It wasn’t always pretty and there were injuries along the way, but the Texas Longhorns won their Big 12 opener at home in a 36-30 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The Longhorns were trying to snap several streaks against the Pokes. The win was Texas’ first against Oklahoma State in five years and it was the program’s first home win against the Pokes since 2008, when Colt McCoy was still the team’s quarterback, and Sam Ehlinger had just turned ten years old.
However, this game got off to a slow start for Texas. Oklahoma State put three points on the board on the first drive of the game, but then each team punted before Texas got the ball back and put together a nine-play, 66-yard drive, ending with a 13-yard touchdown run by Keaontay Ingram.
Then, Texas took advantage of a redshirt freshman QB in Spencer Sanders playing in his toughest environment yet and Montrell Estell picked him off. That led to another Longhorns touchdown, as Sam Ehlinger found Jake Smith for 17 yards.
Oklahoma State then scored 10 unanswered, capped off by a Spencer Sanders touchdown run to trail 14-13 with three minutes left in the second quarter. However, the excitement before halftime wouldn’t end there. Ehlinger found Brennan Eagles four plays later for 73 yards and a touchdown and then after Oklahoma State punted, it recovered the punt after a muff by Jake Smith. With under a minute until halftime, Chuba Hubbard capped off a four-play, 15-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run and Oklahoma State trailed 21-20 heading into halftime.
In the second half, Oklahoma State took what would be its last lead of the game, starting off the third quarter with a field goal. But Texas would score 15-straight points, which was assisted by Oklahoma State passing up two field goals after going for it on a 4th and 1 from the Texas three-yard line and a 4th and 6 from the Texas 27.
Oklahoma State scored a touchdown with under two minutes remaining to cut the Texas lead to 36-30. Oklahoma State nearly recovered an onside kick, but Texas had the ball at midfield and a 29-yard run by Sam Ehlinger sealed the six-point win for the Longhorns in a 36-30 victory over the Cowboys.
The notable injury for Texas came in the second half when star safety Caden Sterns was carted off the field. Sam Ehlinger once again seemed to do it all for Texas, finishing with 281 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interceptions. He added 10 carries for 70 yards and told ABC after the game, “We knew this team was different [in its ability to snap the losing streak to Oklahoma State]. We knew that we were better than previous years and knew that if we played our best we could win. We didn’t necessarily play our best but we got a win.”
Keaontay Ingram turned in his best game of the season with 114 rushing yards for the Longhorns on 21 carries, for 5.4 yards per carry. Defensively, the Longhorns held stud Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace in check, with a relatively quiet five catches for 83 yards.
Texas enjoys a bye week before traveling to Morgantown to face West Virginia on October 5th. Oklahoma State heads home to welcome in Kansas State next Saturday.
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