STILLWATER — Andre Sexton leaped around with joy and jubilation, full of excitement after making what he thought was a key fumble recovery in Oklahoma State’s Big 12 battle with Texas on Saturday night.
Then OSU’s senior linebacker looked at the official, and a general feeling of disbelief flowed throughout his body as Sexton realized the Longhorns would keep the ball.
Eight plays later, Texas scored with nine seconds left before halftime and catapulted itself to a 41-14 win over Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Sexton’s non-fumble was a huge momentum-changing play from which the Cowboys never seemed to recover as Texas ran away and hid from the Pokes in the second half.
"They (Texas) were able to go down and score,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "That was a big momentum swing.”
Sexton came in and stripped James Kirkendoll and appeared to have the ball before the Longhorn receiver’s forward momentum had been stopped, but the officials ruled Texas would maintain possession because the play was blown dead.
"I’m pretty sure they blew the whistle after I had possession of the ball,” Sexton said. "Someone stood him up, and I came in and stripped him outright and tried to run with the ball.”
On the next play, McCoy found John Chiles for a 16-yard completion on third-and-six. Then a few plays later, McCoy scrambled for 19 yards on third-and-eight to move the ball to the OSU 21. Three plays later, McCoy found Malcolm Williams for an 11-yard touchdown which gave the Longhorns a 24-7 halftime lead.
"It hurt a lot,” Sexton said of the momentum lost on his non-fumble recovery.