Cowboys Offense and Special Teams Leads Way to Win Over Longhorns

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Oklahoma State’s football team  blocked three extra points and despite being outgained in total yards, beat Texas  49-31 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater on Saturday, October 1.

The win ended an 8-game losing streak to Texas in Stillwater.

The Cowboys took the opening possession and marched 75 yards in 9 plays, with Justice Hill scoring on a 30-yard run around the left side to give OSU a 7-0 lead.

Hill had 135 yards rushing on 24 carries.

OSU’s second possession ended the same way, with Rudolph throwing over the middle to James Washington, who escaped the UT secondary and hit the left sideline for a 54-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 14-0 lead with 7:23 to play in the first quarter.

Texas’ offense got going on the ensuing possession, with Shane Buechele passing to Dorian Leonard for what appeared to be a 51-yard touchdown.

On replay review, it was determined Leonard was out of bounds at the 2-yard line, and Tyrone Swoopes scored on a 2-yard run on the next play to cut the Cowboys’ lead to 14-7 with 5:50 to play in the first quarter.

The Longhorns’ defense forced an OSU punt after three downs, then responded with another touchdown, as D’Onta Foreman went right through the middle on a 22-yard touchdown run to make it 14-13 Cowboys.

On the extra point attempt, Vincent Taylor blocked the kick, then picked up the loose ball and lateraled to Tre Flowers, who ran it back the remaining 65 yards for the 2 point safety and a 16-13 OSU lead with 1:25 to play in the first quarter.

The Longhorns used a power running game to take the lead early in the second quarter, with Swoopes scoring on a 12-yard touchdown run with 10:13 to play in the first half.

The extra point was blocked and UT led 19-16.

Oklahoma State responded with an 80-yard drive in 5 plays, with Mason Rudolph keeping on a 10-yard touchdown run to put the Pokes back on top 23-19 with 8:33 to play in the first half.

The Longhorns answered again, as Shane Buechele passed over the middle to a wide open Andrew Beck for a 39-yard touchdown.

Buechele was 21 of 33 for 239 yards passing and a touchdown.

For the third time in the first half, the Cowboys blocked the extra point, and the Texas lead was 25-23 with 6:31 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma State once again had an answer, as Rudolph found Jalen McCleskey wide open for a 36-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up 30-25 with 5:05 to play in the second quarter.

McCleskey had 4 catches for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns.

A 46-yard run by Chris Warren gave Texas a chance to answer, but Trent Domingue missed a 46-yard field goal wide left.

OSU wasn’t done yet late in the half.

Facing a 3rd and 10 from their own 48, the Cowboys scored again, as Rudolph found Jalen McCleskey for a 52-yard touchdown to extend the OSU lead to 37-25 with 31 seconds left before halftime.

Rudolph was 19 of 28 passing for 392 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The two teams combined for nearly 800 yards of total offense in the first half.

OSU had 392 and Texas 390.

Early in the 2nd half, Washington had to be taken to the lockerroom after being hit in the head on a tackle.

He was scheduled for concussion protocol and did not return.

Shortly after that, Jordan Sterns intercepted Buechele and returned it 14 yards to the Texas 1-yard line.

Two plays later, Barry J. Sanders plunged into the end zone to extend OSU’s lead to 43-25.

The Longhorns blocked the extra point, but the Cowboys’ lead was 18 with 5:11 to play in the third quarter.

Texas responded with a big play, as Foreman went 72 yards for a touchdown.

Foreman had 148 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns.

The Longhorns 2-point attempt failed and it was 43-31 with 4:08 to play in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Ben Grogan kicked a pair of field goals, from 26 and 27 yards, to extend OSU’s lead to 49-31.

The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense, with Texas gaining 568 and OSU 555.

OSU improves to 3-2 on the season, 1-1 in conference play.

Texas drops to 2-2, 0-1 in the Big 12.

The Cowboys host Iowa State next Saturday at 2:30, while the Longhorns face Oklahoma next Saturday at 11:00 am in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.





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