the biggest questions surrounding the team is who will be quarterback Colt McCoy's back-up. Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said on Sunday that walk-on senior Matt McCoy would be the Horns' QB if Colt isn't able to able to go.

"We would not take a redshirt off of Sherrod Harris at this point," said Davis. "It would be unfair to him. He has sat this year with the idea that he would go into spring as a redshirted freshman. So we would not do that. Mack and I will sit down and we'll discuss the possibility of an emergency situation, as we have in the past. One year Tony Jeffery worked as an emergency quarterback for us."

The most likely candidates are wide receivers Quan Cosby and Billy Pittman, who both played quarterback in high school.

"It would certainly be somebody we felt would run the offense and we'll have a limited package ready for them," said Davis, unwilling to reveal who Texas will be working out at QB. "I don't think we'll need an emergency quarterback, but we'll certainly have a third guy ready."

Blalock doesn't know who it's going to be, but he does know who it's not going to be.

"I don't know anything except I know I'm not going to play quarterback," said Blalock.

So how many guys would have to go down before they put the senior OT at QB?

"All but one."

The Longhorns return to practice on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and will be off on the 21st, before meeting in San Antonio on Christmas day to prepare for the December 30th bowl.


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