How's my driving?
Greg McElroy and Colt McCoy explained by their signature game-winning drives
This column appears in the Jan. 11 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
It's a fact that someone will win the BCS title game. It's a smart assumption that, with two of the nation's top three defenses colliding, points will be scarce. And it's pure hope that, for a 2009 season that opened with an unprecedented three Heisman finalists coming back and that saw a historic five undefeated teams go to the bowls, we get a final game capped by a fourth-quarter, game-winning drive.
Well, it looks like the BCS computers have smiled upon us. The Jan. 7 championship game will pit two quarterbacks, Texas' Colt McCoy and Alabama's Greg McElroy, who are two of the nation's best fourth-quarter winners. The numbers prove it. McCoy has an FBS-record 45 career wins, with late comebacks against Oklahoma and Nebraska this season. McElroy, the junior who's Bama's first-year starter, hasn't lost a game since middle school, including tight W's in 2009 over Tennessee and Auburn.
How do they work that magic? Fans, as a rule, remember only that last scoreboard click, when their 24-30 panic switches to 31-30 pandemonium. So we asked both Texas-bred QBs to describe their most memorable comebacks, which quickly became a four-step viewer's guide on how to transform a possession into a Drive. These lessons might prove valuable on Jan. 7.
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