Cowboys Corral Longhorns in Homecoming Upset

The Oklahoma State Cowboys picked up a 38-35 win over the Texas Longhorns on a special Homecoming Night which honored all-time great and former Heisman-winning running back Barry Sanders.

The Cowboys fully embraced the role of underdog as they got off to a hot start in the first quarter. The offense was moving early, and Taylor Cornelius hit Tylan Wallace on a 40-yard strike for a touchdown to put Oklahoma State on the board first just under two minutes into the game.

Texas was able to answer with a quick score of their own with a lot of help from penalties called on the Cowboys, but Sam Ehlinger ran it into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown to tie it up at 7-7.

Oklahoma State went right back at the Texas defense as Cornelius led the offense down the field easily. On 4th and 1, the Cowboys went for it, and Cornelius was able to find Jelani Woods for a 16-yard touchdown pass to retake the lead at 14-7.

The Longhorns were unable to find success on offense, and after punting the ball away, Cornelius and the Cowboys found themselves deep in Texas territory before being stopped and forced to kick a field goal, which Matt Ammendola nailed from 24 yards out, making it 17-7 to finish out the first quarter.

Texas had to punt a couple of more times, and Ammendola missed a 41-yard field goal before Cornelius was able to run it in to the end zone on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to extend the lead to 24-7. Sam Ehlinger would answer for Texas with a 1-yard touchdown run of his own to cut into the Cowboy lead and make it 24-14.

For the first time all game, Oklahoma State was forced to punt on the next possession, but the defense was able to hold the Longhorns, forcing them to punt as well. With a little over four minutes left in the half, the Cowboys went right to work to move the ball down the field. After several official play reviews and controversial rulings, Cornelius aired it out on another 4th & 1 situation, and this time it was Tylan Wallace who was able to go up and get the ball for a 36-yard touchdown giving Oklahoma State a 31-14 lead headed into the half.

The Longhorns started the second half with the ball, but a couple of punts from the Longhorn and a punt and a missed field goal from the Cowboys added no score to the game through the first 10 minutes or so of the period. Finally, with just a little over two minutes left in the third, the Longhorns were able to find the end zone as Ehlinger threw a 22-yard strike to Keaontay Ingram for a touchdown to make it 31-21 in favor of the Cowboys. Oklahoma State’s offense was unable to get anything going yet again, and they were forced to punt away to the Longhorns to end the third quarter.

With all the momentum on their side, Texas wasted no time as they marched down the field a little at a time before Ehlinger was able to find Andrew Beck for a 10-yard touchdown pass to cut into the deficit and make it 31-28 just a few minutes into the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys were unable to move the ball on the next possession, but a fantastic punt by Ammendola pinned the Longhorns on the one-yard line, and they were unable to move it all, setting Oklahoma State up with ideal field possession after the Texas punt.

Taylor Corneilus was finally able to get the Cowboys moving on offense, and with just under six minutes to play, he was able to march his way into the end zone for a 10-yard rushing touchdown, giving Oklahoma State a 38-28 lead.

The Longhorns knew they had to score to have a chance at it, and that’s exactly what they did. Ehlinger was able to make the necessary plays to get Texas in the position for Tre Watson to run it in to the end zone from one yard out to cut it to 38-35 with under two minutes left in the game.

Texas opted for an onside kick, which Dillon Stoner was able to recover at midfield. The Cowboys needed a single first down to keep Texas from getting the ball back, and on 3rd and 6, Cornelius did just what he needed to do as he kept the ball for a run for a first down. Oklahoma State would go victory formation to run out the clock, and the Cowboys were able to defeat the Longhorns in Stillwater for only the second time ever.


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