Oklahoma State has bigger plans for season

Unlike Nebraska a month ago, Oklahoma State wasn’t about to
waste a chance to pound slumping Texas.

Not with so much negative history nagging at them and so much
still at stake this season.

The Cowboys’ dominant 33-16 win over the Longhorns – Oklahoma
State led by 30 before Texas scored two late touchdowns – wiped
away 12 years of frustration in a bitter losing streak.

And more important for this season, it gave them yet another big
confidence boost. The Cowboys (9-1, 5-1) are still on top of the
Big 12 South and with two games to play, they can focus on chasing
their biggest goals: a Big 12 title and a berth in a BCS bowl.

”We can accomplish anything this year,” Oklahoma State
receiver Bo Bowling said.

It would seem like it the way the Cowboys have been slicing up
defenses behind quarterback Brandon Weeden, receiver Justin
Blackmon and running back Kendall Hunter.

Texas coach Mack Brown certainly was impressed after the Cowboys
rolled up 532 yards. The back-breaking play was Blackmon’s 67-yard
touchdown in the second quarter that beat good coverage by Texas
cornerback Aaron Williams.

”He’s Michael Crabtree,” Brown said of Blackmon, ”but
stronger.”

Weeden passed for 409 yards and Hunter ran for 116 yards and two
touchdowns.

”This win was big for me personally,” said Hunter, one of more
than 50 Cowboys players from the state of Texas. ”I wanted it
badly.”

So did anyone at Oklahoma State who had watched the 12-year
losing streak to the Longhorns. The skid included several
excruciating collapses when the Cowboys let big leads slip
away.

”We were due,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. ”They’ve
had our number for a while.”

The Cowboys play at Kansas next week before hosting Oklahoma in
the Bedlam series, a game they haven’t won since 2002.

”It’s the best Oklahoma State team we’ve seen,” Brown
said.

Oklahoma State’s only loss was to Big 12 North leader Nebraska
and a rematch could come in the Big 12 title game.

For Texas, the fourth consecutive home loss just compounded the
misery of the worst season in 13 under Brown. Teams that haven’t
beaten Texas in years are routinely thumping the Longhorns on their
home field.

Iowa State got its first win ever against Texas and Baylor
followed that a week later with its first win against the Longhorns
since 1997.

Texas (4-6, 2-5) is in last place in the division and hasn’t won
at home since Sept. 11. The Longhorns have lost six of their last
seven games. Their 20-13 victory at Nebraska looks more mysterious
every week.

Brown said he’ll try to pull his team together for the last two
games.

First, Texas plays Florida Atlantic, a team that looked like a
patsy just a few days ago but now comes to Austin with a three-game
winning streak.

Then the Longhorns host rival Texas A&M on Thanksgiving
night. The Aggies have won four in a row and still have a chance to
force a three-way tie in the South if Oklahoma State stumbles.

Texas must win both games to avoid its first losing season since
1997 and qualify for a bowl.

”I told the kids we’ve got 12 days left in this season, that’s
all we’ve got guaranteed,” Brown said. ”It’s important for the
kids to feel like they came back, fought and accomplished something
at the end.”