The Longhorns held on to their No. 23 spot in the BCS rankings thanks to a big performance by their quarterback against Kansas on Saturday; the problem is that it was Case McCoy under center, not Ash, who led the final-drive comeback over the Jayhawks.
Ash was just 8-of-16 for 63 yards and two interceptions when the the Longhorns received the ball down, 17-14, in the fourth quarter. With Ash ineffective for most of the game, Brown put McCoy in to lead the offense on the team's final two drives and stuck with the junior on the critical game-winning drive. McCoy responded by going 5-of-7 for 63 yards, tossing a one-yard pass to D.J. Grant for the winning score with 12 seconds remaining in the game.
Brown, citing the body of work by Ash over the course of the season, compared the situation to when Chance Mock took the field for Vince Young in 2003. Ash was completing over 70 percent of his passes and had thrown just one interception the first five games of the season, but has struggled against key Big 12 opponents in October.
The Longhorns face No. 18 Texas Tech on Saturday with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. CT and coverage on ABC and ESPN2.