In the sort-term, today’s game in Stillwater might be best remembered for its four blocked extra points (three against the Longhorns and one against the Cowboys). But in the long term, the 49-31 victory might be better known as the turning point in Oklahoma State’s season.
The Cowboys played their most complete offense of the season, and took advantage of some bad tackling from Texas to put up big numbers. Quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 19 passes to 7 different receivers. Four of them went to Jalen McCleskey, who had 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The running game also got going. Justice Hill scampered for 135 yards on the ground.
The Cowboys defense continued to show some signs of weakness. Freshman quarterback Shane Buechele impressed, completing 21 of 33 passes for 239 yards, but he telegraphed a 3rd quarter interception to senior Jordan Sterns. The mistake set the Cowboys offense up just two yards from the Texas end zone, and Barry J. Sanders scored his first touchdown of season two plays later.
This is the first time Oklahoma State has beat Texas in Stillwater since 1997.
The win helped the Cowboys avoid a disappointing 0-2 start, in the Big 12 (and 2-3 overall). The next three weeks they’ll play host to Iowa State, have a bye week, and then travel to Kansas on October 22.