Big 12 football notebook: Longhorns' Case McCoy going deep

The Texas quarterback had success going downfield against a TCU defense that has been one of the conference's best against the pass this season.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 28, 2013
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photo - Texas quarterback Case McCoy (6)  passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against TCU, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Texas quarterback Case McCoy (6) passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against TCU, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Starting for the third consecutive game last week, Texas quarterback Case McCoy had success going downfield against a TCU defense that has been one of the conference's best against the pass this season.

McCoy completed five passes of 20 or more yards, and three of those went for more than 40 yards.

“What we've tried to do is pound the power-running game and with Case it's much more important because he's not going to make plays with his feet other than scrambling,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “He's not an option guy. He's not a quarterback draw guy.

“Case is a guy that needs to throw it downfield. TCU plays great defense, but they're going to stack the box and they're going to play man and they're going to challenge you to go deep.”

McCoy has completed nine passes of 20 or more yards since taking over as the starter for the injured David Ash.

McCoy will start once again against Kansas as Ash recovers from a concussion.

KINGSBURY EXPECTS REBOUND

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury expects his team to bounce back well from Saturday's 38-30 loss to Oklahoma. It was the Red Raiders' first loss of the season.

“I expect them to be highly motivated,” Kingsbury said. “I think that this is a group that will have a short-term memory.

“Getting back here to Lubbock to play — it's going to be a night game, which are always fun here and it's going to be a great crowd. It's playing against a team that's pretty much embarrassed them the last two years to be honest, so I would expect them to be really motivated.”

Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma State, which has beaten the Red Raiders by a combined 125-27 the last two seasons.

HEAPS HAS EXPERIENCE VS. TEXAS

Although Jake Heaps is in his first season of playing for Kansas, he has experience facing Texas.

The Jayhawks play in Austin on Saturday.

As a sophomore in 2011, Heaps quarterbacked Brigham Young to a near-upset of the Longhorns on the road. Heaps threw for 192 yards and a touchdowns in Texas' 17-16 win over BYU.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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