Texas Wins Fiesta Bowl!
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Well they didn't exactly blow Ohio State away to prove a point about being the nation's number 1 team, but the Longhorns did win yet another BCS game under Coach Mack Brown in dramatic fashion, 24-21. Ohio State's post-season troubles continue as they lose their third straight BCS game.
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy had shown poise throughout his first 58 passes Monday Night in the Fiesta Bowl. But it was his 59th pass that showed why he was a Heisman finalist. With just 19 seconds to play, McCoy hit Quan Cosby on a game-winning 26-yard touchdown pass to rip the Buckeyes heart out. For UT the last-second win made the Texas Tech last-second loss go away even if but just for a second. For Ohio State, it is back to the drawing boards with an obvious goal for 2009 being another BCS appearance capped with a win and not a loss.
McCoy finished 41 of 59 for 414 yards and 2 scores. He was intercepted twice. OSU's Terrelle Pryor finished with 78 passing yards and 66 rushing yards. Chris Wells rushed for 106 yards on 16 carries.
Just like in the 2005 National Title Game for the 'Horns, the final moments hinged on a 4th down call that went their way. In 2005, the UT defense stopped USC on 4th and short to get the ball back in the hands of Vince Young. This time it was McCoy and the UT offense that picked up a 4th down and 3 by a mere millimeters to keep the game-winning drive alive.
After the game, Brown told reporters of McCoy, "He never thinks he is going to lose, and very few times in his life has he lost," Brown said. "I thought tonight, under a tremendous amount of pressure, he played as well as any quarterback can possibly play, especially on that last drive. I mean, to me, that's a Heisman-type drive."
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