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Texas 28, Oklahoma State 7: Hello, bowl-eligibility

Posted November 15th, 2014

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ITS OVER.

Texas has beaten Oklahoma State, 28-7.

The Longhorns, who improve to 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12, are bowl-eligible. The Cowboys (5-5, 3-4) must beat either Baylor or Oklahoma to get there.

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It was Texas’ third straight win.

The Longhorns can thank a close-to complete night of dominance. Come Monday, when Charlie Strong likes to mention what specifically didn’t go right, all he’ll have to lean on will be point-after kicks, as William Russ couldn’t handle the snap on one and Nick Rose‘s kick was blocked on another.

There. So much for the negatives.

On to the positives:

(1) Texas is bowl-eligible. That’s big, in terms of program prestige, 15 extra practices, a postseason game, it helps with recruiting, and Strong, in his first season, needed it.

(2) It was the third straight win, making that shutout in Manhattan seem farther and farther away in the rearview.

(3) Tyrone Swoopes, coming off a couple of lackluster performances, had a good night. He was 24 of 33, threw for 300 yards for the third time this season, and didn’t commit a turnover.

(4) Johnathan Gray (16-81-1) and Malcolm Brown (15-31) keyed the running game. John Harris (9-117-1) again was solid for Texas, which got an unexpected lift from freshman receiver Armanti Foreman (2-74-1).

(5) Vance Bedford should be a happy man. His defense dominated throughout, holding Oklahoma State to less than 10 first downs, 200 total yards, and only one score. The Longhorns forced two turnovers, had three sacks, were outstanding on third downs and controlled the game.

(6) Speaking of third downs, Texas was as good (11 of 19) as Oklahoma State was bad (2 of 13).

How they scored …

First quarter, Texas: John Harris 19-yard TD catch from Tyrone Swoopes, 8:07 (Nick Rose’s PAT failed)
First quarter, Texas: Johnathan Gray 6-yard TD run, 2:33 (Rose kick)
Second quarter, Texas: Rose 51-yard field goal, 9:33
Second quarter, Texas: Rose 34-yard field goal, :43
Third quarter, Texas: Rose 44-yard field goal, 7:37
Fourth quarter, OSU: James Washington 8-yard TD catch from Daxx Garman (Grogan kick), 9:02
Fourth quarter, Texas: Armanti Foreman 45-yard TD catch from Swoopes (kick blocked), 4:31

Some final stats:

Total yards: Texas 430, OSU 192
First downs: Texas 24, OSU 9
Third-down conversions: Texas 11-19, OSU 2-13
Passing yards: Texas 305, OSU 158
Rushing yards: Texas 125, OSU 34
Turnovers: OSU 2, Texas 0
Penalties: Texas 6-49, OSU 5-70
Time of possession: Texas 38:37, OSU 20:08

Passing: Texas — Tyrone Swoopes 24-33-305, 2/0. OSU — Daxx Garman 17-29-158, 1/1

Rushing: Texas — Johnathan Gray 16-81-1, Malcolm Brown 15-31, Daje Johnson 2-16, Swoopes 8-(-3); OSU — Desmond Roland 5-21, Tyreek Hill 8-16, Rennie Childs 2-7, Garman 8-(-10)

Receiving: Texas — John Harris 9-117-1, Armanti Foreman 2-74-1, Gray 3-35, Jaxon Shipley 4-33, Jacorey Warrick 2-19, Marcus Johnson 1-17, Malcolm Brown 1-11, M.J. McFarland 1-4, Johnson 1-(-5); OSU — Kameron Doolittle 1-32, David Glidden 3-31, Blake Jarwin 2-29, Brandon Sheperd 2-28, James Washington 3-19-1, Marcell Ateman 1-10, Jhajuan Seales 2-5, Hill 1-4, Jeremy Seaton 1-2, Roland 1-(-2)

Texas’ final game of the regular season is Thanksgiving night, at home against TCU.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 4:31 left.

It’s Texas 28, Oklahoma State 7.

The Longhorns have iced this game thanks to a big play from Tyrone Swoopes, and are only a few minutes away from becoming bowl-eligible.

Texas, its lead cut to two touchdowns with 9 minutes left in the game, put together a much-needed scoring drive thanks to some clutch third downs.

The key play — a third-and-6 completion to Marcus Johnson — Johnson’s first catch of the game — over the middle with 7 minutes left.

A 7-yard loss on a flip to Malcolm Brown, however, placed Texas into a second-and-17 situation back at its own 49. Swoopes rolled to his right and hit John Harris on the sideline for 8 yards. On third-and-11, Swoopes, with great protection, hit Armani Foreman over the middle for a 45-yard touchdown pass.

It was a well-placed ball that allowed Foreman to run under.

Swoopes went over 300 passing yards for the game on the play. He was 4 for 4 for 92 yards on the drive.

Nick Rose‘s extra point attempt was blocked.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 9:02 left.

It’s Texas 22, Oklahoma State 7.

There goes the shutout in Stillwater.

The Cowboys have finally gotten on the board, an 8-yard touchdown pass from Daxx Garman to James Washington. It was a 10-play drive that went 61 yards.

Earlier updates …

THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 7:37 left.

It’s Texas 22, Oklahoma 0.

Nick Rose has kicked his third field goal of the night, a 44-yarder, to give the Longhorns a three-touchdown lead.

Tyrone Swoopes made a really nice third-down conversion facing a third-and-8, finding Armanti Foreman for a 29-yard completion down to OSU’s 30-yard line.

The Longhorns’ drive stalled, but on third-and-12, Swoopes made the field goal just a little bit easier with a 3-yard scramble.

Some updates:

Jaxon Shipley is out for the rest of the game. Texas is calling it a leg injury. Shipley appeared to have grabbed his quadriceps on his final play of the first half.

Foreman is returning kickoffs in Shipley’s place. He broke a big one to open the third quarter, but it was negated by a holding penalty. Quandre Diggs returned a punt.

Michael Davidson is handling punts for Texas. His first attempt went only 35 yards.

Texas’ first drive of the third quarter — and, don’t forget, third quarters have been one of the Longhorns’ most consistent problems all season — went three and out. Oklahoma State’s

Earlier updates …

IT’S HALFTIME.

Texas is shutting out Oklahoma State, 19-0.

The Longhorns added a 34-yard field goal from Nick Rose in the final minute of the first half.

So far, Rose has hit from 51, missed from 21, and hit from 34.

With two minutes left in the half and only one time out to work with, the Longhorns made quick work. Tyrone Swoopes hit John Harris for a first down. And another first down after that to go out of bounds and stop the clock at OSU’s 22.

Swoopes kept it on first down for 5 yards, getting out of bounds at the 17 with 59 seconds left. But the drive stalled from there with a couple of incompletions, and Rose came out for the field goal.

Texas missed out on going up 19-0 on the previous drive when Rose missed from 21 yards out; his kick bounced off the right upright.

That field goal try came right after Swoopes threw incomplete to Jaxon Shipley on third-and-goal; Shipley came down with Swoopes’ touch pass in the back corner of the end zone, but couldn’t control it before he went out of bounds.

Shipley hit a wall right off the end zone on the play, and appeared shaken up a bit as he headed to the sideline. He returned to later field a punt, but took himself out of Texas’ final drive and headed to the locker room early.

Hassan Ridgeway got Texas’ second sack of the night, a third-down takedown that forced an Oklahoma State punt on its final drive of the half. Jordan Hicks got the third, though Cedric Reed played a part by tripping quarterback Daxx Garman; Hicks ended the sack by falling on Garman.

This is the first time the Cowboys have been shut out in the first half since 2005, against Colorado.

Texas will get the ball to start the second half.

How they’ve scored …

First quarter: John Harris 19-yard TD catch from Tyrone Swoopes, 8:07 (Nick Rose’s PAT failed)
First quarter: Johnathan Gray 6-yard TD run, 2:33 (Rose kick)
Second quarter: Rose 51-yard field goal, 9:33
Second quarter: Rose 34-yard field goal, :43

Some first-half stats:

Total yards: Texas 263, OSU 51
First downs: Texas 17, OSU 2
Third-down conversions: Texas 7-10, OSU 0-5
Passing yards: Texas 149, OSU 61
Rushing yards: Texas 114, OSU -10
Turnovers: OSU 1, Texas 0
Penalties: Texas 2-20, OSU 3-40
Time of possession: Texas 21:16, OSU 8:44

Passing: Texas — Tyrone Swoopes 16-23-149, 1/0. OSU — Daxx Garman 6-10-61, 0/1

Rushing: Texas — Johnathan Gray 11-72-1, Malcolm Brown 7-31, Daje Johnson 2-16, Swoopes 3-(-5); OSU — Tyreek Hill 4-7, Desmond Roland 2-3, Garman 4-(-20)

Receiving: Texas — John Harris 5-63-1, Gray 3-35, Jaxon Shipley 4-33, Jacorey Warrick 2-19, M.J. McFarland 1-4, Johnson 1-(-5); OSU — David Glidden 1-25, Brandon Sheperd 1-21, Marcell Ateman 1-10, Jhajuan Seales 1-4, James Washington 1-3, Roland 1-(-2)

Earlier updates …

SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 9:33 left.

It’s Texas 16, Oklahoma State 0.

Nick Rose has just kicked a 51-yard field goal — the longest kick of his career — to pad the Longhorns’ lead in Stillwater.

Texas didn’t get the third touchdown in as many drives, but the 51-yarder did continue the momentum of this quick start.

This was Malcolm Brown‘s drive in the running back rotation; after Johnathan Gray starred on the previous drive, Brown converted a third-and-short, and broke two tackles for a 15-yard run.

John Harris also converted a third down, for the second straight drive. He had a nice catch on third-and-4 that set Texas up near the 20-yard line.

So far, the Longhorns have produced scoring drives of 57, 81 and 31 yards for two touchdowns and a field goal.

It was another victory for Texas’ defense on Oklahoma State’s third offensive series. Another punt.

First-quarter stats:

Texas had 138 total yards; OSU had 29. Swoopes was 7 of 8 for 85 yards and a touchdown; Daxx Garmon was 4 of 6 for 33 yards. Gray had four carries for 35 yards and a touchdown, Harris had two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Earlier updates …

FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 2:33 left.

It’s Texas 13, Oklahoma State 0.

It may be frigid in Stillwater, but the Longhorns are hot.

Johnathan Gray powered around the left side — thanks to an assist from lead blocker Alex De La Torre — for a 6-yard touchdown, and Texas is off to a quick two-touchdown lead.

The Longhorns are 4 of 4 on converting third downs. John Harris, who caught the earlier touchdown, had a nice grab on a slant pattern on third-and-6 to keep the drive alive near midfield.

Gray had a nice drive, with a 22-yard run and a 17-yard pass out of the backfield before scoring his seventh touchdown of the season. Daje Johnson also had a touch for the second straight drive. So far, he has two carries for 16 yards.

Texas’ defense, meanwhile, is off to a great start. The Longhorns have forced two straight three-and-outs, and have corralled OSU’s big playmaker, Tyreek Hill. So far, the Cowboys have run six plays for a total of minus-6 yards.

Earlier updates …

FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 8:07 left.

It’s Texas 6, Oklahoma State 0.

Through the first two drives of this game, you couldn’t ask for a much better start.

There was a sack and a forced punt on Oklahoma State’s first offensive series. And when Texas got the ball, more good news — a long drive that ended with points, a couple of completions by Tyrone Swoopes, an early Daje Johnson appearance, a third-and-short conversion, and a positive start for the offensive line, Malcolm Brown and Jaxon Shipley.

Swoopes has found John Harris in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass.

Swoopes is off to a 5-for-5 start.

Texas drove downfield efficiently, but Swoopes fumbled on a play-action first down. He recovered, but was sacked for an 11-yard loss that forced a second-and-21; Swoopes got 11 yards — what he lost on the fumble — on a quick hitch to Jacorey Warrick. And then he threw his touchdown to Harris on the next play.

Holder William Russ is already off to a bad game for the second week in a row. He fumbled the snap on the extra point, and the Longhorns couldn’t convert. Last week, he lost his punting duties after shanking a 23-yarder on his first attempt.

We don’t know yet who’ll be punting tonight. It’ll be either Russ or Michael Davidson, who nailed two punts inside the 5 last week.

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