It’s over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. For the third time in five games, Texas had to work overtime. For the third time this season, the Longhorns led a top 12-ranked team in the fourth quarter. And for the third time, the Longhorns came up short against a ranked opponent.
No. 10 Oklahoma State registered its fifth straight win at Royal-Memorial Stadium, edging Texas 13-10.
The Cowboys had to settle for a field goal when Mason Rudolph’s pass to Marcell Ateman fell incomplete inside the 5. Matt Ammendola knocked the kick in from 34 yards out and the 13-10 lead.
Texas, needing a touchdown to win and a field goal to force a second OT period, started at its 25. Sam Ehlinger ran wide for a 2-yard loss. His second-down pass was a shot to Lorenzo Joe into the end zone; it was incomplete but A.J. Green was flagged for pass interference, giving Texas a first down at the 12.
Jerrod Heard ran for 5, then caught a short pass for 1 to OSU’s 6. On third-and-4, Ehlinger was flushed left, and under pressure from defensive end Trey Carter he floated a high pass into the end zone — that was picked off by Ramon Richards, ending the game.
The story of the game?
It centered around what wa the matchup of the game — Oklahoma State’s quick-strike, No. 1-ranked offense that was scoring 48 points a game vs. a Texas defense that shut out San Jose State, made the road trip at No. 4 USC a winnable game and frustrated No. 12 Oklahoma last week — when the Sooners’ offense was ranked No. 1 in the country.
How did the Longhorns’ defense do?
Very well. Again.
OSU ranks No. 1 nationally in total offense, at 610.7 yards per game. The Cowboys finished with 428.
OSU ranks No. 2 in scoring (48.8 per game). The Cowboys produced 13.
OSU ranks No. 1 in passing offense, averaging 411.2 yards per game. Rudolph threw for 282.
Why Texas (3-4, 2-2 Big 12) lost: It wasn’t because of the defense. The Longhorns forced Oklahoma State into conservative mode. But they couldn’t take advantage of prime turnover opportunities — two dropped interceptions and two whiffs at fumble recoveries in the second half — and again couldn’t run the ball, even though they were working against the seventh-rated run defense in the Big 12. There were chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Texas just couldn’t put together a drive.
Why No. 10 Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1) won: At the very end, it came down to taking advantage of a freshman quarterback’s bad decision. Had Ehlinger thrown it away on that final play, Texas could’ve tied it up with a chip-shot field goal. The Cowboys had only one big play, Rudolph finished with less than 300 yards and there wasn’t a 100-yard receiver.
Next up: Texas plays at winless Baylor next Saturday, at 11 a.m. Oklahoma State is at No. 23 West Virginia.
The last five Texas-Oklahoma State games:
2013: No. 12 Oklahoma State, 38-13 (Austin)
2014: Texas, 28-7 (Stillwater)
2015: No. 24 Oklahoma State, 30-27 (Austin)
2016: Oklahoma State, 49-31 (Stillwater)
2017: No. 10 Oklahoma State, 13-10 (Austin)
1. Breckyn Hager had a season high for snaps and was the old disruptive force we got in 2016. He had two sacks, very nearly got a third, and lined up at both ends and even in the middle. He forced a fumble that OSU recovered for a 13-yard loss. He finished with 2 sacks and 1 hurry.
2. Michael Dickson: Eleven punts for an average of 50.9 yards. He uncorked monsters of 66, 63, 62, 58 and 55 yards, plus a pair of 53 yarders. And those are in-the-air punts, not balls that weren’t fielded and bounced for additional yards.
How big is Dickson’s leg? During warmups before the second half, he was lined up at the 30 — Oklahoma State’s 30 — to launch practice punts.
How big is Dickson’s leg, Part II? It has become news when he kicks one that’s only in the 40s.
3. Kudos to Holton Hill, who was charged with covering James Washington all day. Washington (4 catches for 32 yards) was a non-factor and Hill had a third-down pass breakup in the end zone early in the fourth quarter, forcing the OSU field goal that tied it 10-10.
4. Malik Jefferson had the hit of the day (on Justice Hill, on OSU’s first drive of the day) and one of the most important tackles of the day when he stopped Rudolph for a 1-yard gain on third-and-3 from UT’s 13; it forced a Cowboys field goal attempt that Matt Ammendola missed from 29 yards out, wide right.
5. Gary Johnson had his finest game yet as a Longhorn, with 8 tackles.
1. Ehlinger could have registered an 81-yard knockout punch of a touchdown to Devin Duvernay, but the freshman didn’t see the receiver breaking free on his side of the field while rolling out. Instead, Ehlinger threw incomplete to Collin Johnson on second-and-19. Texas ended up punting it to OSU with 7 minutes left and the game tied, 10-10.
2. P.J. Locke III missed out on two fumble recoveries, including one at UT’s 1 that would’ve avoided a short Cowboys field goal that tied it 10-10 early in the fourth. Brandon Jones missed a pick as well that would’ve given Texas the ball at OSU’s 20 with 1:10 left and the game still tied.
How it all went down
Oklahoma State 7, Texas 0. It took two drives for the Cowboys to heat up, but when they did, they showed why they’re the country’s No. 1 offense. Pinned at the 4 after a big Michael Dickson punt, OSU drove the length of the field in less than 3 minutes powered by six Mason Rudolph completions. Texas, meanwhile, mustered only 44 yards in the opening quarter to two Longhorns drives did get into OSU territory.
OSU: J.D. King 7-yard run (Matt Ammendola kick, 4:51)
Halftime — Texas 7, Oklahoma State 7. Texas received the benefit of the doubt on two key plays in the quarter. On Justice Hill’s fumble at the Texas 14, it was ruled that the running back’s knee did not hit the ground before the turnover. Two plays later, John Burt streaked down the sidelines for a 90-yard gain. Officials did not review if Burt stepped out of bounds, and Texas hustled to the line before Ehlinger hurried into the end zone on a short run.
Texas: Sam Ehlinger 2-yard run (Joshua Rowland kick, 13:59)
Texas 10, Oklahoma State 7. Texas was held to 59 yards in the quarter but did take its opening drive of the second half to OSU’s 4-yard line. Tom Herman has made clear how he hates 20-yard field goals but opted for one on fourth-and-goal from the 4. The Cowboys had only 15 offensive plays; one of them was a costly drop from Jalen McCleskey on what would’ve been a 46-yard touchdown.
Texas: Rowland 22-yard field goal (10:42)
End of regulation — Texas 10, Oklahoma State 10. The Longhorns missed out on a chance for an 81-yard touchdown when Ehlinger didn’t see Devin Duvernay breaking wide open on his side of the field. OSU had one big chunk play all day — a 66-yard pass to Marcell Ateman — and got to Texas’ 12, but missed a 29-yard field goal that would’ve made it 13-10. Neither team could mount a drive to take the lead in the final minutes.
OSU: Ammendola 19-yard field goal (12:31)
Final — Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10. The Cowboys settled for a short field goal, then won it on an interception in the end zone.
OSU: Ammendola 34-yard field goal
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