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Texas-Texas Tech notebook: UT's McCoy has legs – and he knows how to use them

Web Posted: 10/29/2006 01:38 AM CST

San Antonio Express-News

Facing a third-and-five and needing a first down to be able to kill the clock on its 35-31 victory at Texas Tech on Saturday, UT defied conventional wisdom and went with a pass play.

Before the play, UT coach Mack Brown had these words for McCoy:

"It better not be incomplete," Brown said, "and it darn sure better not be intercepted."

McCoy found the best way to avoid both. He scrambled, running for 33 yards to essentially end the game.

McCoy, who left the game with a busted lip, finished with a career-best 68 yards rushing to go with 256 and four TDs passing.

Melton on defense: Henry Melton, formerly known as the Longhorns' short-yardage running back, logged time against Tech at defensive end.

It was a move made mostly for depth against the pass-happy Red Raiders, UT coaches say. Melton has been little-used on offense this season, but could be back on that side of the ball next week.

Hobbled Hicks: Tech receiver Jarrett Hicks was in the middle of a fairly solid game before leaving in the second half with an apparent head injury.

He played just two plays in the fourth quarter. On one of them, Graham Harrell overthrew Hicks, resulting in the first career interception for UT's Ryan Palmer.

Cosby show: Quan Cosby turned in a career outing Saturday, catching seven passes for 79 yards, including a 28-yard TD that gave UT its first and only lead with 4:35 to play.

Scenes from the sideline: Former UT receiver Roy Williams, now a Detroit Lion, took in the game on his week off.

Tech defensive back Darcel McBath, apparently upset at a late pass interference call on teammate Antonio Huffman, threw his mouthpiece in the general vicinity of the officials leaving the field.

Tech fans in the north end zone interrupted UT's traditional singing of "the Eyes of Texas" to taunt little-used Longhorns defensive tackle Ben Alexander.

"Did you play? Did you play?," they shouted.

Alexander answered by pointing back at them with his "guns up," and asking, "Did you?"

- Jeff McDonald