AUSTIN, Texas — Jeremy Smith found himself touting not his big day, but the other guys in orange who struggled to find him.
“Texas' defense is too fast,” Smith said, shaking his head.
Not fast enough for him.
Smith provided two bolts Saturday, touchdown romps covering 30 and 74 yards, announcing himself as yet another playmaker in the Oklahoma State arsenal. And both runs were vital, providing points and a change of complexion in the Cowboys' 38-26 win.
With the Longhorns focused on containing Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, et al, in the passing game, OSU ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns, with Smith and Joseph Randle together averaging 8.7 per pop.
Smith's pops were like double-barreled blasts.
“Today was a game where they literally sold out to stop the pass,” Weeden said. “Those two backs kind of threw us on their shoulders and carried us.
“Jeremy had two really big ones that were a backbreaker.”
The Longhorns made no bones about their strategy. They bracketed Blackmon with regularity, even triple-covering him at times.
“You've got 81 (Blackmon) on one side and we have to double and it creates gaps,” said new Horns defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. “We were trying to do things to help with their passing game.
“We had a couple self-inflicted wounds.”
The first came with the Cowboys leading 14-10 and facing a fourth-and-1 at the Texas 30 late in the first half.
Deciding against a long field goal, OSU seemed to catch the Longhorns adjusting, and with an extra offensive lineman creating a jumbo package, blew open a massive hole in the middle that sprung Smith untouched.
“There was a little bit of a lull, it seemed,” said Cowboys offensive coordinator Todd Monken. “Did we get (the first down), did we not? And everybody was kind of standing around. And you know, you're also trying to decide if we're going to kick it. Is it close enough for a field goal? Do we go for it?
“It's like, ‘Screw it. Let's go.' The play was 4-23-10. We just ran it.”