STILL WATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State ripped Texas playoff dreams Saturday.
With the demolition of Longhorn’s defense during the road.
After fighting offensive during much of the season, the Oklahoma state exploded for 260m in the first quarter alone, the second largest area Texas had given up in a quarter in the past 15 years, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Cowboys never looked back from there and built a 17-point lead in half-time before putting on a 38-35 upset victory.
“First Half, Defensively” said Texas coach Tom Herman after the match: “I never thought we should see it.”
Few others did either.
The same Texas defense that eliminated USC’s driving game, closed the Kansas State for a half and controlled Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, at least three quarters, had few answers to the Cowboys, who at Barry Sanders Night released an unexpected offensive image fitting their 1
988 Heisman Trophy w inner.
Jake Fromm played for Georgia, and Wake Forest’s Matt Colburn gave Louisville a lesson.
There are 13 unanswered or one-loss teams left in college football. How the playoff committee seeds them all will set the tone for next month.
To get in the breath, Minnesota went out of mascot and team created a spooky unified disclosure. Even a visiting coach bought a Runza on the sidelines during a Nebraska game.
After receiving only 311 meters the entire match at K-state, the pointers set 31 points, 378 meters and 19 first downs of a huge 53 players in the first half against Texas.
The Longhorns could not cover wideout Tylan Wallace, who was about to finish with a career 222 receiving lap outmaneuvered Texas defensive backs for a series of jump
The Longhorns also could not cross the backs of Justice Hill and Chuba Hubbard, who danced to 172 rushing yards combined.
And Texas could not have put down quarterback Taylor Cornelius, who in addition to passing for three touchdowns lumbered to a couple of rushing points.
“What did not happen?” said Herman when he asked what happened to his defense in the first half. “We did not stop driving, as we did so well here. When the ball was in the air we did not play it properly – wrong balls, took bad angles. And their guys made gigs.”
The Texas defense finally finished halfway, giving quarterback Sam Ehlinger the opportunity to ignite a comeback. And after failing to generate any rhythm in the first half, Ehlinger started late in the third quarter and threw a couple of touchdowns to take Texas into a field goal. But again, when Longhorn desperately needed a critical defensive stop to give Ehlinger another chance, they could not get one.
On the third and final goal of the 10 with six minutes left, Cornelius kept the ball in a zone read, broke through an attempt attempt by Texas freshman safety BJ Foster, then barreled over the pylon to put Pokes back up with two points. Cornelius would later finish the game on another third-down painter for the game to click first down.
“Quarterly did a phenomenal job to keep it,” said Herman. “We obviously underestimated his ability to drive the ball.”
Texas does not judge anyone better if it plans to play in the Big 12 championship. Certainly, Texas Oklahoma dominated this year, most of the time. The Longhorns also skate in narrow win over Tulsa, K State and Baylor – a fact is overshadowed by Texas’s Red River performance. Herman acknowledged so much Saturday.
“We are not at one point in our program where we can not live our best,” he said. “Especially on the road, especially against a really good football team and expect to win.”
That’s what Texas faces the next in West Virginia, who boasts perhaps even better complementary offensive skills talent than Oklahoma State, to accompany one of the country’s top-performing quarterbacks in Will Grier.
“Our long-term goals are still ahead of us,” said Herman, omitting the Texas playoff jumps to have been extinguished. “In November, we are in violation of the Big 12 title.”
Alone has already made this the best Texas season of post-Mack Brown time.
But to remain in the Big 12 title in Herman the second year, Longhorns will need his defense to appear. After not appearing in Stillwater.