Oklahoma St.-Texas Preview
Before last season, Oklahoma State spent many fruitless years
searching for ways to beat Big 12 rival Texas, especially on the
Judging by each team’s most recent game, the sixth-ranked
Cowboys appear to have a good chance to stay unbeaten Saturday by
recording consecutive wins over the No. 22 Longhorns for the first
time in school history.
Oklahoma State has won three times in 25 matchups with Texas
dating back to 1916, claiming just two victories in 16 trips to
Austin. The Cowboys, however, used their high-powered offense to
register a 33-16 win there Nov. 13, their first road victory over
the Longhorns since 1944.
To help his team snap a 12-game skid in the series, Brandon
Weeden threw for 409 yards and a touchdown to Justin Blackmon, who
had nine catches for 145 yards. Oklahoma State also ran for another
three TDs while building a 30-point lead before the fourth
The Cowboys compiled 532 yards in that win, including 308 in the
“When you have played at a high level like we had over the last
few years, having so many close games and not being able to get
over the hump, it made it a good win for our team and the
university,” coach Mike Gundy said.
The Cowboys (5-0, 2-0) enter this matchup first in the nation
with 51.4 points per game and second in yards per game (577.4) and
passing yards per game (431.2). Weeden’s average of 376.0 passing
yards per game is second in the FBS, and he’s thrown 15
Six of those have gone to Blackmon, and the reigning Big 12
offensive player of the year also has 46 receptions for 534 yards.
Joseph Randle has run for 484 yards and eight TDs while replacing
Kendall Hunter, who scored two touchdowns during last year’s win in
Jeremy Smith scored Oklahoma State’s other rushing TD in that
game and has reached the end zone in nine consecutive contests.
Behind that offense, Oklahoma State has won seven straight road
games, the third-longest active streak in the nation and
second-longest in program history behind an 11-game run from
“I really just enjoy going on the road and playing. I think it’s
fun to go into other people’s places and use that negative energy
or the vibes and use it positive in our way,” Weeden said.
The Cowboys, seeking their first-ever consecutive 6-0 starts,
head out on the road after one of the best performances in school
history, a 70-28 rout of Kansas last Saturday. Weeden, who turns 28
on Friday, completed a record 85.7 percent of his passes (24 of 28)
and had five TDs before being pulled just before halftime. Oklahoma
State’s 70 points, 10 touchdowns, 56 first-half points and 35
first-quarter points matched its modern-era records set in 1973
against Southern Illinois.
The Cowboys also forced four turnovers, giving them 14 takeaways
in their last three games.
“Some days, things just work, you know? You hit a golf ball and
it hits a tree limb and bounces back in the fairway,” Gundy
Texas, meanwhile, had virtually the opposite experience last
weekend in a 55-17 loss to Oklahoma in Dallas. The Longhorns had
five turnovers – three returned for touchdowns – during their worst
loss since a 65-13 defeat to the Sooners in 2003.
Until the final three minutes, Texas’ only touchdown was on
Fozzy Whittaker’s school-record-tying 100-yard kickoff return.
“The Oklahoma game is behind us, so now it’s Oklahoma State,”
linebacker Emmanuel Acho said. “We’re not worried about anything
else. We just know we’ve got to go out and get this victory.”
To earn that win, the Longhorns (4-1, 1-1) will once again rely
on quarterbacks David Ash and Case McCoy to lead their offense. The
two combined for four turnovers in the loss to Oklahoma, with Ash
throwing a pair of interceptions and McCoy fumbling twice.
“That game was so extreme from the adversity standpoint,”
offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said. “Neither one of them gave
up, neither one of them hung their head. I can live with that.”
Oklahoma State will face Texas for the second time as a top-10
team. The Cowboys, No. 7 at the time, fell 28-24 in Austin during
the previous such matchup in 2008 against the No. 1 team in the