NOT TO BE
All I read the past couple of weeks was "stop McCoy and you stop the Longhorns."
Unfortunately, that came to pass, and it wasn't a concerted effort by the Alabama defense that did it, either.
It was just one freakish hit that took out Colt before he could even finish the first series of the night.
The game changed instantly. The air went out of the Texas sails and straight into those of Alabama's ship, which was already listing badly early. Then, of course, it went as to be expected after that in the first half.
And you can't blame true freshman Garrett Gilbert. What a stressful way to start your career at quarterback, especially when someone on the coaching staff wasn't content with going into the lockerroom down by 11 points.
Gilbert showed real promise in the second half, and almost pulled off a miracle except for a fumble on a blind-side hit late in the game that made the wheels come off. And the UT defense definitely got its composure back after halftime and showed who was the best team on that side of the ball.
But an important piece of the Burnt Orange Machine just wasn't there.
Colt will recover from his injury and no doubt get picked in the second or third round of the NFL draft later this year. So the story isn't over yet.
But it sure was an unlucky way to finish a great season.
Thanks for that season, Colt, and for all those others as well.
Sorry you didn't get a real shot at the title.