Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ It was no big surprise when quarterback Vince Young led Texas in rushing in 2005. But Colt McCoy being the Longhorns best runner the past two games?
Few would have seen that coming, but it's true. McCoy has 94 yards on 14 carries in wins over Iowa State and Baylor. He's actually covered 116 yards from the line of scrimmage but lost 22 yards in sacks, which in college counts against his rushing total.
Compare that to Texas' leading rusher for the season, tailback Jamaal Charles, who gained 100 yards on 23 carries in those games, and McCoy is putting up better, flashier numbers. He's even got the run of the season so far with his 44-yard dash through the middle of the field to the end zone two weeks ago against the Cyclones.
The No. 17 Longhorns (6-2, 2-2 Big 12) play Nebraska (4-4, 1-3) on Saturday. The Cornhuskers have one of the worst run defenses in the country, giving up 228 yards per game. Texas A&M rolled up 359 yards on Nebraska last week.
Most of McCoy's runs of late are not by design.
Where Young operated in the zone read offense and could be expected to run 10 to 15 times a game, McCoy's yards have mostly come when he scrambled away from a pass rush. He's also been highly productive when he takes off: six of his 16 carries have earned first downs.
”Sometimes the pocket breaks. I saw a few holes and I made a few yards and helped us out offensively a little bit. I was still looking to pass,” McCoy said. ”They always tell me if you can use your feet to get a first down go ahead and get it.”
He's not looking to get 35 carries against Nebraska like A&M quarterback Stephen McGee did.
”I was tired after the game on Saturday,” after 10 rushes against Baylor, McCoy said. ”They were giving that to us a little bit and I just tried to do what was best for the team and keep the chains moving