Cowboys Collapse

Whatever Mack Brown and the Texas coaching staff says to the Longhorns at halftime seems to work – at least when they are playing Oklahoma State. For the second consecutive year the Longhorns rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Cowboys. The sixth-ranked Longhorns outscored the 19th-ranked Cowboys 42-0 in the second half en route to a 56-35 comeback victory at Darrell K. Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin.

Oklahoma State was dominant throughout the first half. The Cowboys scored on five of six possessions in the first half to taking a commanding 35-7 lead against one of the nation's top defenses – the most points Texas had allowed in an entire game through the first eight games this season had been 21 points.

But the Longhorns drove the length of the field in the final 1:18 of the first half to score with just three seconds left to pull within 35-14. Texas then scored on six consecutive possessions in the second half, while the Longhorn defense shut down the Oklahoma State offense.

Oklahoma State, now 6-3, returns to action next Saturday when it host Baylor at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Cowboys – and not the Longhorns – looked like the sixth-ranked team in the nation throughout the first half.

Oklahoma State took a 7-0 lead on Julius Crosslin's 3-yard scoring run just three minutes after the opening kickoff. Texas drove the length of the field on its first possession to tie the game 7-7 on Cedric Benson's 7-yard run.

But the Cowboys answered with an impressive pass and catch by Donovan Woods to Vernand Morency. Woods hit Morency out in the flat and the junior tailback did all the rest, breaking a number of tackles and racing 68 yards for a Cowboy touchdown.

Morency's 13-yard scoring run early in the second quarter capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive to give the Cowboys a 21-7 lead. Two plays later, the OSU defense gave the Cowboy offense a golden scoring opportunity by intercepting Texas quarterback Vince Young's pass.

Young dropped back to pass from his own 20-yard line but OSU noseguard Clay Coe deflected the pass and linebacker Pagitte McGee intercepted the ball, returning it to the 20. On OSU's first play, Seymore Shaw went 19 yards up the middle to the 1-yard line. Donovan Woods scored on a quarterback sneak on the next play to give the Cowboys a 28-7 lead.

The Cowboys defense forced the Longhorns to punt from their own 36 minutes later.

OSU drove 71 yards – the big play being an incredible 46-yard completion from Donovan Woods to D'Juan Woods – with Seymore Shaw scoring from the 1-yard line to put the Cowboys up 35-7. But from that point on it was all Longhorns.

Cedric Benson scored four touchdowns in the second half, Ramonce Taylor had a 47-yard scoring run on a reverse and Vince Young finished the scoring with a 42-yard TD run.

A year ago, the Cowboys led the Longhorns 16-14 at halftime in Stillwater before Texas scored 41 consecutive points in the second half for a 55-16 victory. The Longhorns have now outscored the Cowboys 83-0 in the second half the past two seasons.

The Longhorns finished with 600 yards of total offense (322 rushing and 278 passing). Benson led the Longhorns with 141 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Young threw for a career-high 278 passing yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 123 yards and another TD.

Vernand Morency had a team-high 100 rushing yards, including the 13-yard TD run in the second quarter, on 20 carries. Donovan Woods was 12-of-18 passing for 223 yards and one TD.

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