Late Score Lifts Texas In Fiesta Bowl

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday Jan 6, 2009
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- It was a miracle finish for Texas in the Fiesta Bowl. For Ohio State, it was another disheartening bowl defeat.

Colt McCoy hit Quan Cosby for a 26-yard touchdown with 16 seconds to play to give third-ranked Texas a 24-21 win over 10th-ranked Ohio State.

McCoy, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, calmly led the Longhorns 78 yards in 11 plays and 1:42 without calling a timeout. On the touchdown, Cosby caught a short pass, slipped a tackle and sprinted into the end zone.

The pair had a huge night. McCoy completed 41 of 59 passes for 414 yards and two TDs. Cosby was his favorite receiver with 14 catches for 172 yards and both TDs.

The 12-and-1 Longhorns rebounded after Ohio State had taken a 21-17 lead on a 15-yard run by Dan Herron with 2:05 to go. Ohio State finished 10-and-3. The Buckeyes lost the two BCS championship games, including one two years ago in the same stadium where they lost this Fiesta Bowl.

Meanwhile, Texas coach Mack Brown is lobbying for a piece of the mythical national championship even though Florida and Oklahoma are playing in the BCS championship Thursday night. Brown calls his Longhorns "obviously one of the best teams in the country if not the best."

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