Since the Big 12 formed in 1996, the Cowboys and Longhorns have squared off 19 times with UT holding the edge in record 15-4, winning 12 straight between 1998 and 2009. In those 19 games, there have been a handful of Texas plays that have defined the budding rivalry.
Here are our Top 5:
5: Bo Scaife’s touchdown catch in 2004. Scaife’s 5-yard grab and score at the end of the first half in 2004 squeaked into the endzone, but an important one in the game. The Longhorns had fallen behind 35-7 late in the second quarter. The score brought the Cowboys’ lead down to 21, and the Longhorns were the first to receive the ball in the second half. Texas put up 42 points in the second half to top Oklahoma State 56-35.
4: Curtis Brown and Earl Thomas pick off Zach Robinson’s passes and return for scores in 2009. During the #3 Longhorns’ 41-14 dismantling of the #13 Cowboys in Stillwater, four members of the Texas secondary snagged interceptions as Oklahoma State totaled five giveaways. Brown’s pick went 77 yards, and Thomas’ 31-yarder in the third quarter put away the game for good.
3: Ryan Bailey’s 40-yard field goal at the buzzer in 2007. Bailey’s last-second kick sent the Longhorns to a 38-35 victory over the #14-ranked Cowboys in Stillwater. Texas scored 24 unanswered points in the fourth-quarter to claw back from a 35-14 deficit, highlighted by 75-yard and 18-yard touchdown runs by Jamal Charles.
2: Major Applewhite to Roy Williams for 96 yards in 2000. Texas’ second longest passing touchdown in school history was the opening score in the third quarter in the Longhorns’ 42-7 home victory. Williams totaled 175 yards on 5 receptions on the night.
1: Vince Young’s 80-yard touchdown run in 2005. One of many key plays of the 2005 National Championship run, Young’s pump-fake and sprint down the right sideline opened up the scoring in the second half of the game in Stillwater. The Cowboys opened up to a 28-9 lead in the second quarter before Young led the Longhorns to 38 -consecutive points pushing UT to a 47-28 win.
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