The 12th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys looked to inch closer to their dreams of an outright Big 12 championship today when they faced the No. 23 Texas Longhorns as they enter a crucial season-ending stretch that will likely decide the conference winner. Despite losing two of its first three games, Texas still controlled its destiny in the Big 12 title race, but it was the Cowboys who would come out on top in this Big 12 showdown game.
They dominated early and often on the road and are now in control of their own destiny in the race for the Big 12 championship, while the Horns were embarrassed on their home field.
The Cowboys’ rush defense has struggled lately in allowing 150 yards per game during the past four games, and their struggles were painfully obvious last week vs Kansas when they allowed a season-high 202 rushing yards. They showed some dramatic improvement today against Malcolm Brown, who had rushed for 379 yards and seven touchdowns in the last four games, and he had 135 and two touchdowns on 19 attempts in the last home game vs Okie State, but was held to just 73 yards and one score today.
The biggest play of the game came right before the end of the first half, as the horns were driving for a score that would have cut the lead to single digits, but Case McCoy threw a pick-six to Justin Gilbert that gave the Cowboys a 28-10 lead going into halftime. The loss was the Horns’ first in Big 12 play, and they still have a chance to win the conference with games against Texas Tech and Baylor still on the schedule.
The Bears currently lead the Cowboys and Longhorns by one game in the Big 12 standings.