Oklahoma State was victimized by questionable officiating and coaching decisions.
But even with everything going wrong, Ramon Richards came up with the Cowboys’ biggest play of the season to claim a 13-10 overtime victory over Texas.
It enabled the Cowboys to make history as the first team in history to claim five straight victories over the Longhorns in Austin.
1. Oklahoma State’s defense came up with its biggest performance of the season.
Richards’ interception put a cherry on top of a masterful defensive effort for the Cowboys.
Take away a 90-yard completion to John Burt in the first half, Oklahoma State’s defense limited Texas to 193 yards on 68. That is an average of less than 3 yards per play.
And it’s the biggest reason why the Cowboys’ Big 12 title hopes remain alive.
2. Mike Gundy was way too late on the trigger in calling for replays.
The Cowboys were victimized when Burt appeared to step out of bounds twice on a pivotal 90-yard reception that turned Saturday’s game around.
But Gundy’s lack of willingness to call a timeout before the next play allowed the Longhorns to run a play quickly. The result was a 2-yard TD run from Sam Ehlinger on the ensuing play.
One play didn’t ruin Oklahoma State’s hopes of winning. But it contributed to giving Texas momentum when it was about to be snuffed out.
3. Lack of a return game hurt Oklahoma State badly:
Jalen McClesky’s fumble woes last week against Baylor led to his removal from the return game this week.
Dillon Stoner was inserted in his place, but clearly didn’t have much confidence.
Texas punter Michael Dickson averaged 50.9 yards with 11 punts. And Stoner accounted for 14 yards on 3 returns with a 5-yard return his longest.
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