Game recaps, thoughts and what mattered in the Week 9 games of the Big 12 college football season?
Oklahoma State 38, Texas 35
What Happened: Oklahoma State jumped all over Texas for a 24-7 lead on two of the three Taylor Cornelius touchdown passes, and the first of his two touchdown runs. But Texas came roaring back, with Sam Ehlinger throwing two touchdown passes and ran for a score, but the Cowboys kept going on the scoring drives needed to stay ahead.
However, after Ehlingers’s fourth quarter touchdown pass to Andrew Beck, the Longhorns pulled within three. Cornelius marched OSU on a tough drive leading to his second scoring run to get up by ten. Texas scored late, but OSU ran out the clock.
What Mattered: Cornelius was maligned at times this season, and there was talk of possibly benching him, but he picked a great time to come up with a brilliant performance, completing 23-of-34 passes for 321 yards and three scores, and running for 23 yards and two touchdowns. It helped that Texas couldn’t stop Tylan Wallace, who caught ten passes for 222 yards and two scores.
– Ehlinger was good. He was under constant pressure – and he misfired on two many throws, but he kept the offense moving, completing 22-of-42 passes for 283 yards and two scores, and running for 47 yards and two touchdowns. The running game was taken away – the Longhorns had to try keeping up the pace.
– Texas simply couldn’t get Oklahoma State off the field. The Cowboys converted 10-of-20 third down tries and both fourth down chances. It controlled the clock for almost nine minutes more than the Longhorns.
Thoughts: And thus end the hope of Texas getting into the College Football Playoff. The Big 12 title is still there by winning out, but it’s going to take a big gut-check performance to find the defense again with West Virginia coming into Austin next week. The rest of the slate – at Texas Tech, Iowa State, at Kansas – isn’t that awful, but after having so many close calls, they need to make things easier early.
– The Oklahoma State offense has been there all season long – it just took a few games off against Texas Tech and Kansas State. With three of the last four games on the road – and a home date against West Virginia – this was massive to help the bowl hopes. Of course, OSU would like to think that’s a given, but with at Baylor, at Oklahoma, WVU and at TCU to finish, getting two wins would’ve been tough. Now the Cowboys just need one.