Longhorns Pull Away From Cowboys

The Texas Longhorns figured out a way to slow down the high-scoring Oklahoma State offense by keeping it off the field Saturday night. The fourth-ranked Longhorns only allowed the Cowboys 49 plays – and a season-low 203 total yards – as they won their 21st consecutive Big 12 Conference game with a 36-10 win at Darrell Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin.

Oklahoma State, now 5-4, was hoping to get its sixth win of the season and become bowl eligible. The Cowboys will now attempt to get that sixth victory when they host the Baylor Bears at Boone Pickens Stadium next Saturday, Nov. 11. Texas improved to 9-1 with the win.

The Longhorns proved why they are the favorites to win the Big 12 South by controlling the ball and keeping Bobby Reid, Adarius Bowman, D'Juan Woods, Mike Hamilton and the rest of the Cowboy off the field. The Longhorns ran 74 plays; OSU just 49. Texas had the ball for more than 38 minutes; the Cowboys less than 21 minutes. UT rolled up 510 yards of total offense; OSU just 203 (less than 200 yards below its average of 431 yards per game).

The Cowboy defense held the Longhorns on their first offensive possession of the game but the Longhorns next seven times with the ball went as follows:

* 12-play, 66-yard drive which ended with a field goal;

* 12-play, 88-yard drive culminating with Colt McCoy's 13-yard touchdown pass to Nate Jones;

* 1-play, 28-yard drive which ended with a touchdown pass from McCoy to Billy Pittman after recovering Grant Jones' fumble on the kickoff;

* 3-play drive which ended when Andre Sexton recovered a Texas fumble;
* 9-play, 86-yard drive which culminated with a field goal to give the Longhorns a 20-3 halftime lead;

* 11-play, 78-yard drive to open the second half with UT kicking its third field goal of the night;

* 12-play, 80-yard drive which was kept alive with a roughing the punter penalty on the Cowboys which ended with McCoy throwing his third TD of the game.

McCoy, the Longhorns' redshirt freshman quarterback, was impressive on a record-setting night. He completed 23 of 29 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns. His three scoring passes gives him 27 for the season which sets a UT single-season record.

OSU's only points of the night came via special teams – a Jason Ricks 24-yard field goal in the second quarter which allowed the Cowboys to pull with 10-3 and Grant Jones' 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the third quarter.

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