By Danny Reagan / Abilene, Texas
That would probably be Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, in the Cotton Bowl against Arkansas.
Shades of the old Southwest Conference, huh?
But why dwell on the past ... whether it's 30 years ago or 3 days hence?
OK, but just for a second. One thread in the chatroom suggests the Aggies were intentionally trying to hurt Colt McCoy. A couple of others suggest he wasn't completely healed from the Kansas State stinger.
Judging by the berating Aggie redshirt freshman Kellen Heard took from his own teammates on the sideline following his late, blind-sided, cheap-shot hit, I doubt if the "Hurt Colt" campaign was team-wide. Defenses all over college football want to "hurt" the opposing quarterback, leaving him with bumps and bruises. But for the most part they strive to do it legally and not to the extent that the QB is carried out of the stadium. Heard got what he deserved - an instant ejection and placed high on the radar for next year's game.
We'll never know if Colt was 100% for the game (although he hit 13-of-16 the first half), but again you win as a team and you lose as a team. A bad rushing day for the Longhorns (read lackluster offensive line) and that porous defensive backfield caught up with them, not to mention an Aggie defense that came out of the locker room for the final two quarters ready for an upset.
More than a month remains now for Colt to recuperate. That should be sufficient.
Maybe that's long enough for a bunch of bruised egos to heal as well.