The Better Team, Not the Better QB, Won the BCS Title

In the second of two games held early in 2010 in Pasadena, California, a couple of the most storied college football programs went head-to-head in a good-but-not-great 2010 Citi BCS Championship Game.

What looked like a promising match-up between the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach mavens Mack Brown and Nick Saban turned out to be exciting and shocking at first, boring in the middle and a compelling-but-predictable conclusion as seconds wound down.

Alabama didn’t look strong on its first two drives, as they ran a fake punt pass on fourth down that went wrong, and were not prepared for an early Texas offside kick. As a result, Texas was up early in the ball game on two field goals, 6-0.

However, before Texas retained the ball on an offside kick, the Lornhorns’ star quarterback and 2009 Heisman Award candidate Colt McCoy was sidelined for the remainder of the game when an Alabama defender inadvertently jammed his helmet into the quarterback’s throwing shoulder.

At 45 wins and 8 losses as a starter, not to mention an above-70 passing completion percentage, I did not expect McCoy’s brilliant career to end so abruptly and weirdly in a title game. As he trudged toward the Texas bench, his back-up, true freshman Garrett Gilbert, entered the game.