Vote for Texas' 'Game Changing Performance' vs. Oklahoma State
For the second consecutive week, Texas junior RB Jamaal Charles and the offense have earned a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination. In the Longhorns' 38-35 comeback win over Oklahoma State, Charles rushed for 180 yards on 16 carries (11.2 ypc), highlighted by a 75-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter that capped a 99-yard drive and cut a 21-point fourth quarter deficit to seven with 7:30 to go. The play was one of three rushing TDs on the day for Charles, including an 18-yard score on the previous possession to start the rally, and a 22-yard TD yard run early in the second quarter for Texas' first score.
The 21-point comeback is tied for the second-largest comeback in UT history with its 21-point comeback at Texas Tech in 2006. A 28-point comeback against Oklahoma State in 2004 is the largest. The Longhorns also rallied to win from 19 points down in their last trip to Stillwater in 2005.
In the fourth quarter alone, Charles rushed for 125 yards (17.9 ypc) and two TDs on seven carries. Over the last two games, Charles has rushed for 470 yards and six TDs on 49 carries (9.6 ypc). He's had three TDs in each of the last two games, marking the first time since Ricky Williams in 1998 that a UT player has run for at least three TDs in consecutive games. On those six TDs, he's averaged 44.3 yards per run.
Most impressive during the last two games have been Charles' fourth-quarter exploits. In those final periods, Charles has rushed for 341 yards and five TDs on 20 carries (17.1 ypc) to sparked comebacks in both wins.
Charles won the Pontiac Game Changing Performance last week and was named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week and AT&T All-America Player of the Week after setting career highs with 290 yards on 33 carries and scoring three TDs in a 28-25 victory over Nebraska. This week's performance by Charles and the offense earned Texas its third overall Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination of the season.