The Magical Season Continues

Oklahoma State's magical season continued Saturday night. The Cowboys dominated from start to finish in all phases of the game en route to a 33-16 victory over the Longhorns for their first win in Austin, Texas since 1944. The victory means that when OSU meets Oklahoma in the Bedlam game the Saturday after Thanksgiving the Cowboys will be playing for a berth in the Big 12 title game.

The Cowboys improve to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12, while Texas saw its record fall to 4-6 and 2-5. The victory is the first for head coach Mike Gundy over Texas or Oklahoma after going 0-10 against those two schools the last five years.

"We moved the ball well early, except for a couple of field goals," said OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden, who threw for 409 yards and a touchdown. "It was nice to see the guys step up. They had a plan for (Justin) Blackmon and did a good job.

"Generally, we had a good night offensively. We moved the ball well. I was kinda disappointed in the fourth quarter that we weren't able to sustain those drives ... but overall I think we played well. That's a good (Texas) defense."

Oklahoma State scored on its first possession of the game – taking a 3-0 lead on Dan Bailey's 23-yard field goal – and never trailed in breaking a 12-game losing streak to the Longhorns. The Cowboys outscored the Longhorns 23-0 in the second quarter to take command of the game.

Jeremy Smith's 6-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter capped an 11-play, 57-yard drive to take a 9-3 lead after Bailey's extra-point kick was blocked. The Cowboys took over a few minutes later on their own 30 and two plays later Weeden threw a perfect pass to Justin Blackmon streaking down the sideline for a 67-yard pass and run for a touchdown.

"They played man-to-man on Blackmon ... and I flashed (the sign I was throwing it) to him and flashed him again to make sure he had it. I knew it was there. We were on the same page. Blackmon dropped one last week and I knew it wasn't going to happen twice. I could promise you that," Weeden said.

"The offensive line played excellent. I told them in the huddle before that last play, 'I'm so proud of you guys.' They battled their butts off and that's why this offense has success because of those big guys up front."

But the Cowboys still had more in store for Mack Brown's Longhorns. Kendall Hunter's 9-yard scoring run with 1:15 left in the half put OSU up 23-3. Then Cowboy cornerback Andrew McGee's interception of Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert gave the offense possession on the Longhorn 29-yard line to set up Bailey's 45-yard field goal to make it 26-3 at halftime.

Oklahoma State put the game out of reach, especially with the way Bill Young's defense was playing, with a 10-play, 72-yard drive in the third quarter. Kendall Hunter's 37-yard run after catching a screen pass gave the Cowboys a first-and-goal and the 1-yard line, and the senior running back scored on the next play to give his team a 33-3 lead.

Texas scored two fourth quarter touchdowns but it was never as close as the final score.

Weeden completed 29 of 43 passes for 409 yards and the one touchdown to Blackmon as the Cowboys rolled up 532 total yards against a Longhorn defense that was allowing just 267.3 yards per game (fifth in the nation).

Hunter ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns, and Blackmon caught nine passes for 145 yards.

Middle linebacker Orie Lemon led the Cowboys outstanding defensive effort with a team-best 13 tackles, including 10 solo stops, two tackles for losses, and a sack. Justin Gent and Brodrick Brown also had double figure tackles with 11 each.

"I love to watch good football and they played great football tonight," ABC-TV broadcaster Matt Millen told the Cowboy Radio Network in a postgame interview.

Oklahoma State travels to Kansas next Saturday to face the struggling Jayhawks (3-7 overall and 1-5 in the Big 12) for their final regular season road game.


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