Texas coach Mack Brown praised quarterback Colt McCoy for being a "great leader" who "never blinked" during Thursday's 49-39 victory over Texas A&M.
In a back-and-forth offensive shootout, McCoy racked up 479 yards of offense in leading No. 3 Texas (12-0, 8-0) past A&M (6-6, 3-5). McCoy rushed for a career-high 175 yards and a touchdown. He passed for 304 yards and four touchdowns.
Texas needed a big night from McCoy to overcome the efforts of A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who completed 26-of-33 passes for 342 yards and 4 touchdowns. Johnson also rushed for 97 yards and another score.
After the game, A&M safety Jordan Pugh said he thought the Aggies played "against the Heisman Trophy winner tonight," meaning McCoy.
"He led his team," Pugh said. "He was terrific ... After the game, I told him to go get (those) championship, the Big 12 and the national championship."
Brown lauded McCoy's Heisman credentials as well.
"Colt McCoy was unbelievable," Brown said. "I don't remember any performance like that, period. I don't get to vote for the Heisman, but if anyone has a better Heisman moment than that, then I'd like to see it."
_ Jimmy Burch