Clint Chelf was a second-team quarterback who then became a third-team quarterback. He's lost not one but two OSU quarterback derbies. Chelf knows the ignominy of being benched.
Case McCoy, burdened with the status of little brother, has been the backup quarterback at the start of four straight Texas seasons. McCoy has been pulled from the lineup, too.
But when the Cowboys and Longhorns collide Saturday in a Big 12 showdown in Austin, Texas, the opposing quarterbacks will be Chelf and McCoy.
Call it the Survivor Bowl.
McCoy claimed the Texas reins via ineffectiveness (Garrett Gilbert in 2011) and injury (David Ash in 2012 and 2013).
Chelf went in the opposite order – he started last year because of injuries (Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh, then regained the job this season due to ineffectiveness (Walsh).
Chelf and McCoy weren't the prettiest quarterbacks in the Big 12 when it was loaded with elite passers a year ago. And they're still not, even with the conference bereft of quality quarterbacks.
But they're getting the job done.
Chelf had a storybook 2012 for a third-teamer – OSU scored at least 48 points in four of the five games he quarterbacked, and Chelf was named MVP of the Heart of Dallas Bowl. This year, the Cowboys are 4-0 since Chelf took back the offense.
Same with Texas. McCoy replaced the injured Ash for good starting with the Iowa State game on Oct. 3. The ‘Horns are 5-0 since and lead the Big 12 standings. And McCoy, despite few of the All-American attributes of big brother Colt, has a knack for clutch plays and big wins. He beat UCLA and Texas A&M in 2011, OU in 2013 and relieved Ash for a dramatic victory in 2012 at Kansas. He's provided the same kind of drama in wins at Iowa State and West Virginia this season.