AUSTIN (AP) — The running game has been shaky and pass protection for quarterback Colt McCoy has been spotty.
But if there’s one thing the No. 19 Texas Longhorns have done really well, it’s turn busted plays into big plays and more than a few touchdowns.
McCoy’s ability to avoid rushers and throw on the run have gotten the Longhorns out of more than a few jams and created some flashy touchdown highlights, such as:
The scramble and TD pass to Jordan Shipley in the first half of the 28-21 loss to Oklahoma. McCoy’s twist and turn out of the grasp of an Iowa State defender to hit Nate Jones for a touchdown and his 44-yard touchdown run later in the game in last week’s 56-3 victory. A scrambling 33-yard TD pass to Quan Cosby against Kansas State.
“Colt can really run,” coach Mack Brown said, even tossing in a comparison to Vince Young.
Shipley said the Longhorns have teased McCoy about his running skills when comparing him to Young, who carried Texas to the 2005 national championship.
“He’ll come over to the sideline and someone will ask ‘Is that No. 10 (Young) or No. 12?’” Shipley said.
Much of Texas’ success when plays break down depends on the receivers, who have to recognize when their quarterback is in trouble and quickly find open space in the secondary.
Like kids on a playground, it can look like a mad scramble, although the receivers know that one will have to go deep, while others look for middle and short routes.
“It comes from playing sandlot football,” Shipley said.