No. 6/7 Oklahoma State defeats No. 22/21 Longhorns, 38-26
Oct. 15, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas freshman running back Malcolm Brown ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and senior running back Foswhitt Whittaker returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but No. 6/7 Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) defeated the No. 22/21 Longhorns (4-2, 1-2 Big 12), 38-26 on Saturday at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium.
Brown averaged 7.1 yards on 19 carries, and Whittaker became the first Longhorn to return a kickoff for a touchdown in back-to-back games. Quarterback David Ash played from start-to-finish and completed 22 of 40 passes for 139 yards. Linebacker Keenan Robinson led the Texas defense with seven tackles (four solo), and defensive end Alex Okafor added one sack and an additional tackle-for-loss. Cornerback Carrington Byndom registered four pass breakups.
Texas held Oklahoma State to a three-and-out on its first possession, but the Cowboys struck on their second drive following an interception by linebacker Caleb Lavey. OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden hit wide receiver Josh Cooper for 37 yards to the Texas one-yard line, and running back Joseph Randle plunged into the end zone on the next play for a 7-0 OSU lead.
Texas advanced into OSU territory on its next possession but turned the ball over on downs at the Cowboys' 31. Neither team could cash in on their subsequent possessions, but the Horns capitalized upon an OSU special teams miscue.
Texas' Justin Tucker punted to the OSU 15, and the ball grazed the Cowboys' Andrae May before being recovered by UT linebacker Tevin Jackson. Texas made Oklahoma State pay on the very next play, as Brown scampered into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown that evened the score at seven.
Two possessions later, the Cowboys drove 63 yards on eight plays, as Weeden hit wide receiver Justin Blackmon for a 15-yard touchdown to give OSU a 14-7 lead with 8:34 remaining in the second quarter.
Texas advanced 51 yards on its ensuing drive and picked up a 34-yard field goal from Tucker to cut the Cowboys' lead to 14-10 with 3:09 left in the quarter. Whittaker carried 11 yards into OSU territory to the Cowboys' 48. Two plays later, Ash hit wide receiver Mike Davis for 10 yards to the OSU 35 before Ash carried for 23 yards to the Cowboys' 12-yard line. Tucker's field goal came three plays later.
Oklahoma State struck once more just before halftime. OSU's Jeremy Smith darted into the end zone on fourth and one from the UT 30 to stake the Cowboys' to a 21-10 cushion with 38 seconds remaining in the half.
OSU pushed its lead to 28-10 when Justin Gilbert took the third quarter's opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. However, UT's Whittaker returned the favor and took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown - his second kickoff return for a touchdown in as many weeks - to trim the OSU lead to 28-17.
Texas struck quickly after holding OSU scoreless on its next two possessions. Running back D.J. Monroe took a reverse for 21 yards to the OSU 39, and a pass interference call on OSU's May moved the ball to the Cowboys' 24-yard line. On the next play, Ash faked a throw and handed behind his back to Brown, who took off down the left sideline and tight-roped his way into the end zone for a touchdown. The play underwent video review and was upheld, as UT cut the OSU lead to 28-24.
OSU advanced 64 yards to the UT five on its next drive but was stopped on third and goal. Quinn Sharp connected on a 22-yard field goal to push the Oklahoma State lead to 31-24. OSU struck again on its next possession when Smith took a handoff 74 yards into the end zone to give the Cowboys a 38-24 lead with 4:14 remaining in the third quarter.
Texas nearly cut the OSU lead in half on its next possession, but on fourth and goal from the OSU 3, Whittaker hauled in a reception and went down inches shy of the goal line. Two plays later, however, OSU's Weeden dropped back in the pocket, stepped out of the back of the end zone and yielded a safety and two points to Texas.