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Cowboys Can’t Corral Longhorns in 36-30 Loss in Austin

Zachary Low

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys suffered a 36-30 loss at the hands of the Texas Longhorns in Austin on Saturday night. It was Oklahoma State’s first loss to Texas in Austin since 2008.

The Cowboys got on the scoreboard first as they were forced to kicked a field goal after getting down to the 4-yard line with a fresh set of downs. Oklahoma State would carry their 3-0 lead all the way to the second quarter, but the inability to find the end zone once in the red zone was just a sign of things to come.

After a defensive battle in the first quarter, both teams managed to put points on the board in the second. Texas was able to score two touchdowns in a short amount of time with the second one coming after an interception thrown by Spencer Sanders. Oklahoma State nearly answered with a touchdown of their own as they marched deep into Longhorn territory, but they were once again forced to kick a field goal to make it 14-6.

On the next possession, the Longhorns looked like they might march down the field once again, but the Cowboys were able to stuff Texas on 4th & 3 to take over with plenty of time left in the half. Oklahoma State took advantage of the momentum and quickly marched down the field before Sanders scampered in for a 7-yard touchdown run to make it 14-13.

Texas answered the Cowboy touchdown with one of their own as Sam Ehlinger hit Brennan Eagles for a 73-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 21-13, and with a little over two minutes left in the quarter, Oklahoma State desperately needed an answer. The Cowboy were unable to get a first down and were forced to punt, but after the Longhorns muffed the punt return, Oklahoma State was able to recover and take over on the Texas 15-yard line. A few plays later, Chuba Hubbard was able to run it in from the 1-yard line to trail the Longhorns 21-20 headed into halftime.

The Cowboy defense came out energized in the third quarter and forced Texas to punt, and the offense moved easily down the field deep into Longhorn territory. Once again, the red zone offense was not able to get it done, and Matt Ammendola knocked in his third field goal of the day to give the Cowboys the 23-21 lead. The lead didn’t last for long, though, as Sam Ehlinger threw another touchdown, this one a 25-yarder to Cade Brewer, to put Texas back on top 28-23.

Oklahoma State did not flinch, however, as Spencer Sanders was able to pick the Longhorn defense apart with both his arm and his legs. After just barely falling short of a first down, though, Mike Gundy made the call to go for it on 4th & 1 at the Texas 3-yard line. The Cowboys were unable to convert, and they walked away with nothing.

The Cowboys had a chance to right their previous wrong, though, as they intercepted Sam Ehlinger just a few plays later. Deep in Longhorn territory, Oklahoma State was unable to get a first down, and they appeared to line up for a field goal. They ran a fake, however, and it was unsuccessful, ending another unsuccessful possession.

Texas took advantage of the momentum this time, and they marched 73 yards down the field to score the go-ahead touchdown and a two-point conversion, giving the Longhorns the 36-23 lead with time running out.

Spencer Sanders threw his second interception of the day on the very next possession, and the game was essentially over as both teams punted for the next couple of possessions. On one of those punts, Texas muffed the return for the second time of the evening, and the Cowboys got the ball back at midfield.

It appeared as if Oklahoma State would squander another opportunity as a penalty on a blindside block set the Cowboys up for a 3rd & 10. Spencer Sanders went to work on the next play, though, as he scrambled from one side of the field to the other and then back again for a monster 33-yard gain down to the 13-yard line. 3 plays later, Chuba Hubbard was able to run it in for the touchdown to cut into the deficit and make it 36-30 with under 2 minutes left in the game.

With 1:37 remaining, the Cowboys attempted the onside kick, but just barely missed recovering it. Unable to get the stops necessary to get the ball back, Texas was able to kneel and run out the clock, giving the Longhorns the 36-30 victory in Austin.

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