The Texas Longhorns will enter Saturday’s Alamo Bowl without their starting quarterback against the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers in San Antonio.
Texas head coach Mack Brown sent reserve quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks back home for violating team rules, breaking their curfew, according to the AP.
Other reports suggest the players may have been involved in an alleged sexual assault that took place in the San Antonio area early Friday morning. However those reports have not been completely confirmed.
The 8-4 Longhorns enter Saturday’s matchup after two straight losses to end their regular season. On Dec. 1, Texas fell to Big-12 champion Kansas State 42-24, with McCoy tossing two touchdowns along with two picks.
Texas held a 10-7 halftime lead after McCoy hit receiver Jaxon Shipley for a 14-yard score midway through the second quarter, but Kansas State responded with a blistering 35 points in the second half and the victory.
Like many teams that faced the Wildcats, the Longhorns couldn’t contain Heisman second-runner up Collin Klein, who rushed for a game-high 103 yards and two touchdowns.
The 9-3 Beavers had a far different regular season finale, annihilating Nicholls State 77-3 with 683 total offensive yards. It was a school-record in points scored in a single game, with quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz combining for five touchdowns and 421 yards.
Vaz entered the game after the Beavers were up 35-0, and is scheduled to start against the Longhorns.
Receiver Markus Wheaton had 12 catches for 123 yards and a score, and added a 10-yard rushing score, and Oregon State completed a six-game improvement from last season’s dismal 3-9 mark.
All that offense is complemented by a defense that lets up just under 20 points per game, ranked No. 22 in the country.
Texas will hand the ball back to sophomore quarterback David Ash, who started every game this season until McCoy took over in the second half against TCU on Nov. 22. Ash has totaled 2,458 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions, completing 67.7 percent of his passes.
Betting Odds: Oregon State is favored by 4 points.
Over/Under: 58 points
Prediction: Texas may struggle to keep the off-the-field distractions out of the game, even if they aren't very far from home. The Beavers are much improved, but still want to prove their season isnt' a fluke by beating one of college football's most storied programs. Look for Oregon State's Vaz and Wheaton to put up more big numbers in a rout.
Predicted Score: Oregon State 35 , Texas 17