AUSTIN, Texas — Texas quarterback Case McCoy has spent four years with the Longhorns living in his older brother Colt’s considerable shadow.
While Colt led Texas to two BCS bowl games, a Big 12 title and was one win shy of a national championship, Case has spent his career as part-time starter, most-of-the-time backup.
But McCoy will start for Texas (3-2, 2-0) against No. 12 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) Saturday because David Ash remains sidelined with lingering concussion symptoms.
It will be up to McCoy to try to end Texas’ three-game losing skid to the Sooners and add a little depth to the McCoy family legacy
The Texas-Oklahoma game tends to have high stakes for Longhorns quarterbacks, and McCoy said Monday he’s embracing his chance for fame or infamy.
“This is a game that I could be remembered for the rest of my life,” McCoy said. “I’m preparing and (practicing) for a game I’ll be remembered for forever.”
McCoy’s uneven career has produced uneven results.
Texas fans will always remember his scramble to set up the winning field goal at Texas A&M in 2011, the last game played between the historical rivals. The run captured the same gritty competitiveness that Colt McCoy had given the Longhorns from 2006-2009.
But Case also started a 55-17 blowout loss to Oklahoma in 2011. He had five turnovers in a loss at Baylor that season. And he was suspended before the 2012 Alamo Bowl amid a criminal investigation in which ultimately no charges were filed.
And while his arm strength has been questioned and he was overtaken by Ash as the full-time starter this year, McCoy’s belief in himself has never been shaken.
The Texas-Oklahoma rivalry, played in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, with the stadium split 50-50 in burnt orange and crimson, has been known to rattle players, notably quarterbacks. Colt McCoy handled it and was 3-1 against the Sooners.