Texas-OSU Postgame: Breaking It Down

STILLWATER, Okla. — The No. 9 Longhorns dropped Oklahoma State in their Big 12 opener, and now Longhorn Digest digs deeper into this contest.

Game ball goes to: Quarterback David Ash. His improvement from last year was strikingly obvious in this one. He torched the Oklahoma State defense for 304 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-37 throwing, though he tossed an interception. Within that, Ash delivered a game-winning drive with a pivotal fourth-and-6 conversion, plus another 32-yard reception to wide receiver Mike Davis.

Play of the game: With two minutes remaining, Ash stepped in and delivered that strike across the middle to tight end D.J. Grant on fourth-and-6. That kept the ‘Horns chances alive and eventually guided them towards to end zone for the game-winning score.

It was over when: The old-fashioned pass and pitch to everyone behind you play ran out of luck for Oklahoma State on the last play of the game at the Texas 38-yard line. Though Texas essentially scored the clincher on running back Joe Bergeron's controversial 2-yard scamper with 29 ticks left, there were still some anxious moments on the last sequence, which featured a wide opening down the left sideline for Cowboys wide receiver Charlie Moore.

Surprise of the game: Oklahoma State gashed Texas for 576 yards of total offense. There's no question this is one of the most stout defenses in the Big 12, but Oklahoma State ran through it on this night.

The biggest thing we learned: The Longhorns have the poise of a team that can compete for the Big 12 Championship. To respond like they did under that type of pressure definitely says something.

The biggest concern: Tackling. This is two consecutive games the ‘Horns have had missed tackles lead to long touchdown plays. They'll have to shore that up.

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