How it all happened Saturday night in Stillwater:
Oklahoma State 17, Texas 7. The Longhorns benched their starting cornerbacks for disciplinary reasons, instead starting a redshirt freshman and a true freshman. The Cowboys capitalized. OSU quarterback Taylor Cornelius, who has been drawing the ire of fans, was 9 of 12 for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sam Ehlinger seemed to show no wear or tear from that sprained shoulder, but Texas really had only one notable drive. The defense looked a step slow and couldn’t mount a pass rush in the opening quarter.
OSU: Tylan Wallace 40-yard pass from Cornelius (Matt Ammendola kick, 13:12)
Texas: Ehlinger 5-yard run (Cameron Dicker kick, 9:58)
OSU: Jelani Woods 17-yard pass from Cornelius (Ammendola kick, 6:43)
OSU: Ammendola 24-yard field goal, 3:59
Halftime: Oklahoma State 31, Texas 14. Cornelius followed up his two touchdowns in the first quarter with another pair of scores in the second, and the 17-point deficit tied the biggest hole Texas has faced this season. The first one didn’t work out so well, either — at Maryland. The Cowboys had a whopping 52 offensive snaps in the first half for 378 total yards, and they controlled the clock for 19:49. Boyd and Davis returned to action, but it didn’t make a difference. At least when it came to covering Wallace.
OSU: Cornelius 8-yard run (Ammendola kick, 10:15)
Texas: Ehlinger 1-yard run (Dicker kick, 8:48)
OSU: Wallace 36-yard pass from Cornelius (Ammendola kick, 1:17)
Oklahoma State 31, Texas 21. Down by 17, who yelled louder at halftime — Tom Herman or Todd Orlando? Maybe it was Mike Gundy. The Longhorns inched closer but the Cowboys did a good enough job working the clock to hold on to a 10-point lead. Things seemed to click on defense, though. Ammendola missed his second field goal of the night and the Longhorns pitched a defensive shutout. Ehlinger’s touchdown throw to Keontay Ingram was one of his two best throws of the night.
Texas: Ingram 22-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 2:15)
Final: Oklahoma State 38, Texas 35. Andrew Beck’s touchdown catch brought Texas to within 3 and seemed to turn things around, but it was a beautiful sideline grab by Lil’Jordan Humphrey that set it up. It was a close play but the Longhorns quickly moved to the next snap before a replay could be called. The play of the game, as it turned out, was a bad decision by Brandon Jones to field a deep OSU punt near the 5-yard line. Jones nearly was tackled for a safety, the offense went nowhere and it forced a punt from the end zone. That set OSU up in good field position and the Cowboys back up by 10 on a Cornelius keeper around the edge that had to be reviewed. B.J. Foster was in position to make a big goal line play like Kris Boyd did against USC, but couldn’t produce the stop.
Texas: Andrew Beck 10-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 11:47)
OSU: Cornelius 10-yard run (Ammendola kick, 5:44)
Texas: Tre Watson 1-yard run (Dicker kick, 1:46)
First downs: Oklahoma State 27, Texas 24
Rushes-yards: Oklahoma State 51-181, Texas 30-119
Passing: Oklahoma State 321, Texas 283
Comp-Att-Int: Oklahoma State 23-34-0, Texas 22-42-0
Return Yards: Oklahoma State 5-52, Texas 4-26
Punts-Avg.: Oklahoma State 4-45.0, Texas 7-43.7
Fumbles-Lost: Texas 1-0, Oklahoma State 1-0
Penalties-Yards: Oklahoma State 4-52, Texas 11-86
Time of Possession: Oklahoma State 34:28, Texas 25:32
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 22-42-283, 2/0. Oklahoma State — Cornelius 23-34-321, 3/0
RUSHING: Texas — Ingram 11-52, Ehllinger 10-47-2, Duvernay 1-10, Watson 5-6-1, Young 2-2, Humphrey 1-2; Oklahoma State — Hill 23-92, Hubbard 9-80, Cornelius 12-23-2, King 4-1
RECEIVING: Texas — C. Johnson 5-65, Humphrey 4-69, Beck 3-51-1, Duvernay 3-49, Ingram 3-20-1, Watson 3-20, Roach 1-(-1); Oklahoma State — Wallace 10-222-2, Stoner 4-33, Hill 3-14, wolf 2-23, Woods 1-16-1, B. Johnson 1-6, T. Johnson 1-6, Hubbard 1-1