The Cowboys outlasted the Longhorns in an overtime thriller on Saturday. To the surprise of just about everybody, this game turned into a defensive showdown. Oklahoma State, the number one offense in the nation, was held to just 13 points on the day, and they won! The Cowboy defense stepped up and held the Longhorn offense to only 10 points.
Oklahoma State advances to 6-1 and avoids virtual playoff elimination with this win. Texas drops to 3-4 on the season, but the defense is legit.
The game started slow with both offenses having trouble finding an early rhythm, but Oklahoma State broke the ice when they struck first on a J.D. King touchdown run. The Cowboys led 7-0 late in the first quarter. Just when it looked like OSU may run away with the game, the Longhorn defense stepped up big by forcing the turnover with their backs to the goal line.
Texas then answered with a touchdown of their own to start the second quarter, after John Burt tight-roped the sideline for 90 yards. Burt was caught from behind by safety Ramon Richards to save the touchdown, but only for a moment. Sam Ehlinger punched it into the end zone to even the score at seven.
Texas started to believe, and both defenses dominated the rest of the quarter to keep the score knotted at 7-7 entering the half.
The Longhorns drove right down the field to start the second half, adding a Josh Rowland field goal to take a 10-7 lead, and the Cowboys were in trouble as Texas continued to frustrate the Poke’s high-powered offense.
However, the Longhorns struggled to capitalize on their momentum as both defenses proceeded to dominate the rest of the quarter as both offense went scoreless.
To start off the fourth quarter, Matt Ammendola converted an Oklahoma State field goal to even the score up at 10-10. The Longhorns and Cowboys then had a kicking contest as both teams exchanged punts back and forth until the clock hit zero. This game was headed to overtime.
Texas won the coin toss and elected to defend, putting Mason Rudolph and the Cowboy offense to the test. The Pokes were held to only a field goal. Oklahoma State had a 13-10 lead and the Texas offense had a chance to deliver Tom Herman’s signature win with a touchdown.
A pass interference penalty put the Longhorns within ten yards of the end-zone. After a Jerrod Heard screen, Texas was knocking on the door. Sam Ehlinger than rolled out to his left, looking for Dorian Leonard for the win. Feeling the pressure, the freshman floated a duck right into the hands of Oklahoma State DB Ramon Richards to seal the Longhorns’ fate.
Despite this game being one of Oklahoma State’s ugliest performances of the year, the Pokes escaped with a win. The Cowboys survive with the Big 12 Championship plans and more in tact.
|3rd Down Eff||5-18||3-17|
|4th Down Eff||0-0||1-1|
|Yards Per Pass||7.4||6.7|
|Yards Per Rush||2.9||1.3|
|OSU – M. Rudolph||25/38||282||7.4||0||0||39.4|
|UT – S. Ehlinger||22/36||241||6.7||0||1||17.8|
|OSU – J. Hill||33||117||3.5||0||15|
|UT – C. Warren III||12||33||2.8||0||15|
|OSU – M. Ateman||4||87||21.8||0||66|
|UT – J. Burt||2||99||49.5||0||90|
EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK
Yet another moral victory for these Texas Longhorns. Todd Orlando has this Texas defense firing on all cylinders, but the offense has not pulled their weight at all. Sam Ehlinger looked like a freshman today as he cost the Longhorns the game late. Texas needs to find something on offense fast if they want to reach bowl eligibility.
The Oklahoma State offense struggled as the Longhorns dared them to run. Justice Hill turned 33 carries into 117 yards. Most teams will probably follow this Texas defensive blueprint when facing OSU going forward. The Cowboys need to make defenses pay by establishing a dominant ground game when defenses dare the Pokes to run.
Texas Longhorn wide receiver Reggie Hemphill left the game with an apparent knee injury. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but the Longhorns will need Hemphill back as soon as possible. The redshirt freshman has emerged as an electric slot receiver and punt returner.
The Cowboy defense played their best defensive game of the season against the Longhorns. Texas could not get anything going, especially on the ground. If it weren’t for a freak sequence with John Burt, Oklahoma State could have very well held the Longhorns to three points all game.
The pick that sealed the game. Richards has a knack for game sealing picks.
— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 21, 2017
Oklahoma State is now squarely back in the playoff picture. With a challenging trip to Morgantown looming, the Cowboys need to put this victory behind them quickly. If the Cowboy offense has another poor output like this next week, Will Grier will make the Pokes pay.
Also, no matter what Kirk Herbstreit says, Mike Gundy’s mullet was looking spiffy as usual Saturday.