Penalties, missed opportunities help Texas falter

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ARLINGTON (KXAN) — When the box score is close to even, as it was between Texas and Oklahoma, the easiest way to find the biggest difference in the 39-27 OU winning result—mistakes.

Texas made 13 of them for 128 yards. The Longhorns committed 13 penalties and they weren’t equal opportunity in terms of importance.

On the Sooners first drive of the game, Longhorns senior defensive back Kris Boyd got dinged for two facemask calls. The second grievance came after Texas safety Caden Sterns made a great play to intercept a third down Kyler Murray pass. 

The penalty wiped the pick off the board and OU got on the board with an Austin Seibert field goal.

It’s easy to second guess decisions after the fact. The Longhorns clock management at the end of the half is worthy of some second guessing.

After Collin Johnson was flagged for offensive pass interference, Texas faced a 2nd and 26 with 1:50 to go in the second quarter. With OU out of timeouts, Texas could’ve played conservative and essentially run out the rest of the clock. Instead, the Longhorns threw incomplete stopping the clock and giving OU the final drive of the half.

Oklahoma made quick work of the Texas defense but were aided in their drive by a Breckyn Hager facemask penalty that took the ball down to the Longhorns seven yard line.

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