Posted by Tom Fornelli
OKLAHOMA STATE WON. Oklahoma State scored more points on Saturday than it ever had before in Texas Memorial Stadium, beating the Longhorns 38-26. It wasn't the most impressive performance of the season by the Oklahoma State offense, as the Cowboys only picked up 423 yards of offense, but they did rush for 201 yards and still put up those 38 points. The most startling statistic in this game may be the fact that Brandon Weeden threw for only 222 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Smith was the offensive star for the Cowboys, rushing for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 7 carries. Justin Blackmon caught Weeden's lone touchdown pass, and finished with 74 yards receiving.
WHY OKLAHOMA STATE WON. While it wasn't Oklahoma State's best day on offense, its worst days are better than a lot of other team's best ones. What really provided the difference in this one, however, was the Oklahoma State defense. Not that it didn't give up yards and points, because it did. The difference was that Oklahoma State's defense forced 3 turnovers from Texas quarterback David Ash, picking him off twice and forcing a fumble.
WHEN OKLAHOMA STATE WON. It was on that Ash fumble. Texas was down 38-26 in the fourth quarter with less than five minutes to go when Daytawion Lowe came on a safety blitz and jarred the ball loose from Ash while tackling him from behind.
WHAT OKLAHOMA STATE WON. The BCS rankings come out this weekend, and most projections had Oklahoma State ranked fourth coming into today's game. That's not likely to change, but this win also means that Oklahoma State still controls its own destiny. The three teams ahead of it are LSU and Alabama, who have to play each other, and Oklahoma, who Oklahoma State plays to end its season. So if the Cowboys win out, they're in a good position to be playing for a national title in January.
WHAT TEXAS LOST. The Longhorns are now 1-2 in the Big 12, two games behind both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and both of those schools hold a tiebreaker thanks to beating the Longhorns. So there's no way that the Longhorns are winning the Big 12 this season or going to a BCS bowl game. Still, even though the Longhorns lost, there has to be some optimism considering how much better the offense looked this week compared to last. It's still very young, and inconsistent because of it, but there are signs that the future could be bright.
THAT WAS CRAZY. The second half of this game started with 14 points in 12 seconds. Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff of the second half for an Oklahoma State touchdown, and on the ensuing kickoff Fozzy Whittaker returned the favor for Texas.