BLOG: Texas snaps the OSU streak with wild 36-30 win

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The No. 12 Longhorns snapped some streaks with Oklahoma State in Austin Saturday night.

The Cowboys completely controlled this series over the last decade with five straight wins in Austin and a four-game winning streak overall against the Longhorns.

Texas ended all of those streaks with a 36-30 win against the Cowboys starting Big 12 Conference play 1-0.

Injury News

Texas wide receiver Collin Johnson will be out for the second straight game with a hamstring injury, according to Texas football.

Redshirt freshman Malcolm Epps will likely start in Johnson’s place.

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First quarter, Oklahoma State possession

What happened: Oklahoma State received the ball first starting the game with up-tempo. After the Longhorns stuffed two Chuba Hubbard runs, the OSU offense got into rhythm.

Quarterback Spencer Sanders connected on a 20-yard pass on third down to Tylan Wallace. OSU had first & goal at the four-yard line, but the Texas defense tightened up holding Hubbard out of the end zone on third down. Kicker Matt Ammendola was correct on a 20-yard field goal to cap off the 13 plays 78 yard drive. Holding the Cowboys to a field goal is a definite win given how well Oklahoma State was moving the ball.

Score: 3-0 Oklahoma State leads

1st quarter, Texas possession

What happened: Oklahoma State didn’t want to let Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger beat them with his arm during the first drive. Longhorns running back Keaontay Ingram was featured often getting four carries and 16 yards. On third and four from their own 42, Ehlinger hit Devin Duvernay in the slot for a 13-yard gain and a first down.

On third and five from OSU’s 40 yard line, Ehlinger couldn’t find Duvernay for the first down. Ryan Bujcevski’s punt went into the end zone for a touchback,

AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys talks with head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns before the game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Score: Oklahoma State leads 3-0

1st quarter, Oklahoma State 2nd possession

What happened: Texas got the three-and-out they needed — thanks to a heady play by Texas safety Brandon Jones. On third and long at the Texas 23, Sanders avoided the Texas rush and had receiver Dillon Stoner open for a 40-yard gain down the sideline. Jones recovered quickly hitting Stoner at the point of the reception jarring the ball loose.

Score: Oklahoma State leads 3-0

1st quarter, Texas 2nd possession

What happened: Texas went to the ground to open the drive that started at their own 34-yard line. The Longhorns mixed and matched Ingram and Roschon Johnson well starting the series with seven straight runs. On the eighth play, Ehlinger hit Duvernay for a 12-yard reception down to the OSU six-yard line. The ninth play…a great corner of the end zone pass from Ehlinger to Duvernay for the touchdown.

Duvernay has all three Longhorns receptions for 31 yards. The drive lasted nine plays, 66 yards in 3:46

Score: Texas leads 7-3

2nd quarter, Oklahoma State 3rd possession

What happened: Freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders made a freshman mistake overthrowing a receiver on second down. The ball dropped straight into Texas defensive back Montrell Estell’s arms for an interception. Estell returned the ball to the Oklahoma State 28-yard line. This is Estell’s first interception as a Longhorn.

Score: Texas leads 7-3

2nd quarter, Texas 3rd possession

What happened: With the sudden change of possession, the Longhorns acted quickly against OSU’s defense. Freshman receiver Jake Smith started the three-play possession with an eight-yard run on a reverse and he ended with a 17-yard reception for a touchdown.

It’s Smith’s fourth touchdown in four games as a Longhorn.

Score: Texas leads 14-3

2nd quarter, Oklahoma St 4th possession

What happened: Sparked by a 35-yard pitch and catch between Sanders and Wallace. Oklahoma State moved quickly into Texas territory. The Longhorns’ defense created a negative play on first down at the 24-yard line. On third down, Texas tackled Hubbard for a four-yard loss. Ammendola hit a 43-yard field goal.

Score: Texas leads 14-6

2nd quarter, Texas 4th possession

What happened: A great drive can be marred by one bad play. Texas opted to go for it on fourth down and three from OSU’s 28-yard line. The Longhorns called an inside zone run against a stacked OSU box and lost two yards turning the ball over on downs to the Cowboys.

Score: Texas leads 14-6

AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Spencer Sanders #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys avoids pressure by Keondre Coburn #99 of the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

2nd quarter, Oklahoma State 5th possession

What happened: Have we mentioned that Oklahoma State’s offense is explosive. Braydon Johnson caught a 55-yard pass from Sanders with pretty good coverage from Chris Brown taking OSU down to the three-yard line. Sanders avoided several tacklers on third and goal from the seven to score the touchdown.

Score: Texas leads 14-13

2nd quarter, Texas 5th possession

What happened: Texas can hit the explosive plays every once in a while, as well. Ehlinger threw a great ball to Brennan Eagles who was streaking down the sideline for a 73-yard touchdown. Those are the plays that Texas was missing last year. Eagles scored his fourth touchdown of the season.

Score: Texas leads 21-13

2nd quarter, Oklahoma State 6th possession

What happened: Bad time for a bad mistake from Texas freshman Jake Smith. After stopping Oklahoma State near midfield with 50 seconds remaining in the half, Smith botched the OSU punt and muffing the catch. Oklahoma State recovered the ball at the Texas 15-yard line.

With new life, Oklahoma State used four plays to get Chuba Hubbard in the end zone on a one-yard run. That’s a big mistake at the end half, and it appears to have given Oklahoma State some momentum. Let’s see how Texas responds in the second half.

Halftime score: Texas leads 21-20

NOTE: Longhorns defensive back Jalen Green (shoulder) will not return to the game.

3rd quarter, Oklahoma State 7th possession

What happened: The Cowboys took back the lead for the first time since the first quarter on a 11-play, 74 yard drive capped off by an Ammendola 26-yard field goal. The Cowboys are finding opportunities against the Longhorns’ rushing defense picking up 48 yards between Hubbard and Sanders during the drive.

AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: Chuba Hubbard #30 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys is stopped short of the goal line by Chris Brown #15 of the Texas Longhorns and Montrell Estell #39 in the second quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Score: Oklahoma State leads 23-21

3rd quarter, Texas 7th possession

What happened: We saw the first bit of razzle-dazzle from the Longhorns offense in the 2019 season. The Longhorns have taken the lead back from OSU with a double-reverse pass from Ehlinger to Texas tight end Cade Brewer. The play started with a hand off to Ingram to the left, he pitched it to Jake Smith going right, Smith pitched it back to Ehlinger. Brewer was open down the left sideline for a 25-yard touchdown.

Score: Texas leads 28-23

3rd quarter, Oklahoma State 8th possession

What happened: The Texas defense stood strong in the red zone completely flipping momentum to the Longhorns side. Chuba Hubbard was stuffed on fourth and one from the three-yard line. OSU turned it over on downs and Texas preserved its 28-23 lead.

Score: Texas leads 28-23

3rd quarter, Texas 8th possession

What happened: It finally happened in the fourth game of the season. Sam Ehlinger threw his first interception of the season. It came off a deflection on an attempted pass to Malcolm Epps. OSU returned the ball back to Texas’ 32-yard line — OSU is back in scoring position.

End of 3rd quarter: Texas leads 28-23

4th quarter, Oklahoma State’s 9th possession

What happened: The Longhorns’ defense has given up nearly 400 yards of offense to OSU, but they’ve held strong twice in the second half. Put in a difficult situation after the Ehlinger turnover, the defense stopped OSU at the 22-yard line on third down. The Cowboys set up for a field goal, but attempted the fake with a shovel pass that went nowhere. Another turnover on downs.

Score: Texas leads 28-23

4th quarter, Texas 9th possession

What happened: The Longhorns grabbed the momentum and actually held on to it. Ehlinger guided a six-play, 73 yard drive highlighted by a powerful 26-yard run by Keaontay Ingram. Roschon Johnson scored on a two yard run with 11:44 to go in the game. Ehlinger also hit Johnson in the right flat for a two-point conversion for a 13-point Longhorns lead.

Score: Texas leads 36-23

4th quarter, Oklahoma State 10th possession

What happened: Longhorns defensive back Chris Brown got his first inerception of the season with help from some great pressure from defensive tackle Keondre Coburn. Coburn hit Sanders’ arm on a pass causing the ball to flutter. Brown was in the right place to make the interception.

Score: Texas leads 36-23

4th quarter, Oklahoma State 12th possession

What happened: This was essentially Oklahoma State’s last stand. Texas tried to help the Cowboys out when Brandon Jones muffed a punt near midfield giving the ball back to Oklahoma State. Spencer Sanders is going to be a great quarterback in the Big 12 when his career is all done. He scrambled for a 39-yard gain on third down keeping OSU’s hopes alive. Chuba Hubbard ran it in 13 yards for the Cowboys touchdown making it a one-score game.

Score: Texas leads 36-30

On third and 10, the Longhorns needed a play to ice the game. Sam Ehlinger delivered with a 30-yard run for the 36-30 victory.

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