2009 Fiesta Bowl

Texas 24, Ohio State 21

2009 fiesta bowl
January 5, 2009

Attendance: 72,047

Offensive Player of the Game: Colt McCoy, Texas

Defensive Player of the Game: Roy Miller, Texas

Sportsmanship Award: Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State

Head Coaches: Mack Brown, Texas; - Jim Tressel, Ohio State

Weather: Roof closed (cool and clear outside)

Television: FOX

Payout Per Team: $18,200,000

Colt McCoy was determined to make sure he and his Texas Longhorns finished on top this time.

After narrowly being left out of the BCS National Championship Game and finishing second in the Heisman Trophy race, McCoy hit Quan Cosby for a 26-yard touchdown with 16 seconds to play to cap an 11-play, 78-yard drive and give the Longhorns a 24-21 win over Ohio State in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

McCoy completed 41 of 59 passes, both Fiesta Bowl records, for 414 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score. On the game-winning touchdown, Cosby caught a short pass over the middle, slipped a tackle and sprinted toward the goal line before diving into the end zone.

The Buckeyes used two quarterbacks in the game – senior Todd Boeckman and freshman Terrelle Pryor – to confuse the Longhorns defense and the plan helped them almost pull off the upset.

Making their fifth trip to the desert in the past seven years, Ohio State battled back from a 17-6 deficit to take a 21-17 lead on a 15-yard run by Dan Herron with 2:05 to play. That score came after Todd Boeckman hit Terrelle Pryor for a 5-yard score to cut Texas’ lead to 17-15. Pryor’s pass on the 2-point conversion was incomplete.

But there was too much time left on the clock, as McCoy completed seven of 10 passes for 76 yards on the final drive.

Ohio State took a 6-3 halftime lead behind its solid defense and the running of Chris “Beanie” Wells, who had 96 yards rushing in the first half. But Wells, who finished with 106 yards on 16 carries, suffered a concussion and missed most of the second half.

On Texas’ first possession of the second half, McCoy took a direct snap, bolted through the right side of the line, broke to the sideline and spun past a defender for a 14-yard touchdown run. Seven minutes later, McCoy found Cosby in the back of the end zone to put the Longhorns up 17-6.

Cosby finished with 14 receptions (second most in Fiesta Bowl history) for 171 yards and the two touchdowns.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Ohio State
3
3
0
15
21
Texas
0
3
14
7
24

Yardstick

OSU
TEX
21
First Downs
33
39-203
Rushes-Yards
28-72
176
Passing Yards
414
10-25-0
Passes
41-59-1
16
Return Yards
0
4-40.2
Punts
5-46.8
1-0
Fumbles-Lost
2-0
7-67
Penalties-Yards
8-83

How They Scored

OSU
TEX
3
0
Aaron Pettrey 51 yard field goal
3
3
Hunter awrence 27 yard field goal
6
3
Ryan Pretorius 30 yard field goal
6
10
Colt McCoy 14 yard run (Lawrence kick)
6
17
Quan Cosby 7 yard pass from McCoy (Lawrence kick)
9
17
Pettrey 44 yard field goal
15
17
Terrelle Pryor 5 yard pass from Todd Boeckman (pass failed)
21
17
Dan Herron 15 yard run (pass failed)
21
24
Cosby 26 yard pass from McCoy (Lawrence kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
OSU
Chris Wells 16-106, Terrelle Pryor 15-78, Dan Herron 5-30, Maurice Wells 1-(-2), Todd Boeckman 2-(-9).
TEX
Chris Ogbonnaya 11-42, Foswhitt Whittaker 6-23, Colt McCoy 7-3, Cody Johnson 3-2, Rashad Bobino 1-2.
Passing
OSU
Terrelle Pryor 5-14-0-66, Todd Boeckman 5-11-0-110.
TEX
Colt McCoy 41-59-1-414.
Receiving
OSU
Brian Robiskie 5-116, DeVier Posey 2-13, Jake Ballard 1-21, Chris Wells 1-21, Terrelle Pryor 1-5.
TEX
Quan Cosby 14-171, Jordan Shipley 10-78, Brandon Collins 7-60, James Kirkendoll 5-41, Chris Ogbonnaya 4-56, Peter Ullman 1-8.