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College football notebook: Colt McCoy undaunted by Sam Bradford's injury

By The Associated Press Modified: September 11, 2009 at 4:43 am •  Published: September 11, 2009
After watching his friend and rival Sam Bradford go down with a shoulder injury, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy could have been excused for having second thoughts about not going to the NFL last spring.

Did the hit that landed the Oklahoma quarterback on the injured list make him worry it could happen to him before he gets a chance to collect an NFL paycheck?

"Not at all,” said McCoy, last season’s runner-up to Bradford for the Heisman Trophy. "You’ve got just as much of a chance getting hurt riding in a car as you do playing the game of football.”

The odds get worse for a quarterback playing behind an inexperienced offensive line like Bradford was. McCoy is protected by a much more experienced group that has three seniors among four returning starters from last season.

Oklahoma hopes Bradford will be able to return in a few weeks, maybe in time to play Texas on Oct. 17 in Dallas. The No. 2 Longhorns (1-0) play at Wyoming (1-0) this Saturday.

Bradford sprained the AC joint in his throwing (right) shoulder when a BYU defender hit him and he fell on his right side.

"That’s one of the worst ways you can get hit, when you’re falling on your shoulder and you can’t do anything about it” McCoy said. "I certainly hope the best for him. He’s a good friend.”

Georgia Tech rallies past Clemson

Scott Blair kicked a 36-yard field goal with 57 seconds left, and No. 15 Georgia Tech defeated Clemson 30-27 in Atlanta after squandering a 24-point lead Thursday night.

Clemson (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 27 straight points, taking its first lead of the night on Richard Jackson’s 53-yard field goal with 11:33 to go.

But Georgia Tech, which did nothing offensively through most of the second and third quarters, finally came back to life. The Yellow Jackets (2-0, 1-0) put together a 69-yard drive to set up Blair’s tying kick, a 34-yarder with 5:40 left that made it 27-all.

Then, after a holding penalty on Clemson’s Thomas Austin wiped out Kyle Parker’s 38-yard completion to Jacoby Ford, Georgia Tech got a chance to win it. Josh Nesbitt hooked up with Demaryius Thomas for a 39-yard pass, making up for a miserable passing performance by the Georgia Tech quarterback who completed only 3 of 14 for 83 yards with two interceptions. After Thomas’ catch, the Yellow Jackets moved into position for Blair’s winning kick.