A deeper look inside Texas’ 29-24 loss to No. 12 Oklahoma:
Why Texas (3-3, 2-1 Big 12) lost
The Horns aren’t quite there just yet. Down 20-0, it looked like Saturday was going to be a Red River Blowout but the Longhorns fought to make it a game at halftime, then came close to winning the whole thing in the fourth quarter. Sam Ehlinger started slowly but heated up. The running was non-existent again. Collin Johnson was a virtual no show — save for a costly holding penalty on an OU punt in the final minute that backed up the Horns to their own 3. Big plays tend to play significant roles in this series, and OU burned Texas with a few of them.
Why Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1) won
Big plays. There was the game-winning 59-yard play to Mark Andrews and a 54-yard score to Jeff Badet. CeeDee Lamb had a 44-yard catch and there also was a 42-yard halfback pass trick play. Still, this was a close one and the Sooners had to hold off Texas in the final minutes. The Sooners are now 25-2 after a loss over the past decade.
The Eyes of Texas
The Longhorns kept their eyes on three specific Sooners — Mayfield, still in the Heisman conversation and without an interception in 134 attempts heading into Saturday; tight end Mark Andrews, Mayfield’s favorite target and the Sooners’ leading pass catcher; and cornerback Parnell Motley, a tough pass defender who trails only Texas’ DeShon Elliott in interceptions among Big 12 players.
How did they do?
Mayfield was 17 of 27 for 302 yard and 2 touchdowns. He was intercepted once.
Andrews had 4 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown — a 59-yarder that ended up being the game winner.
Motley had four tackles and one pass breakup.
Sam Ehlinger: He overcame a slow start to produce 384 yards of total offense. He left the game briefly in the fourth quarter but returned. Made plays with his legs and arm.
Michael Dickson: Five punts, with an average of 55 yards per kick. That included a monster 69-yarder.
John Bonney: He picked off Baker Mayfield in the fourth quarter — the first interception Mayfield has thrown this season.
Malik Jefferson: Led the team with 11 tackles. Also had a sack and a tackle for loss.
Plays of the game
Offensive play of the game: Trailing for the first time all day, Oklahoma regained the lead just three plays later when Baker Mayfield threw a 59-yard strike to tight end Mark Andrews for a 29-24 lead.
Defensive play of the game:
This and that
On deck: Oklahoma State
Oct. 21, Royal-Memorial Stadium (time, TV TBA)
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