No. 12 Oklahoma State handed Mack Brown his worst home loss as Texas head coach on Saturday, beating the No. 24 Longhorns, 38-13, in Austin.
With the win, the Cowboys improved to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12, and set up a mega-matchup with No. 4 Baylor next Saturday that should give the winner the inside track to the league title. Texas saw its six-game win streak snapped as it fell to 7-3 and 6-1.
Most of the fireworks in the game took place in the first two quarters as OSU moved out to a 28-10 lead thanks to the running and passing of Clint Chelf and a timely pick-six by cornerback Justin Gilbert off Case McCoy with 18 seconds left in the half. The Cowboys led, 28-10, at the break and that turned out to be more than enough.
The two teams traded field goals in the third quarter before OSU put a bow on their win with a 21-yard pass from Chelf to Charlie Moore that came after McCoy’s second interception of the day (he would finish with three).
The Longhorns had no answer for Chelf, who threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 95 and two more scores. Texas actually outgained the Cowboys, 389-380, but McCoy’s picks and a lackluster run game prevented the Longhorns from rallying.
The tough loss will no doubt raise the heat on Brown, now in his 16th season as the Texas head man. His fate could come down to how the Longhorns play in the season finale against Baylor on Dec. 7.
As for the Cowboys, they are slowly working their way up the rankings and have a chance to make some more noise by beating Baylor next Saturday in Stillwater.