By Scott Wright
Houston had a 77-yard touchdown pass called back in the final two minutes of the half, then drove into field goal range, but had their second mishandled snap in a row.
OSU coaches appeared to be unhappy because the clock didn’t stop after the botched snap on a 51-yard field goal try with three seconds left. But the field goal try was on third down, so the play was the same as a run play. Houston simply would have snapped the ball and run out the final three seconds on fourth down, so it wouldn’t have mattered.
But it’s been a scary first half for the Cowboys. After a fast start, OSU cooled off considerably, then ended the half with a bang on the 39-yard TD pass to Dez Bryant.
Kendall Hunter’s 58-yard touchdown run on the first series was the longest of his career and Bryant’s 41-yard catch on the next series was his personal best.
OSU’s most success has come on the ground, so expect that to be the focus of the offense in the second half. Their only success through the air has been to Brandon Pettigrew over the middle, or any time they get Bryant in single coverage.
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