Throwing for over 3,400 yards with 32 touchdowns and an excellent shot at the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, Colt McCoy led the University of Texas to within one second of the Bowl Championship Series Championship Game.
McCoy won’t get a chance to play in the title game and likely won’t win the Heisman Trophy. It’s amazing how one play can change an entire season for a team. Instead, the junior will probably destroy Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl and his team could still earn a split national title.
If you’ve spent all college football season focusing on the top teams in the country, I’d like to introduce you to one of the best running backs in the game. His name is LeSean McCoy and he will likely sit next to Colt next December at the Heisman Trophy Presentation.
Breaking through at the University of Pittsburgh in his sophomore season, McCoy averaged about five yards per carry and scored 21 touchdowns against some of the best defenses in the country in the Big East Conference. Over a stretch of five games in the middle of the season, McCoy rattled off five straight games in which he rushed for more than 140 yards per contest. Facing West Virginia on the day after Thanksgiving, Shady (as his teammates, and those who like nicknames, call him) finished with 183 rushing yards and two scores in a 19-15 win.
Thrashing the University of Connecticut in the final week of the regular season, McCoy added to his greatest hit list with 95 rushing yards (a feat against the Husky defense) and a 47-yard touchdown run.
Entering the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve, McCoy has 1,403 rushing yards for the season. He will probably pass 1,500 rushing yards in only his second year at Pittsburgh.
Charles Alexander rushed for 197 yards in the Sun Bowl in 1977.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see McCoy break 200 yards against Oregon State.