Taking his first snaps since being knocked out by K-State two weeks ago, Texas QB Colt McCoy had a brutal Friday afternoon, being picked off 3 times and getting clobbered with a pair of late hits in the 4th quarter, the 2nd of which led to his being wheeled off the field. The Longhorns were held to 71 yards on the ground (compared to 217 for A&M, 95 of which coming from QB Stephen McGee,) and never got their offense untracked.
Trailing 7-6 late in the 4th quarter, McGeee (above) led the Aggies on a 12 play drive that took nearly 9 minutes off the clock, culiminating in his own game-winning 8 yard TD dash.
For A&M’s much maligned Dennis Franchione, there’s a potential meeting with Nebraska in the Big 12 title game to look forward to (along with what oughta be a massive reputation boost). For the reigning National Champs…g’bye BCS, hello (pick one) Cotton Bowl/Holiday Bowl/Gator Bowl, probably with Jevan Snead under center.
(KORRECTION KORNER : Blogging and driving at the same time is a bad, bad idea. If Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State tomorrow, the Sooners represent the Southern half of the Big 12 in said title game. Were Oklahoma to lose, Texas will travel to Arrowhead to face Nebraska a week from Saturday.)
No. 8 LSU are up 14-6 over no. 5, Arkansas, shortly into the start of the 2nd quarter in Little Rock. The Tigers’ JaMarcus Russell just hooked up with Craig Davis for a 47 yard TD pass extending the visitors’ lead. Russell’s early line : 8 for 9, 106 yards, 1 TD.
Last night’s 17-14 defeat of BC was too little, too late to save Larry Coker’s job in Miami. There’s a bit of speculation regarding Rutgers’ Greg Schiano or former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez being sought at Coker’s replacement, but surely I’m not the only person who’d like to see Luther Campbell get the gig. Luke’s got strong ties to Hurricanes football, he’s beloved in the community, has plenty of experience dealing with the media and would probably be very a very aggressive recruiter. Anything to get him out of the music business.
Of course, the name Shula is associated with pretty huge football success in Miami, but in this instance, the soon-to-be-available Mike probably isn’t the answer.