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Texas coach Mack Brown: QB Case McCoy to start vs. Kansas State

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer
David Ash is officially 'questionable' for Kansas State and won't start vs. the Wildcats. (US Presswire)

Kansas State was already arguably the toughest game of the 2012 season for the Texas Longhorns. And it might have just gotten much tougher.

After being listed as "questionable" by the Longhorns in their Sunday injury report, starting quarterback David Ash will miss his first start of the season when Texas travels to take on the 10-1, AP No. 7 Wildcats. Coach Mack Brown announced on the Big 12's Monday teleconference that junior Case McCoy would get the start instead.

Ash injured his ribs against TCU in the midst of one of his worst performances of the season.

But neither quarterback was at his best in the Longhorns' 20-13 Thanksgiving night loss, with Ash committing three first-half turnovers and finishing just 10-of-21 for a grand total of 5 yards per attempt. McCoy led the Longhorns on one second-half touchdown drive but wasn't dramatically better statistically, going 11-for-17 for 6.5 yards per attempt with no touchdowns and one ugly game-icing interception.

McCoy has completed 66 percent of his passes this season for 9 yards per attempt with four touchdowns and only the one pick. But until the TCU game, most of that action came in garbage time against New Mexico and Oklahoma. McCoy did play a major role in saving the Longhorns from an upset loss to Kansas, coming off the bench to hit 5-of-7 and throw the winning touchdown pass in the 21-17 win.

McCoy's last start was the Longhorns' 2011 regular-season finale against Baylor, a 48-24 Texas loss in which McCoy committed five turnovers.

No matter which quarterback takes the majority of snaps, though, the Longhorns will have their hands full with a Wildcats team looking to clinch the Big 12 title and accompanying BCS berth. That's not to say Texas doesn't have something on the line, though -- despite the disappointments against West Virginia, Oklahoma, and TCU, a win would give Brown his first nine-win season since taking the 2009 team to the BCS Championship Game.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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