Texas quarterback looks for more success

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 12:03 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 22, 2009
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy scrambles to avoid Oklahoma defensive end Jeremy Beal in last Saturday's victory in Dallas.

Despite leading his team to a 6-0 start, the beginning of the season hasn’t been perfect for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

“It’s frustrating more than anything,” McCoy said on a Monday teleconference. “I had the flu against Texas Tech, just wasn’t myself in that game. This game (Saturday’s 16-13 win against Oklahoma,) I was a little sick late Wednesday, all-day Thursday and Friday, it kind of nagged at me. I kind of messed up my thumb in the second quarter. Those things are just frustrating.”

Despite the various ailments, McCoy has passed for 1,537 yards and 11 touchdowns. His team is undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings.  

“It’s not been an disappointment at all,” McCoy said. “There’s been a lot of ups and downs. I’m very thankful for the way that I’ve been able to respond to those things. When I set my goals at the beginning of the year, at this point I wanted to be 6-0. And we are 6-0, so I can’t be more proud of that.”

McCoy thinks he’s turned the corner and will be healthy for the rest of the season, just in time for the Longhorns’ game against Missouri at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

“I’m a believer, I’m a faithful guy,” McCoy said. “So I think I got luck on my side now. I think we’re over it, and I think that I’m going to be a lot better from here on out.”

McCoy will be hoping to replicate Texas’ success against Missouri. Last season, the Longhorns led Missouri 35-3 at halftime before beating the Tigers 56-31 in Austin.

“I think playing up there is going to be tough,” McCoy said. “It’s at night, it’s probably going to be some cool weather. And also they have some really good playmakers. I know their offense has the ability to score a lot of points.”

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said on Monday that the Texas game is the last game of the toughest three-game stretch of the season. Texas is also in the middle of a tough stretch. Last week’s game was against No. 25 Oklahoma. After Missouri, the Longhorns play at No. 14 Oklahoma State.

“Coach Brown (Texas coach Mack Brown) does a great job of preparing us to just focus on one at a time,” McCoy said. “Last year, I think we might have got caught up a little bit in the whole idea of all those tough games in a row. He’s going to challenge us on what we can control, and that’s our week-to-week preparation and week-to-week games.”

After the first six games of the season, Texas is giving up just 35.8 rushing yards per game. Opponents are rushing for 1.3 yards a carry. Texas has rushed for 1,017 yards and 4.4 yards per carry. Missouri had 66 yards rushing and 2.8 yards a carry against Oklahoma State.

“We all know Texas is bringing the No. 1 rushing defense in the country,” Pinkel said. “But I think that we did a lot of good things there. The trouble offensively is just our inconsistency. We can really look good and then we cannot move the ball at all.”

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