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Texas fights for a tough road win against Oklahoma State

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With 9:36 remaining in the game and down five to Oklahoma State, Texas decided it wasn’t time to panic just yet. Nine plays later, seven of which were runs, the Longhorns had reclaimed the lead 34-33.

But after a responsive Oklahoma State touchdown, Texas once again found itself down with just 2:34 remaining. Except this time coach Mack Brown put the ball in the hands of sophomore quarterback David Ash. And he came through.

Ash completed his final four passes of the game as No. 12 Texas marched 75 yards down the field in almost exactly two minutes to take the lead once again over Oklahoma State, 41-36. Did running back Joe Bergeron lose possession of the ball before he crossed the goal line for a two-yard touchdown? The officials said no, and the touchdown ended up as the final score of the game.

Blame it on the refs if you must — officiating was noticeably bad — but Texas walked away with a key road win Saturday night.

Despite a .500 record over the past two seasons, expectations continued to be high in Austin. But whereas the Longhorn defense was figured to be the raft holding Texas afloat, it’s been the offense and the development of Ash that’s been the biggest story in this first month of college football.

Ash played perhaps his best game to date with over 300 yards passing and three touchdowns against the Cowboys, but it was the final drive where he completed a necessary fourth-down conversion that finally erased all doubts about whether he could perform under pressure and be the offensive captain this program has lacked in recent years.

Texas’ defense has underperformed at times this season — credit Oklahoma State’s offense as well — but the Longhorns, who host No. 9 West Virginia and Heisman favorite Geno Smith next week, look far more cohesive than at any point in the last two seasons following the 2010 BCS championship appearance, especially in the run game.

It looks like everything that Brown has preached, everything that he’s changed, is coming together.

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15 Responses to “Texas fights for a tough road win against Oklahoma State”
  1. manchestermiracle says: Sep 30, 2012 12:01 AM

    A good road come-back win. Barely. #12 team in the nation? Nope.

  2. manchestermiracle says: Sep 30, 2012 12:01 AM

    Can’t wait, though, for WV to find out next week what a defense looks like.

  3. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 30, 2012 12:14 AM

    Looked like a Vince Young kind of a game out there. Been a long time since we’ve seen this kind of a Longhorns team.

  4. ningenito78 says: Sep 30, 2012 12:31 AM

    I agree WVU will have some issues with Texas defense but Geno Smith might be something special. That kid is for real.

  5. normtide says: Sep 30, 2012 1:06 AM

    No one can deny that Texas has the talent, but it still seems like things just aren’t clicking for them. KSU seems to be firing on all cylinders atm, and WVU are a threat. It will be interesting to watch how the 12 plays out.

  6. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 30, 2012 2:48 AM

    Just when I wanna get down on the Horns, they make me feel like then are figuring out how to win

    Lets just see what happens against WV…..

    Don’t Hate

  7. mungman69 says: Sep 30, 2012 4:50 AM

    Texas, West Virginia looks like a very interesting game. I can’t wait.

  8. mgmac says: Sep 30, 2012 7:09 AM

    OK State got royally screwed by the refs on texas last TD. The ball was fumbled before the running back crossed the goal line AND OK State recovered for an apparent touchback. Pathetic officiating

  9. v2the4 says: Sep 30, 2012 8:33 AM

    mgmac,

    if you go to the espn home page right now, the video is on the main screen..at the :54 second mark, Bergeron crossed the endzone FIRST…then the ball came out with an okie st defenders helmet hitting the ball…..the call was right…..

    while the game was overall good, Im not happy that the so called vaunted texas defense gave up 275 yards rushing…no freaking excuse for that at all, and the UT defenders are still trying to make shoulder tackles…that wont get it done….better get some more talking drills done with WVU and Oklahoma coming up in next two weeks.

  10. rockgate says: Sep 30, 2012 9:16 AM

    Gotta agree with both normtide and mgmac. The Horns seem to have the talent on both sides of the ball but are lacking that some something. Ash seems to be coming into his own but the running game just isn’t where it should be. The defense……Will would be having a fit!

  11. gorilladunk says: Sep 30, 2012 9:40 AM

    Forget the fumble…how about the fact that Bergeron was awarded a TD when nothing but his helmet crossed the goal line. Or OSU was awarded the kickoff at the 40 after the ball CLEARLY touched an OSU players hand. Sometimes I wonder if everyone is watching the same game.

  12. huskersrock1 says: Sep 30, 2012 1:03 PM

    Texas is better than Baylor. With a defense like WV has Gino is going to have to score 84 points next week to win.

  13. huskersrock1 says: Sep 30, 2012 1:06 PM

    Gino will not win the Heisman because heisman winners usually don’t come from 3 loss teams. Gino can’t win shootouts every week and the Big 12 is much deeper than the big least.

  14. vegasrobert says: Sep 30, 2012 7:55 PM

    WVU is not a Big East team.. they are a Big XII power house, right up there with Texas. The separation is not much. WVU is right where it belongs.

  15. inconsonance says: Sep 30, 2012 9:46 PM

    @huskersrock1 – Last year’s Heisman winner came from a three loss team. Perhaps you were accounting for that by using the word “usually,” but I have doubts.

    What makes you think that Geno can’t win shootouts every week? His numbers are insane, he looks poised and calm, and he’s been on the money with ~90% of his passes. How that translates to “he can’t win shootouts,” I’ll never know.

    Based on what WVU’s offense has looked like thus far this season, Texas had better watch the hell out. They can’t defend against everything. No one can.

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