Texas (1-2, 0-0) vs. Oklahoma State (3-0, 0-0), 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Royal-Memorial Stadium, ESPN, 104.9
ABOUT TEXAS: The offense has emerged from its long hibernation with the switch to Jerrod Heard at quarterback, with big plays coming out of the passing game as well as Heard’s improvisational runs. But the defense is a worry; the Longhorns have struggled against the run and defending on third down. Texas had one of its biggest offensive days in program history in Saturday night’s loss to Cal. One of the bigger dramatic endings, too.
ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys haven’t had many problems with Central Michigan (24-13), Central Arkansas (32-8) and UTSA (69-14). The running game is coming off a strong performance while the defense has played well since the start of the season. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was 17 of 23 for 280 yards and two touchdowns Saturday. The Cowboys forced seven turnovers against UTSA, the third most in school history.
INJURY WATCH: Texas WR Marcus Johnson, who hurt his ankle in the opener, dressed for Cal but did not play, and safety Jason Hall left the game after being shaken up. Like Johnson, Oklahoma State defenders Emmanuel Ogbah, Ryan Simmons, Seth Jacobs and Jordan Sterns dressed out for the UTSA game, but did not play.
ABOUT THE SERIES: Texas has controlled the series both in Austin and Stillwater. The Longhorns are 24-5 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 14-4 mark when the game is played in Austin. The two teams have split their last four games, however.
THE LAST FIVE RESULTS
2014: Texas, 28-7
2013: Oklahoma State, 38-13
2012: Texas, 41-36
2011: Oklahoma State, 38-26
2010: Oklahoma State, 33-16
THE LAST TIME: In one of Texas’ better performances of 2014, Tyrone Swoopes passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns while the defense sacked Cowboys quarterback Daxx Garman seven times and forcing two turnovers. Texas shut Oklahoma State out for three quarters. Johnathan Gray rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown, Nick Rose hit three field goals and Dylan Haines was responsible for the two turnovers via an interception and fumble recovery.
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