OSU notebook: Where do the Cowboys fit in the national title hunt?

by John Helsley Published: October 15, 2011
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“When you think you have the better team and you open the second half and you return it, to put us up 18 points,” Gundy said, “if you just don't let them return it, you hold them one time, you probably score and the game's over. And we don't go through all these issues at the end of the game.”

Gundy said it had been a long time since he'd seen back-to-back kickoff returns for scores.

“Not since about the sixth grade,” he said.

HORNS STICK WITH ASH

Texas had been alternating quarterbacks since replacing Garrett Gilbert, using both Case McCoy and David Ash in games.

Against the Cowboys, Ash went the distance, to mixed results.

He finished 22-of-40 passing for 139 yards, with two interceptions and no touchdowns. He ran 15 times for a net of 21 yards, with his rushing total taking a hit with five sacks, one of which led to a lost fumble.

“He has gotten better and better each week and he needs an opportunity to play,” said Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin. “I thought he did a good job getting rid of the ball. The more opportunities he gets, the better he is going to get.”

BROWN IMPRESSED WITH WEEDEN

Weeden's passing day of 218 yards was a season low and tied his career low.

Still, he left an impression on the Longhorns.

“We kept him at bay some,” said Texas coach Mack Brown, “and then he'd come right back and just stick it. He's so good. He made some great throws. And those are not college throws. Those are pro throws.

“We'd have some guys covered, but he would just hit them.”

COWBOYS CLEAR BARRIER

Talk all week centered on how the Longhorns had never lost under Brown after the Oklahoma game, a 13-0 stretch.

That streak ended Saturday.

In this case, the Cowboys were favored. And while they used to have to have to count on things going right in the series, now they like to think they can count on winning if they just play well.

“We've got good players,” said OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken. “And that makes things a lot easier. Whatever was then was then. And whatever is now is now.

“That's why all that stuff about Mack Brown being 13-0 after OU… well he's got a different team. He's got a new staff. That's a fact. And we've got a different team and we've got a different staff.

“I don't know what it'll be next week, maybe they haven't lost three games in a row, I don't know. They'll come up with something.”

PUNT FIASCO HURTS OSU

In the first quarter, an OSU punt bounced off UT's Quandre Diggs and the Cowboys recovered. But officials ruled Diggs was blocked into the ball.

In the second quarter, a Texas punt bounced off OSU blocker Andrae May and the 'Horns recovered at the Cowboy 15-yard line. The play was upheld upon review, and Texas scored on the next play.

COWBOY MILESTONES

* Jeremy Smith's streak of 10 straight games with a rushing touchdown ties Terry Miller for the second-longest in OSU history. Barry Sanders had 15 in a row.

* Hubert Anyiam had 47 receiving yards, giving him 1,019 in his career. He is the 23rd Cowboy in history to reach 1,000 yards receiving.

* Gilbert's 100-yard kickoff return gives him two touchdowns this season on kickoff returns and four for his career, tying Perrish Cox's school record.

* Gilbert also had a career high 11 tackles,

* End Jamie Blatnick and tackle Nigel Nicholas each had four tackles for loss, the most by a Cowboy since Nathan Peterson had five against Baylor in 2007.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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