STILLWATER — Boone Pickens Stadium turned into a House of Horrors on Halloween night for the No. 14-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The Cowboys' pistols misfired early and often in their 41-14 loss to No. 3 Texas on Saturday night.
On OSU's first drive, the Cowboys drove down the field but sputtered at the Longhorn 27-yard line. Then Dan Bailey missed a 45-yard field goal. It was a 14-play, 54-yard march that ended with nothing to show for it.
It was a scary omen for the rest of the night as the Cowboys.
After commiting one turnover in its three previous Big 12 games, OSU turned it over five times to Texas. Four came on Zac Robinson interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
Curtis Brown's 77-yard interception return in the middle of the second quarter was critical as the Cowboys were driving and looking to cut the Texas lead. After Brown's pick six that lead was 17-0.
"They've got some speed and a lot of guys that are good players," coach Mike Gundy said. "And they made some plays tonight."
Robinson was 15 of 28 passing, hurting himself by trying to make some plays that weren't there. But OSU's receivers weren't much help either. Hubert Anyiam dropped a touchdown pass in the first quarter and gave Texas a short field for its first scoring drive with a fumble near midfield.
The defense was solid early in the game, holding Texas to three first-quarter points. But Texas took a 24-7 lead to halftime, fueled by two disputed calls. The first nullified what appeared to be a fumble recovery deep in Texas territory by OSU linebacker Andre Sexton gave new life to Texas' half-ending drive. The second, a personal foul on defensive end Nigel Nicholas against quarterback Colt McCoy, came one play before McCoy's TD pass to Malcolm Williams with 0:09 left.
The momentum had slipped, and the Pokes never recovered.
"Your room for error against a team like this is very thin," Gundy said. "We talked at halftime and we were really moving the ball OK, we were just turning it over. It's very difficult to win games against quality teams when you turn the ball over."