The longest winning streak of Tom Herman’s short tenure as Texas head coach has come to an end. The No. 6-ranked Longhorns fell 38-35 to Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.
After falling behind 31-14 at halftime, Texas rallied to within a field goal twice in the fourth quarter. Once the game was in hand, some fireworks ensued with linebacker Breckyn Hagger getting into a scuffle and Herman exchanging words with Cowboys coach Mike Gundy.
Afterward, Herman addressed the assembled media, including American-Statesman reporters Brian Davis, Danny Davis and Cedric Golden. Here is some of what Herman had to say:
“There were times in this program where going down by 17 we probably would have checked it in. But we didn’t. And I was really, really proud of that. But we are not at a point where we can not play at our best and expect to win.
“That’s a really upset and dejected locker room, but they are very together. I love the fact that one loss hurts that bad. We have guys in tears.”
On why Texas opted for an onside kick instead of kicking deep with three timeouts:
“If you get it, then you have your timeouts to go on a two minute drive. Regardless, you’re going to have to stop them. We’re talking a 25-yard difference for the opportunity to recover the onside kick.”
On his exchange with Gundy near the end of the game:
“I thought Mike (Gundy) had come out and was having words with one of our players. I took exception to that. When I shook his hand he said he was just trying to make sure no fight ensued. I believe him. I saw it differently at first and I was going to go defend our guys.”
On the offside penalty Oklahoma State drew when lining up for a fake punt in the second quarter:
“The explanation I was given was that it was a legal shift and then our guy jumped offside.”
On what happened defensively in the first half that allowed Oklahoma State to get a fast start:
“What didn’t happen? We didn’t stop the run, which we’ve done so well around here for a year and a half. They had a good plan. They’ve got a good tailback. Obviously we underestimated the quarterback’s ability running the football.”
On recurring slow starts for Texas, particularly in away games:
“We’ve (started well) before. I thought we came out pretty strong against Kansas State. Certainly we’ve had some games at home where we’ve started well. There’s no doubt we’ve got to start better on offense.”
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