Texas's Tyrone Swoops is tackled by OSU defenders in the second quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Ok., on Saturday, October 01, 2016. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

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It’s halftime: No. 22 Texas trails Oklahoma State, 37-25

Posted October 1st, 2016

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It’s halftime in Stillwater.

No. 22 Texas trails Oklahoma State, 37-25.

The story of the game, so far?

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It appears that the Longhorns now need another off week — not to fix the defense (though it wouldn’t hurt, but more on that later), but to work on the kicking game.

So far, the Cowboys have blocked three Texas extra-point kicks and Trent Domingue has missed on his lone field goal attempt. It’s been a long day for sophomore deep snapper Jak Holbrook, a 5-10, 204-pound sophomore who’s being swept to the side by Oklahoma State’s 6-3, 310-pound defensive tackle Vincent Taylor right up the middle.

One of those Taylor blocks was returned by Tre Flowers for a 2-point runback, similar to what we saw in the opener against Notre Dame.

Beyond that, it’s been a back-and-forth shootout. The Cowboys went up 14-0 quickly before Texas’ offense and defense settled down. It’s been a steady dose of D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III runs, and Shane Buechele has been steady on the short and medium routes.

Those looking for a big defensive effort will need to keep looking. There have been plenty of missed tackles and a dropped interception.

How it’s all happened:

FIRST QUARTER

Oklahoma State: James Washington 54-yard pass from Mason Rudolph (Grogan kick)

The drive: 6-68-2:21

The key play: Another third-down conversion pass for a first down.

Texas: Tyrone Swoopes 2-yard run (Trent Domingue kick), 5:50

The drive: 6-84-1:33

The key play: Dorian Leonard turned a quick catch at the line of scrimmage into a 51-yard play down to the 2, thanks to a Cowboys missed tackle.

Texas: D’Onta Foreman 22-yard run (kick blocked), 1:25

The drive: 8-73-2:30

The key play: Two of them — a pair of third-and-5 and third-and-4 conversions, courtesy of a Shane Buchele-to-Jerrod Heard slant pattern for 21 yards and a Tyrone Swoopes run out of the 18-Wheeler package, respectively.

Oklahoma State: Tre Flowers blocked PAT, 2-point return, 1:25

SECOND QUARTER

Texas: Tyrone Swoopes 12-yard run (kick blocked), 10:13

The drive: 14-81-4:37

The key play: A punishing drive forced a Cowboys defensive timeout to let players catch their breath. Texas scored two plays later, anway.

Texas: Andrew Beck 39-yard pass from Shane Buechele (kick blocked), 6:31

The drive: 5-75-2:02

The key play: A 23-yard swing pass from Buechele to D’Onta Foreman on third-and-3 was highlighted by nice downfield blocking from 6-6 freshman receiver Collin Johnson.

Oklahoma State: Jalen McCleskey 36-yard pass from Mason Rudolph (Grogan kick), 5:05

The drive: 4-75-1:26

The key play: The scoring pass was the play — DeShon Elliot and John Bonney looked confused in coverage.

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