Landover, Md. (October 19, 2014) – In a come from behind victory led by third string quarterback Colt McCoy, the Washington Redskins defeated the Tennessee Titans 19-17 on a last second 22-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. The victory “improves” the Redskins record to 2-5 and drops Tennessee to 2-5 as well.
The Redskin’s day started with Kirk Cousins at QB, where he was once again ineffective behind center and careless with the ball. Cousins had one pass picked off and lost another fumble while going 10 for 16, passing for 139 yards and amassing a passer rating of 64.3 in the first half. Coach Gruden, if he hadn’t seen enough, certainly heard enough, as the Redskins were booed off the field at the end of the first half, losing 10-6 in a lackluster game.
Colt McCoy came on in replacement of Cousins at the start of the second half. On his very first play from scrimmage, McCoy tossed a short pass to Pierre Garçon who then ran the ball 70 yards for TD. With that, the band started playing, “Hail to the Redskins,” and the fans said, “Who the heck is Colt McCoy?”
McCoy is a bit of a vagabond, having been drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round in 2010 after starting for the Texas Longhorns from 2006 – 2009. In college, he was a contender for the Heisman Trophy, having finished as a runner-up in 2008 and a finalist in 2009. As a senior, he also won awards as quarterback of the year, offensive player of the year and outstanding football player of the year while leading the Longhorns to a perfect 12-0 regular season record. However, he wasn’t able to cap off his season with a championship as he was forced to leave the 2010 BCS National Championship Game after he was injured on the game’s first offensive drive. Alabama would go on to win that game 37-21.
Forgive me, I digress. Where was I, yes, the Redskin’s just went ahead 16-10 on McCoy’s first pass from scrimmage. The last time someone scored a TD on their first pass attempt was when wide receiver Brandon Banks threw a 49-yard touchdown pass on his only attempt in Washington on December 11, 2011, vs New England.
After a 12 play Tennessee drive stalled on the Washington 37-yard line, McCoy again lined up under center and conducted a 11 play drive that moved the ball from the Redskin 8-yard line to midfield. There the Redskin’s had to punt, but the ball was muffed by Dexter McCluster and was recovered by Niles Paul. Starting on the Tennessee 24-yard line, McCoy drove the Skins to the 9-yard line to set-up a 27-yard field goal by Kai Forbath and a 16-10 lead.
Tennessee then answered back with their own 9 play 80-yard drive that culminated in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Whitehurst to Derek Hagan and a 17-16 Tennessee lead.
One can understand the collective gasp let out by the crowd on that play, as many of the Redskin faithful have seen this movie before- having your hopes lifted by an inspired performance coming off the bench only to have defeat snatched from the jaws of victory in the fourth quarter. However, today, Colt McCoy decided to write a new ending.
After an exchange of punts by both teams, McCoy took over on the Washington 20 with the Redskins losing 17-16 and 3:14 to play. Colt began the series with a crisp 9-yard pass to Jordan Reed for 7 yards. Roy Helu then made two runs that moved the ball to the Washington 39-yard line and the Two-Minute warning sounded.
McCoy then completed another short pass to Reed for another 9-yards, followed by another short pass to Pierre Garçon for 3-yards that moved the ball to the Tennessee 47 yard-line.
Colt then lofted a deep pass to speedster DeSean Jackson who ran out of bounds at the Tennessee 11 and a Redskin victory seemed inevitable. However, Tom Compton was flagged for illegal use of hands back on the 47-yard line nullifying the play. Fortunately, the Titan’s Shaun Phillips was guilty of the same infraction so no yardage was lost and there was a do-over on the play.
McCoy then picked up where he left off, flinging a short pass to Reed to move the ball to the Tennessee 28-yard line. After Roy Helu lost a yard, McCoy threw again to DeSean Jackson who drew a pass interference penalty that moved the ball to the Tennessee 7-yard line. After another couple of plays burned the clock down, Kai Forbath kicked a 22-yard field goal as time expired to seal a 19-17 Redskin victory, and Colt McCoy was able to head off the field in the dimming sunlight having scripted a happy ending for the 75,000 screaming fans at FedEx field.