Colt McCoy Leads Washington to Victory Over First Place Dallas

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“Last-second wins, right?” Colt McCoy said with a laugh after leading Washington to a 20-17 overtime win against Dallas last night. There are so many storylines from Colt McCoy’s first victory as a starting quarterback in almost three years last night,  it’s hard to know where to begin.

A third-stringer rushing for a touchdown and completing 25 of 30 passes to beat the red-hot, first-place Cowboys on the road on Monday Night Football? Check.

A victory at AT&T Stadium, where McCoy is 2-0 lifetime and once willed the Longhorns to a Big 12 title over Nebraska? Check.

A once-heralded college star turned career-backup winning a game against his replacement in Cleveland, Brandon Weeden—Romo left the game with a back injury for a time—who also played for a Big 12 rival at Oklahoma State? Check, check, check.

McCoy, thrust into the starting QB role on Monday after another dreadful performance last Sunday by second string QB Kirk Cousins while Robert Griffin III is still out with an ankle injury. The former Longhorn great proved to be up to the task on the national stage. Though he didn’t throw a touchdown pass, and most of McCoy’s passes traveled 10 yards or less, he was remarkably efficient, and even used his legs to pick up the aforementioned rushing touchdown.

Unfortunately, this could be the last we see of McCoy this season. Word is that Griffin could be back as early as Week 9, and reports from Washington’s camp have reinforced the notion that McCoy will back Griffin up as soon as he returns. This could be McCoy’s swan song as a starter in Washington, though Griffin’s injury history is immense, and Cousins isn’t winning the starting job back any time soon. Here’s to hoping we get to see some more Colt before the season ends.

Here’s a bit of trivia. Three quarterbacks have compiled completion percentages of 80 percent or higher this season: Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and yes, Colt McCoy.

Image courtesy UT Athletics.

 

 

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