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Horns fall to Oklahoma State, 38-13

Posted November 16th, 2013

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IT’S OVER.

Oklahoma State has beaten Texas, 38-13.

Texas had a shot at making it more respectable, as the Longhorns drove down to inside the 10-yard line on their final drive, which was quarterbacked by Tyrone Swoopes. A timeout was called with 2 seconds left, but Swoopes was sacked on the final play.

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The loss drops the Longhorns to 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12.

Oklahoma State improves to 9-1 and 6-1.

Texas is off this coming week, but plays Texas Tech at home on Thanksgiving night, then ends the regular season at undefeated Baylor on Dec. 7.

Oklahoma State gets Baylor at home next Saturday, followed by Oklahoma at home on Dec. 7.

Why did Texas lose? The Horns’ defense looked lost up the middle, didn’t record a sack and failed to come up with the big plays that have become their calling card these last few games. Case McCoy, who threw a season-high three picks (and, actually, could have ended up with six interceptions today if you include OSU’s near picks), struggled. Special teams were not special at all. There were missed tackles. Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron ran hard, but Texas couldn’t mount scoring drives of substance.

Some game stats:

First downs: Texas had 25, OSU 21.

Total offense: Texas had 389 yards, OSU 380.

Turnovers: Texas had three — all interceptions — and OSU had one.

Rushing: OSU quarterback Clint Chelf had 95 yards and two TDs on 10 carries, and Desmond Roland had 59 yards on 19 carries. Malcolm Brown led Texas with 73 yards and a TD on 25 carries. Bergeron had 49 yards on 10 carries.

Passing: McCoy was 26 of 39 for 221 yards, no TDs and three picks. Chelf was 16 of 22 for 197 yards, 2 TDs, one pick and two rushing scores.

Receiving: Mike Davis had nine catches for 112 yards, Jaxon Shipley had 6 for 43 and Bergeron had 5 for 42. OSU’s Charlie Moore had 83 yards and a TD on six grabs.

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START OF THE FOURTH QUARTER.

Case McCoy has thrown his third interception of the day, this one on a long attempt downfield to Kendall Sanders that Justin Gilbert — who had the pick-six late in the second quarter — picked off.

Gilbert was shaken up on the play.

OSU, up by 25 points, will take over at its own 17-yard line.

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THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 1:54 left.

It’s Oklahoma State 38, Texas 13.

And this one, barring some sort of fourth-quarter miracle, looks like it’s going to end with an Oklahoma State victory.

Clint Chelf has just thrown a 21-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Moore.

Duke Thomas, who forced Moore out of bounds along the sideline on the route, was flagged for pass interference. Moore was able to get back onto the field of play and make the catch in the endzone.

The OSU scoring drive was set up by Case McCoy’s second interception of the game.

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THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 7:16 left.

It’s Oklahoma State 31, Texas 13.

The Cowboys have answered Texas’ field goal with a field goal of their own, a 39-yarder by Ben Grogan.

THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 11:18 left.

It’s Oklahoma State 28, Texas 13.

The Longhorns definitely could have used a touchdown to start the second half, but settled for a 27-yard field goal by Anthony Fera.

It’s Fera’s second field goal of the day.

The Longhorns looked shaky early on the 10-play, 84-yard drive, but got new life when Oklahoma State was flagged with a late hit on Mike Davis after an incomplete pass from Case McCoy on third-and-2 over the middle.

The big play of the drive, however, was a 41-yard pass from McCoy to Davis, who hauled in the sideline pass while being draped by OSU’s Justin Gilbert. Davis not only managed the catch with Gilbert all over him, but also maneuvered the sideline deftly to stay in bounds.

But the drive stalled once it got to the red zone. McCoy’s pass to Jaxon Shipley over the middle on third down fell incomplete at the 5.

Joe Bergeron appears to be OK. He’s back in the game.

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IT’S HALFTIME.

Oklahoma State leads Texas, 28-10.

What a calamitous ending to the first half for Texas.

There was the near Adrian Phillips interception in the end zone that became an Oklahoma State touchdown pass.

Then there was Case McCoy’s pick-six, just 57 second later.

Then, on the final play of the half, Joe Bergeron fumbled. And also was injured. Even as both teams departed for their locker rooms, Bergeron remained on the turf, shaken up. He walked off gingerly before the Texas band took the field.

The Longhorns have some halftime magic to weave.

Consider:

In the Mack Brown era, the Longhorns are 25-30 when they trail at halftime.

Texas haFsn’t beaten a ranked team at Royal-Memorial Stadium since 2008. That’s eight straight home losses to ranked teams.

And in the last four games between these teams, the road team has won.

Things to fix at halftime. Or at least worry about:

Oklahoma State’s having little problem running the ball on Texas, especially right up the middle. Not having Chris Whaley there at defensive tackle is having an effect.

Texas is missing tackles again on defense. And on special teams.

Mykkele Thompson has misplayed two OSU runs by taking bad angles on tackle attempts. Quandre Diggs got beaten badly on a pass route.

Texas doesn’t have a sack yet.

Bergeron may be hurt. Steve Edmond was shaked up as well, apparently his left shoulder. He returned to the game, though.

McCoy does not look sharp. OSU missed a shot at another pick-six in the first quarter.

There’s been no whiff of a big pass play. McCoy hasn’t even taken a shot downfield yet to Mike Davis, Jaxon Shipley or Marcus Johnson.

Some first-half stats:

First downs: OSU has 14, Texas 12.

Total yards: OSU has 252, Texas 189.

Turnovers: Both teams have won. Both interceptions.

Rushing: Clint Chelf has 75 yards on 7 carries, with two touchdowns, to lead OSU. Desmond Roland has 42 yards on 10 carries. For Texas, Malcolm Brown has 55 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries; Bergeron has six carries for 37 yards.

Passing: Chelf is 9 of 13 for 132 yards, with one touchdown and a pick. McCoy is 13 of 19 for 97 yards and the pick-six. He’s playing it safe today so far, with short routes.

Receiving: Charlie Moore, Jhajuan Seales, Roland and Tracy Moore each have two catches for OSU, all hovering between the 20- and 40-yard range. Davis has three catches for 35 yards to lead Texas.

The Longhorns will get the ball to start the second half.

We’re about six minutes away from kickoff.

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SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 18 seconds left.

It’s Oklahoma State 28, Texas 10.

The Cowboys have broken the game open late in the first half, scoring two touchdowns within one minute.

The latest: a 43-yard pick-six by Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert.

Case McCoy telegraphed a pass to Kendall Sanders along the sideline, and Gilbert picked it off.

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SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 1:15 left.

It’s Oklahoma State 21, Texas 10.

Oklahoma State turned a near disaster — what would have been a second interception thrown in the end zone — into a big play.

On a second-down play from Texas’ 8-yard line, Adrian Phillips nearly picked off Clint Chelf’s pass into the right corner of the end zone. The ball actually went through both of Phillps’ hands as he stretched to make the play; the ball instead softly landed into the hands of Tracy Moore, who caught the touchdown pass.

The big play on the drive: a third-and-10 conversion from Texas’ 43 when Chelf found Jhajuan Seales for 29 yards down to the Longhorns’ 14. Quandre Diggs bit on a fake during Seales’ route, and Seales was wide open along the left sideline.

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SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 3:39 left.

It’s Oklahoma State 14, Texas 10.

Was getting benched the best thing that could’ve happened to Joe Bergeron?

After costly fumbles against Iowa State and Oklahoma, Bergeron became Texas’ missing tailback in the Longhorns’ rotation against TCU and Kansas.

But Johnathan Gray’s season-ending injury has placed Bergeron back into the thick of things, and he’s responding.

He helped set up Texas’ first touchdown drive of the game, a much-needed score after falling behind by 11.

Bergeron had runs of 5, 6 and 4 yards to start the drive, then rattled off a big 21-yarder up the middle to move Texas to the OSU 39.

After the long run, Bergeron gave way to Malcolm Brown. Case McCoy worked a pair of passes to Mike Davis, including one for 11 yards, to get inside the red zone.

On a second-and 9 from the 12, Brown ran for 5 yards. On third-and-2 from the 7, Brown ran it in for the touchdown. Greg Daniels helped, sealing off a hole for Brown to get through.

Texas’ drive was 10 plays long, went 75 yards, and took 3:52 off the clock.

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SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 7:31 left.

It’s Oklahoma State 14, Texas 3.

The Cowboys have put some distance on the Longhorns, as quarterback Clint Chelf has scored his second touchdown of the game, this one from 4 yards out.

Oklahoma State didn’t have much field to cover; Texas’ previous drive started at its own 4-yard line — Daje Johnson fumbled an over-the-shoulder punt-return catch inside the 5 — and went backwards before eventually ending just beyond the 5.

A 37-yard punt from Anthony Fera set the Cowboys up at Texas’ 42.

It took Oklahoma State only five plays and 1:46 to score.

The big play was a 15-yard pass from Chelf to Charlie Moore to Texas’ 8; Jackson Jeffcoat was flagged for roughing the passer on the play, which set the Cowboys up at the 4-yard line.

Chelf scored two plays later.

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FIRST QUARTER

There’s 3:47 left.

It’s Oklahoma State 7, Texas 3.

Anthony Fera has kicked a 39-yard field goal.

Texas’ drive, which went 60 yards in 16 plays and took 5:18 off the clock, stalled just outside the 20-yard line on a couple of misfires between Case McCoy and his receivers.

The big play of the drive? On a third-and-7, McCoy dumped off to Joe Bergeron, who rumbled for a 14-yard gain and a first down inside OSU’s 40.

Two plays later, McCoy hit Kendall Sanders for an 11-yard catch and run to the right.

The drive may have stalled, but it did at least produce points and answered Oklahoma State’s touchdown. But it’s something we’ll need to watch moving forward; last week at West Virginia, the Texas offense failed to capitalize on four drives that started inside the Mountaineers’ 20-yard line — including two that started at WVU’s 7 — thanks to turnovers from the defense.

The Longhorns managed only one touchdown in those four drives, settling for field goals on the other three.

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FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 9:05 left.

It’s Oklahoma State xx, Texas 0.

Texas, after looking so good on Oklahoma State’s opening drive, had its share of bad plays and bad luck on the Cowboys’ seccond, and the Longhorns are trailing because of it.

OSU quarterback Clint Chelf has scored on an 81-yard quarterback draw, right up the heart of Texas’ defense. He ran right through the spot where Chris Whaley would have been, and the Longhorns’ defense was exposed up the middle — no linebackers were line up there.

The Cowboys’ drive was seven plays long, spanned 72 yards, and took up 2:02 off the clock.

The big play was Chelf’s Brett Favre-like desperation forward pitch to an upback for a 22-yard gain — on a play that easily could have been a big loss on a sack by Jackson Jeffcoat, who had Chelf all but wrapped up before the quarterback’s play.

Chelf’s touchdown run wasn’t the first carry that went straight up the middle on the Longhorns’ defense.

Three things of note from earlier in the game:

First, Texas passed its first defensive test. The Cowboys had a third-and-1 at midfield, and defensive tackle Malcom Brown — wearing Chris Whaley’s 96 today — stopped him for no gain.

Second, on the ensuing punt, it was Quandre Diggs, not Daje Johnson, lined up back to field it.

And third, the Cowboys started the game off with a 41-yard kickoff return by Justin Gilbert.

And yes, there were missed tackles.

EARLIER UPDATES …

FIVE MINUTES TO KICKOFF.

The stands are more full — Texas’ student section always is the last to show up — and the national anthem has been played.

We’re almost ready for kickoff.

A couple of quick updates:

Defensive tackle Malcom Brown will wear No. 96, not his usual No. 90, today. He’s honoring Chris Whaley, who was lost for the season in last week’s win at West Virginia.

And Kansas’ long Big 12 losing streak is over. The Jayhawks, who had dropped 27 straight conference games, have just beaten West Virginia in Lawrence, 31-19.

Kansas students are swarming the field. Head coach Charlie Weis has tears in his eyes.

Kansas hadn’t won a Big 12 game since November 2010.

EARLIER UPDATES …

TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES TO KICKOFF.

Texas and Oklahoma State are on the field, simply going through their pre-game stretches and warmups, and the stands here at Royal-Memorial are hardly full, but this already feels like a big game. Because it is.

The Longhorns, 7-2 after a 1-2 start, are atop the Big 12 standing at 6-0. Baylor, which plays Texas Tech tonight in Arlington, also is unblemished in conference.

Texas finishes with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Baylor.

Baylor finishes with Texas Tech, TCU and Texas.

Oklahoma State, 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12, ends with Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma.

Don’t expect to see Josh Stewart — OSU’s big-time receiver/returner — today. He was questionable all week, and we hear Stewart didn’t even make the trip.

It’s fairly windy today. We probably won’t see rain, but it’s definitely cloudy. The sun looks like it’s trying to make an appearance.

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