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Third and Longhorns: Inside Oklahoma 29, Texas 24

Posted October 14th, 2017

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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.

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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.

Game balls

OFFENSE

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.

DEFENSE

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: 

On fourth-and-13 from the OU 34, Texas’ Derek Kerstetter was flagged for holding, and Ehlinger curiously threw the ball away for the Longhorns’ final offensive play of the game.

This and that

HORNS UP

1.Running back Kyle Porter touched off Texas’ comeback with a stirring 42-yard kickoff return, breaking four tackles and running over a fifth Sooner, and then caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Sam Ehlinger.
2. Reserve defensive back John Bonney made a perfect read, jumped the route in front of Sooners running back Trey Sermon for a key interception to set up a field goal just before halftime.

HORNS DOWN

1. Cornerback Kris Boyd was burned for a 54-yard Sooners touchdown pass to Jeff Badet on a post route for OU’s first score of the game.
2. Linebacker Breckyn Hager dropped an easy interception in the red zone, allowing OU’s first possession of the third quarter to continue for a Sooners field goal and a 23-10 lead.
3. Linebacker Malik Jefferson missed a sack on OU’s Baker Mayfield, who then scrambled for 16 yards and a first down late in the second quarter. Defensive end Charles Omenihu

On deck: Oklahoma State

Oct. 21, Royal-Memorial Stadium (time, TV TBA)

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