McCoy, Shipley earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors
Oct. 13, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas junior QB Colt McCoy has been named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, and senior WR/KR Jordan Shipley has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week for games of the week of Oct. 11, the conference has announced.
McCoy and Shipley helped guide Texas to a 45-35 win over No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday in Dallas, the highest scoring game in series history. The 45 points also matched a UT scoring high in the series. The win has moved the Longhorns to No. 1 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.
This marks the third time in McCoy's career and the second time this season he has earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors. He also was honored following his performances against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 30 and against Texas Tech on Oct. 28, 2006. It is the first time Shipley has been honored.
McCoy posted a 155.9 passer rating against an Oklahoma defense that entered the game leading the nation in pass efficiency defense (85.6 rating) after going 28-of-35 (80.0%) for 277 yards and a TD (no INTs). He also rushed for 31 yards to give him 308 total yards, his second consecutive game of at least 300 total yards. In addition, McCoy was 7-of-10 for 89 yards and a TD on third down. For McCoy, it was his ninth second-half comeback and sixth fourth-quarter comeback of his career.
Shipley registered a career-high and Red River Rivalry record 11 receptions for 112 yards and one TD. He also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a TD as part of a career-high 225 all-purpose yards. The 112 receiving yards marked his second 100-yard game of the season (155 vs. Rice). The 96-yard kickoff return was the third longest in UT history and also a Red River Rivalry record. It came in the second quarter and cut the Sooners' lead to 14-10. Shipley also made a 37-yard reception to place the ball on the OU 1-yard line as the key play on the fourth-quarter TD drive that gave the Longhorns the led for good at 38-35.
For his efforts, Shipley also was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week, received a helmet sticker from ESPN's College Football Final broadcast and has been nominated for an ESPN Game-Changing Performance.
Shipley has recorded 78 receptions for 1,126 yards and 17 TDs (No. 3 on UT's all-time list) during his 33-game career (14 starts). He has caught a TD pass in eight of his last nine games, including a streak of six consecutive games, which is tied for second on UT's all-time list. In 2008, Shipley has posted 35 receptions for 480 yards (13.7 ypc) and eight TDs. His eight TDs are already tied for six on UT's single-season list. Over his last four games, Shipley has notched 28 receptions for 397 yards (14.2 ypc) and six TDs.
This season, McCoy has gone 131-of-165 (79.4%) for 1,557 yards and 17 TDs, with only three INTs, for a passer rating of 189.0. His 79.4-percent completion percentage is the best in the country and his 189.0 passer rating ranks fourth nationally. In addition, McCoy leads the team in rushing with 348 yards and four TDs on 59 carries (5.9 ypc). His 348 rushing yards over the first five games are the second-most by a QB in UT history to Vince Young's 413 in 2005. Overall, McCoy has posted 1,905 yards of total offense (1,557p/348r) and is averaging 317.5 total yards per game, which ranks ninth nationally. His 1,905 total yards are more than 26 teams in the FBS. He also is responsible for 21.7 points per game, which is tied for seventh nationally. His 21 total TDs are more than 68 teams in the FBS.
McCoy, who is a member of the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award and WCFF Player of the Year award watch lists, improved his career record to 26-6, which is tied for third on UT's all-time list. During his 32-game career, McCoy has completed 624-of-907 passes (68.8%/No. 1 on UT's all-time list) for 7,430 yards and 68 TDs against 28 INTs for a passer rating of 156.2 (No. 1 on UT's all-time list). McCoy's 68 career TD passes and 642 completions are the most in UT history, while his 7,430 passing yards are third best. McCoy currently ranks second on UT's TDs responsible for list with 78, trailing only Vince Young (81). McCoy is the fifth QB in Longhorn history to rush for 1,000 yards. He has posted 1,010 yards and 10 TDs on 241 carries (4.2 ypc) during his career. In total, McCoy has produced 8,440 yards of total offense (7,430p/1,010r), including 14 games of at least 300 total yards. He is just the fourth Longhorn in school history to eclipse the 8,000-yard plateau and ranks second on UT's all-time total offense list behind Vince Young (9,167).