Texas Longhorns’ quarterback Case McCoy didn’t get off to the start he wanted in Monday night’s Valero Alamo Bowl. McCoy threw a 37-yard pick-six to Avery Patterson of the Oregon Ducks.
After the Ducks got another stop, they drove 68 yards on 11 plays and took a 10-0 advantage a 25-yard Matt Wogan field goal.
Already down by 10 to one of the best and most explosive offenses in the country, the Longhorns had to answer to avoid digging themselves a hole they could not get out of.
The Longhorns decided to do so by punishing the Ducks’ small defensive line with the running game, much like the Stanford Cardinal did with Tyler Gaffney and the Arizona Wildcats did with Ka’Deem Carey in Oregon’s only two losses of the season. During the Longhorns’ drive, in which they went 79 yards on 17 plays and ate up 7:12 of clock, Malcolm Brown took the ball nine times and Joe Bergeron had three carries. McCoy only put the ball in the air just three times, completing two for 19 yards.
Facing third and goal at the one-yard line, McCoy kept it himself and got in for the touchdown, cutting the Ducks’ lead to three.