Upon Further Review...

Inside Texas' Mike Blackwell gives his notes from the Horns' 26-24 Alamo Bowl victory.

McCoy is game’s outstanding player: Colt McCoy was named the game’s most outstanding player. He completed 26 of 40 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. He tied the NCAA record for touchdown passes in a season with his second scoring toss of the game, a 72-yarder to Jamaal Charles in the third period. The score gave McCoy 29 touchdown passes on the year. McCoy’s numbers would’ve been even better without suffering at least three drops.

Rushing numbers: Texas was once again average with its running game, gaining 70 yards on 21 carries. Charles was the leading rusher with 26 yards on four carries. Receiver Jordan Shipley was the second-leading rusher on the team with one carry for 14 yards. Senior Selvin Young rushed 12 times for 11 yards, but one of his carries was a key two-yard touchdown run with 10:48 left in the first quarter.

Finley finale: Texas fans probably loved what they saw of tight end Jermichael Finley Saturday. He caught eight passes for 46 yards.

Big first-half swing: Iowa looked poised to take a 21-3 lead late in the first half, as quarterback Drew Tate hit tight end Scott Chandler on for an apparent 9-yard touchdown pass. Instead, officials penalized the Hawkeyes for having an ineligible receiver downfield. On the next play, Texas defensive back Aaron Ross intercepted another Tate pass to Chandler in the end zone. Texas promptly marched 80 yards on 13 plays, with McCoy hitting Limas Sweed for a 20-yard touchdown with 45 seconds remaining in the first half. Instead of leading 21-3, Iowa’s advantage was only 14-10 at halftime.

Sergio the running back? Yep: Heralded Texas freshman linebacker Sergio Kindle picked up a carry late in the second quarter. Facing a 2nd and 10 from their own 35 yard-line, the Longhorns gave Kindle a run up the middle, and he moved the pile forward for five yards.

Ugly opening drive for Texas defense: Iowa took the opening kickoff and drove 77 yards on nine plays, culminating in Albert Young’s 1-yard plunge for the score. Young had his longest run of the year on the drive (26 yards), and the series marked the first time this season that Iowa had scored a touchdown on its opening possession.

Sweed reaches milestone: With his 20-yard touchdown reception in the first half, Sweed tied the team mark for TD receptions in a season with 12. The record was previously held by Roy Williams, who caught 12 in 2002. Sweed caught three passes for 70 yards in the game.

Quan’s big game: Quan Cosby’s 52-yard kickoff return for Texas in the first quarter was the second-longest in Alamo Bowl history. Cosby also had a solid game at receiver, making seven catches for 59 yards. He finished the game with five kickoff returns for 139 yards.

Brodell gashes Texas: Iowa receiver Andy Brodell did a pretty good Jerry Rice imitation against Texas, catching six passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Alamo Bowl sets attendance record: With official attendance at 65,875, the game marked the most attended sporting event in Alamodome history.

Ten again...: With the win against Iowa, the Longhorns have now won at least 10 games in sixth consecutive seasons, a feat no other team in the country can claim.

... And three straight: Texas earned its third consecutive bowl win, the first time since the 1963-65 seasons that the Horns won three straight bowl games in consecutive seasons.

A punt to remember: With 11 seconds left in the game and Texas facing fourth down at the Longhorns 27 yard-line, Greg Johnson produced the biggest punt of his life, a 56-yarder that ended at the Iowa 15. The Hawkeyes could only run one desperation play after the boot.

Hawkeyes with Texas ties: Iowa tight end Scott Chandler played in his final college game at the same place where he finished his high school career. As a senior at Southlake Carroll in 2002, he was a star wide receiver on the team that beat Smithson Valley 45-14 for the state championship in the Alamodome. Chandler’s brother, Nathan, is a former Iowa quarterback who also played high school ball at Southlake Carroll. Iowa quarterback Drew Tate entered the Alamo Bowl with an 0-2 record in the dome, having lost 35-14 as a member of Baytown Lee to San Antonio Roosevelt in the 2002 Texas Football Classic, and falling in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl as the East defeated the West, 47-3.

Hawkeyes have been here before: Iowa entered Saturday’s game with a 2-1 record in the Alamo Bowl, beating Texas Tech twice (in 1996 and 2001), and losing to California in 1993.

The first time was not good for Texas: Texas faced Iowa in the 1984 Freedom Bowl and lost in historic fashion, falling to the Hawkeyes in Anaheim 55-17 in front of just 24,093 fans.

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