Kendall Hunter: Only a glimpse
Midway through the second quarter, Cowboys running back Kendall Hunter made his first appearance since the Houston game, a span of six games and seven weeks, due to a foot injury.
He immediately got the call, carrying for one yard.
Then he exited for good.
Hunter never returned, putting his availability once again in question.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said he left it up to Hunter and running backs coach Robert Gillespie.
"I'm guessing he didn't feel right," Gundy said of his running back. "It's a guess. He practiced a little more this week and he's further along.
"But obviously he's not ready to play."
A crowd of 58,516 filed into Boone Pickens Stadium, providing the largest single-game home attendance in program history.
This season has produced six of the top 11 crowds ever at OSU.
The bad news of Dez Bryant's extended suspension hit the Cowboys midweek.
While no one attached the news to Saturday's ragged play, they admitted disappointment.
"We were sad," said defensive end Nigel Nicholas. "He was with us all summer, working.
"But we had to put it behind us, hope he's still doing good. I know he still cares about the team. But we have to go on and play football. One man doesn't make the team."
Said Gundy: "I think they were shocked. Not necessarily the news, I just really don't think they thought they were going to take it from him the rest of the year."
Gundy said he had no expectations on what might come from their appeal to the NCAA. And he said he couldn't afford to invest much emotion into it.
"Not to lessen anything how we feel toward Dez, but we've only got a certain amount of time to prepare for the next game," Gundy said. "I don't have any say-so in the decision. "Any time I would spend thinking about it would probably be better time spent worrying on the next game."
Thunder star Kevin Durant might love Oklahoma City, but his heart remains in Texas.
Durant, who dragged Russell Westbrook and rookie James Harden along, showed up at Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday night, wearing orange.
For a kid from Maryland, that must have been one sweet year spent in Austin.
Halloween weekend was the one-year anniversary of Texas' 38-33 loss at Lubbock, a last-second defeat that ultimately derailed the Longhorns' national title hopes. Texas players and coaches took great satisfaction of putting that memory to rest Saturday night.
A year ago today in Lubbock, safety Blake Gideon dropped a sure interception that would have ended Texas Tech's last-ditch drive. Michael Crabtree then capped with a stunning last-second TD catch in front of Curtis Brown and Earl Thomas. Texas coach Mack Brown loved the poetic justice of that trio's interceptions against OSU.
"I thought it was very fitting tonight for them to be able to all three intercept balls," Brown said, "two of them for touchdowns, to be able to put that low thought to rest."