SAN ANTONIO - Colt McCoy threw two touchdown passes to tie a single-season record for freshmen and Texas rallied to beat Iowa 26-24 on Saturday in the Alamo Bowl.
McCoy had been cleared to play just a week earlier after suffering a severely pinched nerve in his neck in each of Texas' past two games - both losses. He also ran 8 yards on fourth down to set up a 2-yard scoring run by Selvin Young early in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game winner.
McCoy, a redshirt freshman, finished 26-for-40 for 308 yards. His 29 touchdown passes this season tied the NCAA freshman record.
Texas (10-3), the 2005 national champion, won at least 10 games for the sixth consecutive season and avoided its first three-game losing streak since 1999.
Drew Tate passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns, both to Andy Brodell, for the Hawkeyes (6-7), who lost six of their final seven games.
The Longhorns were heavy favorites in front of an Alamo Bowl record crowd of 65,875 fans that was mostly a sea of burnt-orange.
But Iowa stunned them by taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and retaking it at 21-20 with 1:08 left in the third when Brodell scored his second touchdown.
After Young's touchdown with just under 11 minutes left, Iowa pulled within 26-24 two when Kyle Schlicher kicked a 38-yard field goal. The Hawkeyes then forced a punt and had the ball near midfield.
But the Hawkeyes got tripped up by their own trickery. Texas safety Marcus Griffin tackled Dominique Douglas for a 9-yard loss on a wide-receiver pass and the Hawkeyes were forced to punt three plays later.