Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
AUSTIN -- So much for grabbing the bully pulpit.
Texas coach Mack Brown resisted the chance to openly campaign for his team's inclusion in the Bowl Championship Series or next week's Big 12 title game after an impressive 49-9 victory over Texas A&M.
Starting quarterback Colt McCoy was taken out of action with 11:23 left in the fourth quarter and most of his starters even earlier.
And unlike in 2004, when his late lobbying helped push the Longhorns into the Rose Bowl -- the first BCS appearance in school history -- Brown left a lot unsaid Thursday after his team's impressive victory.
"I think voters have a tough decision because there's a lot of really good football teams out there," Brown said. "Oklahoma is a great team. Texas Tech is a great team. I do not want to sit up and take anything from any one of those teams.
"It would really be classless for me to sit here and say they aren't a great team. I don't want to say Oklahoma and Tech aren't deserving too, because they are really, really good football teams."
The decision to remove McCoy was an easy one for Brown, even though he had to convince his quarterback to go along with it.
"I can't sit here and say we believe in sportsmanship and sit there and throw it every snap at the end," Brown said. "And if the difference in 49-9 and 56-9 is going to make the difference, the system is more screwed up than I think it is."
The Longhorns are involved in a three-team conundrum in the South Division. Texas beat Oklahoma, 45-35, on a neutral field. Oklahoma smacked Texas Tech last week in Norman, 65-21. And Tech beat the Longhorns, 39-33, on a play settled in the final seconds.
If the Red Raiders and Sooners both win on Saturday, it will result in the first three-team tie in Big 12 South Division history. And it end up being settled on the fifth tiebreaker -- with the team with the highest standing in the BCS advancing.
Brown did politick for a rules change that would be in line with the Southeastern Conference's way of breaking three-team ties. The SEC takes the bottom team out a three-team deadlock and then settles a tie between the top two teams by head-to-head results.
In the BCS standings, the Longhorns have an .0084 lead over the Sooners. The Longhorns have an edge in the six computer rankings while the Sooners have a 63-point edge in the two human polls.
McCoy said the Longhorns' on-the-field performance should have done all of the convincing for pollsters that was needed.
The statistics showed the Longhorns dominated Thursday from the opening snap. The Aggies were limited to minus 24 yards rushing. Texas converted 14 of 17 third-down plays and rolled up 536 yards and 7.3 yards per snap.
"I don't think we need to say anything," Texas wide receiver Quan Cosby said. "It was said on the field tonight. Our play did it all."
While Brown didn't say much in trying to sway pollsters opinions past the other two teams, many in the record crowd of 98,621 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium did. Hundreds of fans came toting "45-35" signs that were shown often during the national broadcast of the game. Fans are planning to charter an airplane that will exhibit the score during Saturday's game between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma in Stillwater.
Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller saw the signs and agreed with their sentiments.
"It's true," he said. "45-35 was the score. We did beat them. I think the importance thing the fans were doing was making sure that everybody remembered it. I don't know what the voters will do, but I hope they will take that into consideration."
The Longhorns (11-1) have confounded pundits all season long after being picked as a consensus third in preseason polling for the South Division.
Instead, they came within a second of pulling off the most improbable run in school history. A loss settled in the final second against Tech remains their only blemish.
"Those kids have done everything they need to do this season," said Brown, who claimed the 200th victory of his career Thursday night. "To me, they should go (to the Big 12 championship game). But if not, we'll go someplace else. We won't pout about it."