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Rapid reaction: Oklahoma State shuts down Texas 38-13 in Austin

by Erik Horne Published: November 16, 2013

Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert (4) returns an interception for a touchdown in front of UT's Mason Walters (72) and Kennedy Estelle (77) in the second quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert (4) returns an interception for a touchdown in front of UT's Mason Walters (72) and Kennedy Estelle (77) in the second quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Here are a few quick observations from Oklahoma State’s 38-13 win against Texas in Austin:

1. Commander in Chelf: J.W. Walsh was supposed to be the running quarterback, but Clint Chelf has shown off his legs the past few weeks. He showed off even more on Saturday, putting together an efficient performance on the road. Chelf played arguably his best games as a Cowboy, accounting for four touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) and 292 yards of offense (197 passing, 95 rushing).
2. The Cowboys Curtain: OSU’s defensive effort was outstanding again, highlighted by Justin Gilbert’s 43-yard interception return for a touchdown. Gilbert’s fifth pick (and second pick six) of the season gave the Cowboys a 28-10 lead going into the break. Texas drove 84 yards to start the third quarter, but Cowboys held the Longhorns to three points – their only points of the second half. OSU added two more interceptions in the second half, another from Gilbert, who has established himself again as one of the best defensive backs in the nation. Texas actually outgained the Cowboys 388-380, but OSU held Texas to its lowest point total of the season.
3. Texas can’t win: OSU broke up Texas’ six-game winning streak in a game in which the Longhorns couldn’t get a break. Leading 31-13 in the third quarter, OSU was docked for a personal foul on a face mask, seemingly giving the Longhorns a little life. What happened next? Caleb Lavey picked off Case McCoy, setting up the Cowboys with short field. Then Chelf found Charlie Moore for a 21-yard touchdown pass, even when it looked as if it wouldn’t count. The ruling on the field was Moore was forced out of bounds by the Texas’ defensive back when he came back onto the field to catch the dagger touchdown.
4. Still with everything to play for: The Cowboys’ win set up the monster game against Baylor next week. OSU welcomes the Bears to Stillwater win a chance to steal the Big 12 lead. Unbeaten Baylor sits alone at the top of the Big 12 after Texas’ stumble, and the Cowboys could be the top team in the conference in a week’s time.


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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