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McCoy's Arm Goes "Dead" in Championship
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- This is not the way Colt McCoy envisioned his college career ending.

The Texas All-American quarterback was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury on the Longhorns' first possession of their 37-21 loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship. Backup Garrett Gilbert, a true freshman, was ineffective early before rallying the Longhorns to within 24-21 with 6:15 left.

That comeback was just enough to leave Longhorn fans wondering what their team would have done with a healthy McCoy available for the entire game.

McCoy, who is expected to be among the first five quarterbacks selected in the NFL draft in April, said it was "unfortunate" he couldn't play in the most important game of his career. McCoy won an NCAA-record 45 games in his four-year career. This season he completed 70.5 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,512 yards and 30 TDs.

After the game, McCoy said he "would have given anything to be out there" with his teammates as they were playing for the national title. As it was, Texas finished 13-and-1.

McCoy said after the game that he really was feeling "no pain in my arm. I just can't feel my arm. My arm is dead" from the early hit on his throwing shoulder.

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