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Oklahoma State came out pistols firing in Austin on Saturday. The Pokes jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and for the few Longhorn fans in attendance, it looked to be a long, long day.

The second quarter brought about more than a fresh 15 minutes. Texas found some momentum after Cowboy QB Mason Rudolph had the ball inexplicably slip from his hand, and Texas’ Hassan Ridgeway returned the fumble for a 34-yard scoop and score.

By halftime the Longhorns has a 3-point lead, and Austin was starting to believe.

The second half was marred by poor officiating, with several questionable calls going in Oklahoma State’s favor. Despite that though, the Longhorns had a 3-point lead late into the fourth quarter.

Down three and with time winding down, Oklahoma State was on their own 49 yard line when a series of flags moved the call to the Texas 19-yard line. Well within kicking range. First a defensive pass interference moved the ball to the Texas 44. A defensive holding call, which is rarely called on a run play, then moved the ball to the Texas 34. Texas head coach Charlie Strong had about all he could take from the officials, and his emotions got the better of him. By giving his two cents to the refs, it cost the Longhorns another 15 yards, and OSU was in business.

With 2:30 still on the clock though, Texas still had a chance to win the game before it was sent into overtime, but instead disaster struck. OSU held the Longhorns to three and out, and Texas was forced to punt. A punt that went one yard.

OSU kicker Ben Grogan trotted back out onto the field and put it through the uprights. For the second week in a row, the Longhorns lose by a shanked kick.

Game Stats

Oklahoma State

Texas

1st Downs 27 11
3rd Down Eff 9-17 4-16
4th Down Eff 0-0 1-2
Total Yards 395 290
Passing Yds 292 119
Comp-Att 24-36 9-17
Yds Per Pass 7.5 5.0
Rushing Yds 103 171
Rush Att 46 42
Yds Per Rush 2.2 4.1
Penalties 7-40 16-128
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles lost 1 0
Picks Thrown 2 1
Final Score 30 27
1st Qtr 14 6
2nd Qtr 3 14
3rd Qtr 7 7
4th Qtr 6 0

 

Key Point In The Game

Let’s be honest here, some really poor officiating kept OSU in the game. That being said, OSU’s 98-yard drive in the third quarter was the key point in the game.

The Pokes had punted their previous two possessions going back to a disastrous second quarter, and it looked like Texas was in full control of the game at that point. The Cowboys got the ball on their own two yard line to start the drive, and after picking up just three yards with the first two downs, QB Mason Rudolph was faced with third and seven. That’s when he found Brandon Sheperd for a 25-yard completion, and the Pokes were back in business.

The touchdown gave OSU the lead, but more than that it gave them back some desperately needed momentum.

Positives For Oklahoma State

The Defense – The Cowboy’s defense held Texas’ offense to just 13 points, and through much of the game, kept OSU in it. Texas QB Jerrod Heard looked like the second coming of Vince Young out there at times, but OSU was able to get stops when they needed to.

Negatives For Oklahoma State

The Run Game – 2.2 yards per carry is pathetic. You won’t wind many games with that stat. Whether it’s at running back, offensive line, or a change in play calling, Oklahoma State needs to find some answers in a hurry.

Positives For Texas

Jerrod Heard – Heard is as good as advertised. He has a good arm, and even better wheels. He made a few freshman mistakes, but he’s going to win the Longhorns plenty of games.

Negatives For Texas

Special Teams – Once is a fluke, twice is a pattern. You have to feel bad for the Longhorns kickers. Texas is snake bit right now, and you have to wonder just how much this team will believe they can win when a game is close.

Home Field Advantage – When Mike Perrin was introduced as Texas’ interim AD a couple of weeks ago he said, “I’ve been concerned. I sat in the stands last week and saw empty seats. There’s nothing greater than the feel of being in the arena. Fans, band members, your peers supporting you, there’s nothing like it, and it concerns me that fans, last week, voted with the feet.”

So, this can’t bode well for Charlie Strong then…

Player Of The Game

K Ben Grogan – The Oklahoma State kicker didn’t get the season off to the best start, but back to back clutch kicks will do world’s to turn his season around.

What The Win Means For Oklahoma State

The Pokes can’t feel too great about it, but a win is a win, and I’m sure they’ll take it. They remain undefeated, but with Kansas State up next, they need to iron some things out before facing tougher competition.

What The Loss Means For Texas

This kind of loss is soul-crushing. Losing in back to back weeks because of special teams errors is tough to get out of your head, and with TCU and OU up next, they could be looking at starting the season 1-5. The Longhorn’s mettle is being tested, and if feels like this next couple of weeks could be a breaking point. Will Charlie Strong’s squad pack it in, or will they continue to fight?

Emptying The Notebook

At 48 years old, Gundy’s still got it.

Oklahoma State is now tied for the record for consecutive wins in Austin at four.

By the end of the game Oklahoma State was playing musical chairs with their QB’s.

Although it looks like that was because Rudolph suffered an injury to his throwing hand which caused a little numbness. Gundy said he’s good to go for next week though.

If Longhorn fans are crying conspiracy about the officiating, then what are Cowboy fans to think after OSU’s headsets stopped working after jumping out to a quick 14-0 lead?

The Longhorns have found a role for Tyrone Swoopes. The Longhorns brought the 6’4″ and 244 lbs. quarterback in to enhance their power run game. Now it just needs a name. Swoopes-dozer?

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