Originally posted by dobophile:
Is this why Colt was so crappy? I hope so. But I have my doubts.
Colt McCoy played poorly partially do to the fact that Texas Tech is his biggest personal rival.
He went to school in West Texas and almost half of his HS class went to TTU. His GF (at least she was a year ago, she might be his ex now) goes to TTU and went to HS in Lubbock.
He puts enormous pressure on himself to play well vs Texas Tech, and sometimes he presses too hard and doesn't relax.
It is also a big rivalry game for Tech as well, and Tech's guys get up for this game.
Now yes, he had big games vs, Tech in 06 and 07, but something to remember... Texas Tech had HORRIBLE defensive players and fired their defensive coordinator halfway through the 07 season.
TTU's defensive recruits were so poor up until a couple years ago, that only a couple are still starting.
In 08, and 09 Tech has finally gotten some decent and a few excellent defensive recruits who turned down programs like USC (Wade), Michigan (Graves), Oklahoma (Mahoney, Ford) and Georgia (Sesay) and transfers from places like Miami, FL (Perry).
This defensive improvement is part of the reason why Colt has played poorly 2 years in a row vs TTU.
Another reason, TTU's defense is used to playing the type of offense the Longhorns run.
Colt throws very few deep passes and spends most of time dumping the ball off or passing it between 5-15 yards.
Tech's defense is used to it because Graham Harrell was the exact same type of player, minus Colt's rushing ability.
Colt's fairly weak arm allows Tech to compete, whereas talented teams with strong-armed QB's like OU destroy us.