Texas football: Stung by BCS loss to Alabama

From the AP, What if Colt McCoy hadn’t been hurt on the first drive of the BCS national championship game, a 37-21 loss to Alabama?

What if the Texas coaches had opened up the playbook for Garrett Gilbert a bit earlier instead of having him hand off while waiting to see if McCoy could return?

Texas will never know how to answer those questions. With McCoy out, Alabama raced to a big lead, then snuffed a late Longhorns rally to win the championship and send Texas into a painfully long offseason.

“That game hurt,” said Texas senior cornerback Curtis Brown. “Garrett Gilbert came and played his heart out. After the game I didn’t have any regrets. It added fuel to the fire for the next year.”

So welcome to the 2010 season, where Gilbert is now the starting quarterback. He had four turnovers against Alabama, but his improved play in the second half and good spring workouts gave coach Mack Brown confidence that the Longhorns should be fine at quarterback. (Read more about the 2010 Texas Longhorns below)