OSU’s streak of eight consecutive bowl games, the best in school history, is in jeopardy of being broken. Gundy's team must win one of its final two games to keep the bowl streak alive.
OSU struggled offensively again Saturday night, as has been the case during the four-game losing streak. The Cowboys had one first down and 29 total yards while running only 10 plays in the first quarter. At halftime, they had only two first downs, minus-10 rushing yards and had run 20 plays for 51 yards, and trailed 19-0.
The third quarter stats showed the Cowboys offense with three first downs, 6 net rushing yards and only 69 total yards. They managed to finish with 192 total yards and nine first downs, including a fourth quarter drive which covered 61 yards and culminated with James Washington’s 8-yard catch and run for a touchdown.
"They are too physical for us up front. They manhandled us," Gundy said.
"Their front is really good right now, and it's not a good matchup for us. When you get whipped, you can't run the ball and you struggle in pass protection, it's really hard to kind of identify things.
"We tried to move the ball around with some different formations, but they were able to contain us. When that happens, it's kind of hard to explain, but you go from one extreme to the other, and we need some maturity. We need some strength, and we need some goes to grow up up front. When we get a little help there, it'll make us a better football team."
The time of possession favored Texas by more than 17 minutes (38:37 to 21:23).
Although the Washington touchdown with nine minutes left to play made it 22-7 (the Longhorns would soon add a game-clinching score), the Cowboys suffered a butt whipping similar to losses to TCU (42-9) and Kansas State (48-14) in the past month. Although this one did not come against the fifth-ranked Horned Frogs (9-1) or the 13th-ranked Wildcats (7-2) but against a Texas squad that was 5-5 entering the game.
OSU quarterback Daxx Garman was 17 of 29 passing for 158 yards with the touchdown to Washington and one interception, but he was sacked a season-high seven times by the Longhorns, including two by defensive tackle Malcolm Brown.
Senior Desmond Roland led the Cowboys with 21 rushing yards on five carries, while Tyreek Hill finished with 16 yards on eight carries.
“Nobody likes to lose,” Gundy said. “You’re talking about a group of guys and an organization that’s won a lot of football games. When you don’t play as well as you want to, nobody likes it.”
"I have a lot of confidence in where we're at. It's my responsibility to see who we are, see where we're at, get the guys to play hard and keep everybody together. So I have a pretty good feel fro most things that are going on.
"People would want you to panic, get upset and show frustration and anger, but I just don't believe in that."
The Cowboys travel to Waco, Texas to face Baylor next Saturday night.