Cowboys Close Strong to Beat Texas in Austin

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Oklahoma State’s football team scored the final 19 points of the game to rally and beat Texas 32-24 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.

OSU outscored the Longhorns 16-0 in the fourth quarter and used big plays on both sides of the ball to come from 14 points down in the first half and end a two-game losing streak to Texas.

OSU running back Jaylen Warren had 193 yards on 33 carries to lead the Cowboys on offense.

Texas got the ball to start the game and marched 75 yards in 11 plays, with Keilan Robinson producing the big play on a 25-yard run.

That set up a one-yard touchdown run by Bijan Robinson and the Longhorns led 7-0 with 10:08 to play in the first quarter.

Both teams exchanged punts after three-and-out possessions, then OSU had their first productive possession.

After a horse collar penalty kept the drive alive, the Cowboys got a 14-yard run from Jaylen Warren, and a 20-yard pass from Spencer Sanders to Tay Martin.

Martin dropped what would have been a 4-yard touchdown pass from Sanders, and OSU had to settle for a 21-yard field goal from Tanner Brown to cut the Texas lead to 7-3 with 3:41 to play in the first quarter.

The Longhorns responded with a big offensive play, with Casey Thompson passing deep to Marcus Washington for a gain of 58 yards.

Texas had to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker and it was 10-3 Longhorns with 58 seconds to play in the first quarter.

The two teams then exchanged three straight punts after three-and-out possessions, then Texas added to their lead.

Bijan Robinson gained 26 yards on a run, setting up a 13-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Robinson to cap a four-play, 66-yard drive to make it 17-3 Longhorns with 8:36 to play in the second quarter.

Thompson was 15-for-27 for 179 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions.

The next two possessions produced interceptions.

Sanders was picked off by D’Shawn Jamison at the OSU 44-yard line.

Texas was not able to capitalize, however, as Thompson was intercepted by Jason Taylor, who returned it 85 yards for a touchdown to trim the Longhorns’ lead to 17-10 with 5:13 to play in the first half.

After forcing a Texas punt after a three down possession, OSU marched to a field goal by Brown from 39 yards out to cut the Longhorn lead to 17-13 with eight seconds to play in the second quarter.

OSU got the ball to start the second half, after an 18-yard pass from Sanders to Braden Cassity, the Cowboys had to punt after not being able to make another first down.

Texas marched 80 yards in just five plays on their first second half possession, with Bijan Robinson scoring on a 38-yard touchdown run to put the Horns up 24-13 with 11:43 to play in the third quarter.

Robinson had 135 yards rushing on 21 carries and had two touchdowns.

The two teams exchanged punts after three-and-out possessions, then OSU cut into the Texas lead.

Sanders passed to Dominic Richardson for a gain of 24 on a 3rd and 11, setting up a 21-yard field goal by Brown to make it 24-16 Texas with 4:49 to play in the third quarter.

The teams exchanged punts on three straight possessions, then OSU got their first offensive touchdown of the game, going 80 yards in 10 plays.

The big play on the drive was a 28-yard run by Jaylen Warren, setting up the touchdown on a 7-yard pass from Sanders to Brennan Presley.

Sanders was 19-32 for 178 yards passing.

OSU went for two points and the tie, but on a screen pass, Warren was tackled by Jaylan Ford short of the five-yard line and it was 24-22 Texas with 10:16 to play.

The Cowboy defense forced a three-and-out possession, highlighted by a sack of Thompson by Collin Oliver.

OSU’s offense then gave the Cowboys their first lead of the game.

Warren had a run for 20 yards to set up a 29-yard field goal by Brown to make it 25-24 Cowboys with 4:37 to play.

The Texas possession went nowhere.

After a gain of nine on first down, the Longhorns got no gain on a pass to Worthy on second down, Thompson lost two yards on third down, and on 4th and 3, Thompson was tackled for no gain at the Texas 42-yard line.

It took OSU just three plays to score, as Warren gained 29 yards on second down, then on the next play Sanders kept for a 10-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 32-24 lead with 2:18 to play.

Texas turned it over on the next series, as Tanner McCalister picked off Thompson at the Texas 45 and returned it 13 yards to the 32-yard line.

OSU ran out the clock for the win, their sixth in the last seven trips to Austin.

The Cowboys improve to 6-0 overall, 3-0 in Big 12 play.

OSU visits Iowa State next Saturday.

Texas falls to 4-3, 2-2 in conference play.

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