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Escape From Austin

Escape From Austin

A game-winning field goal and a game-ending interception within 10 minutes of each other… Sounds like a great game, right? Not so much.

Oklahoma State was lucky to get out of Austin with a 13-10 win over the Longhorns. Don’t adjust your computer screen. That’s not a typo. The Cowboys really did win a game in which they only scored 13 points.

It looked early as if Oklahoma State was going to run away from the Horns. Already up 7-0, the offense was driving again looking to make it a two-touchdown lead. Instead, a Justice Hill fumble and poor tackling on the ensuing Texas drive left the game tied at seven. Similar to the game in Lubbock, OSU managed to turn a certain 14-0 lead in to a 7-7 tie.

That Texas touchdown, which came with 13:59 left in the 2nd quarter, was the last time either team would cross the goal line. The next 43:59 was filled with ugly offense, and stellar defense, from both sides. James Washington and Marcel Ateman each came in to yesterday’s game with four consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Texas made sure those streaks didn’t continue. Ateman led the team with 87 receiving yards. Washington only amassed 32, which fell 66 yards short of his previous season-low.

The bright spot for Oklahoma State was obviously the defense. Yesterday’s performance has to rank as one of the best on that side of ball in Gundy’s tenure in Stillwater. Texas finished with only 283 yards, and 90 of those came on one play.

Saying it wasn’t pretty is an understatement, but Oklahoma State escaped with a win. The question is whether yesterday was a function of Texas’ talent on defense, or a problem that will linger for the Cowboys.

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