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Oklahoma State Knocks Off Texas: Takeaways From The Game

The Cowboys pulled off the upset over the Longhorns in Stillwater, and with the Big 12 now in chaos, here’s what we take from the game.

Coming into the game, Texas was on the rise winning their last six games and soaring to no. six in the rankings. Oklahoma State had lost three out of the last four and displayed poor body language in their last outing.  The Cowboys showed they still have the talent to play with the top teams in the Big 12 in an upset win over the Longhorns.

Oklahoma State jumped out to a 17-7 lead on their first three possessions of the game. Taylor Cornelius was 7-10 through the air for 109 yards and two touchdowns. They made a commitment to get the ball to Justice Hill early and it paid off. Hill racked up 53 yards on his first six carries, keeping the Longhorns defense on their heels. OSU had 260 yards of total offense in the first quarter.

The Cowboys continued their dominance in the second quarter. After holding Texas to a three and out, Okie State put together a well-balanced drive together and put seven more points on the board, holding a 17-point lead.

Texas responded with a four play 75-yard drive to get back within ten. Sam Ehlinger hit Lil’Jordan Humphry for a 34-yard completion, then Andrew Beck for a 36-yard pass and catch, before Ehlinger scampered in for two yards out.

The Cowboys put together another methodical drive together towards the end of the half. A little trickery and somewhat controversial fourth and one kept the drive alive. OSU lined up to punt and movement from 10 Okie State players, changing formations, drew an offside penalty. The offense took advantage four plays later when Tylan Wallace made a remarkable catch to put the Cowboys back up 17.

Both defenses settled in to start the second half. Texas ended the drought late in the third. Ehlinger found Colin Johnson for 27 yards the threw beautiful over the shoulder pass to Keaontay Ingram on a wheel route to cut the lead to 10.

The Longhorns got within three early in the third quarter and it was shaping up to be a big Texas comeback. They had all the momentum holding OSU to a three and out, but a big punt by Zach Sinor pushed the Longhorns back to their own two-yard line.

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Texas was held deep in their own territory and a 43-yard punt gave Oklahoma State the ball on the UT 45-yard line. The Pokes took advantage of the short field and was getting yards in chunks before Cornelius scrambled and scurried into the endzone giving the Cowboys a 38-28 with just under six minutes to play.

Texas answered with a touchdown to cut the lead back to three with only 1:46 left in the game; nonetheless, the Longhorns attempted an onside kick that the Cowboys recovered to hold on for the upset.

Texas Didn’t Match Oklahoma State’s Energy

We’ve seen this happen this last couple of weeks, when a highly ranked team goes on the road to play a night game against an unranked opponent. It happened to West Virginia a couple weeks ago to Iowa State and last week Purdue beat down Ohio State.

Oklahoma State began the game clicking on all cylinders. Meanwhile, Texas played flatfooted for the first 30 minutes of the game. If the Longhorns played with half of the energy in the first half as they did the final two quarters, they might still be undefeated in Big 12 play.

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Justice Hill Brought Balance

Hill nearly had 100 yards rushing in the game. He had most of his yards on his first six carries kept the Longhorns defense honest and it paved the way for the running attack. Hill and Chuba Hubbard accounted for 172 yards on the ground and took the pressure off Taylor Cornelius.

Oklahoma State is now 2-1 when Hill has 20 or more carries.

Tylan Wallace

Wallace had 10 receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Eight of those were for first downs, three on third down and a touchdown on fourth down. That was his first 200-yard game of the season and his fifth 100 plus yard game.

He is making a case as the Cowboy’s next great receiver and arguably the best receiver in the country.

Texas Showed Resiliency

Texas may have started off slow, but they did fight back in the second half. The defense stepped up, holding the Cowboys to 124 total yards in the second half. If it wasn’t for Brandon Jones catching a punt over his shoulder and pinning himself deep in his own territory, the Longhorns may have completed the comeback.

Oklahoma State Can Play Spoiler

This is the second win over a ranked opponent on the year. They’ve proven they can beat good teams and still have two teams that are on top of the conference rankings left on their schedule. The first one is at Norman where they have only won twice in the last 17 years and they host West Virginia the following week.

There is still a chance for the Big 12 Championship, but they need a lot of help.

Texas Still in The Driver’s Seat

The Longhorns might be out of the playoff picture; however, they still control their own destiny. They own the tie-breaker over Oklahoma and play West Virginia at home this upcoming weekend. If they can get back to their winning ways, they will be in Arlington the first Saturday of December.

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