Analysis: A Night Of Horrors

This one doesn't take long to analyze. You can start by that fact that Texas right now is a flat out better football team. I thought going into the game that if Oklahoma State and Texas played four times that Texas would win three. I think you might up that to seven or so attempts and OSU would win one.

That is nothing against the Cowboys players. They played hard Saturday night and they are a good team, but Texas is one of the top three teams in the country, and Oklahoma State is a team that is somewhere between 11 and 25 depending on how they play on a given Saturday.

All that said, the stats were virtually even. Oklahoma State outgained Texas 277 yards to 275. However, when you figure that OSU ran 15 more plays, the average yards per play were 4.9-yards to 3.9 in favor of the Longhorns.

The Cowboys rushed for more yards (134) than any Texas opponent this season. Special teams were even, even Mack Brown called that category a wash. It was all pretty close except for the scoreboard and turnovers, and when you figure in those two pick sixes that was huge.

Texas forced several of those turnovers including three of the four interceptions and the Hubert Anyiam fumble. Oh, and by the way, the two interceptions that Texas did not return and the Anyiam fumble all finished promising drives by Oklahoma State. Texas made big plays for itself and Oklahoma State could not take advantage of opportunities.

Here is a laundry list of what went wrong and what Texas did to create a 41-14 blowout.

1. Dan Bailey misses a 45-yard field goal on the first drive. Any momentum against Texas is good momentum.

2. Texas first drive is aided by a shaky Lucien Antoine penalty for unnecessary roughness on a receiver.

3. Cowboys get their only turnover when Victor Johnson lights up Jordan Shipley on a punt return. The Cowboys go four-and-out from the Texas 32.

4. Anyiam fumbles on a tunnel screen that was good for a first down. Texas scores a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

5. The Cowboys young receivers were physically intimidated some by the Texas secondary. Dameron Fooks is shoved around by Curtis Brown, who takes Fooks' spot and the pass and returns it for 77 yards and a touchdown.

6. After surviving a potential disaster with a turnover forced by Andre Sexton, Texas drives and scores a touchdown before half. The drive is aided by a Nigel Nicholas personal foul penalty for roughing the quarterback, hands to the face.

7. After Texas kicked a field goal to start the second half, Robinson doesn't see safety Earl Thomas bird dogging on the slant. Thomas runs through and picks the pass and scores.

8. Now playing almost exclusively cover two and tough to throw deep down the middle of the field, Blake Gideon gets his pick and later Chykie Brown gets one covering a Cowboy down the middle of the field.

9. Wide receivers need to play more aggressive.

10. Team needs to put this behind them ASAP. With no more teams as good as Texas on the remaining schedule, the Cowboys must win for optimum bowl opportunities and best showplace.

Easy to break down. Nothing easy about Texas as they play defense and they finish.

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