Maybe much to the chagrin of everybody on the offensive side of the ball, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was satisfied to trade punts in the second half.
The theory being, that if Texas was going to run three plays and punt, Oklahoma State would do the same.
“If they want to run it and punt then I was willing to run it and punt,” Gundy said.
After all, the Cowboys had a 25-point lead. And, quite frankly, had already embarrassed Texas quite enough.
In fact, the Cowboys' 38-13 win was the largest defeat ever in Darrell K. Royal Texas Stadium in Mack Brown's 16 years. Not such a good omen for an embattled coach who has had four seasons of pratfalls against high-caliber opponents.
And, by winning at Texas as well as six straight Big 12 games, Oklahoma State has certainly turned itself into a high-caliber opponent.
“They won about every way you can win,” Brown said.
Oklahoma State was superior in the running game — 183 to 178 — passing game — Clint Chelf had an efficient 197 yards and two touchdowns to Case McCoy's three picks and 238 yards — and defensively — Oklahoma State limited Texas to 13 points, its lowest output at home since losing to TCU a year ago.
“We understand how big the game is,” Gundy said. “Very seldom do you go on the road and win by more than three touchdowns to a team that's undefeated in conference play in the middle of November.”
NOT SO MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Josh Stewart may be out with an ankle injury, but it was David Glidden's performance as a punt returner that nearly hamstrung the entire OSU team.
Glidden, who has shown reliable hands and solid sense in the past, misjudged two balls for the Cowboys. And while neither muff ultimately cost OSU there were a few tense seconds.
Glidden's first adventure came on the first punt return of the game as he allowed the ball to come into his upper chest and bounce right off it. The ball bounded out of bounds before Texas could grab it. In the third with the Cowboys up 18, Glidden muffed a punt inside the OSU 20. This time he was able to cover his error.
Charlie Moore was inserted to return punts in the fourth quarter.
Stewart injured his ankle against Kansas last week. The injury appeared to be of the week-to-week variety.
Texas coach Mack Brown was asked if OSU's receivers were the best he had ever seen. Brown was not quite ready to go that far with his hyperbole.
“Oh, I don't know,” he said. “I'm not into analyzing that tonight. They looked pretty good. We knew Tracy Moore was a good player. He's been a good player for a long time and he'll be a high draft choice.”
Moore had just two catches against the Longhorns for 23 yards. Charlie Moore did most of the damage with six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
TEXAS THREE STEP
With the win Oklahoma State has now beaten Texas in Austin three straight times. The Cowboys are the first opponent to win three straight in Austin since Colorado did it in 1990, 1994 and 1997. Oklahoma State, Colorado and Texas A&M are now the only three teams to beat Texas in Austin three straight times.
In addition to winning three straight in Austin, OSU is now 12-1 in its last 13 games in the state of Texas.
Senior cornerback Justin Gilbert injured his left shoulder making his second interception. Gundy refused to discuss the injury. Gilbert said it was just a shoulder injury. He did not appear to have a sling of any sort after the game. Gilbert also said he would be ready to play against Baylor.
NEWS AND NOTES
OSU is 9-1 for the third time in the last four seasons … OSU has now won six straight Big 12 games. It's only the second time in school history OSU has won six straight conference games … OSU is 8-3 in its last 11 against ranked opponents … The Cowboys have forced at least one turnover in the last 18 games.