For the second time in as many weeks, Texas has suffered a demoralizing defeat at the hands of an Oklahoma team.
And, also for the second time in as many weeks, that loss came after the Longhorns jumped to a significant lead.
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No. 25 Texas lost 32-24 to No. 12 Oklahoma State on Saturday, a loss made worse considering the Longhorns enjoyed a dominant 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter. However, after that, the Cowboys outscored the Longhorns 29-7. That includes a 16-0 lead in the fourth quarter that was part of four consecutive unanswered scoring drives to end the game.
Texas’ loss follows an equally disappointing result against Oklahoma at the Red River Showdown. There, the Longhorns jumped to a 14-0 lead in two minutes of play before lengthening that lead to 28-7 late in the first quarter. But the Sooners, powered by backup quarterback Caleb Williams, completed the biggest comeback in rivalry history en route to a 55-48 victory, capped with a last-second touchdown lead.
Following Texas’s loss to Oklahoma State, the Longhorns fell to 4-3 on the season. That not only removes them from the top 25, but it also removes them from the Big 12 championship contest.
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Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said after Saturday’s game that his team “lost our focus” and that in order to advance, they had to stay aggressive, even with a big lead.
“We can’t play trying to hold on, and I think we do,” Sarkisian said.
With that, Sporting News breaks down how Texas pulled off big leads in back-to-back weeks, eliminating from the top 25, college football playoff contention and the Big 12 championship:
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The events surrounding Texas’ loss to Oklahoma at the 2021 Red River Showdown are well documented. Sooners starting quarterback Spencer Rattler committed two turnovers against the Longhorns, which resulted in Texas touchdowns.
After the second of those touchdowns, which gave the Longhorns a 35-17 lead, Williams took over at quarterback, leading the Sooners to a field goal to end the half. However, before taking over as the starter, he also sparked the comeback with a 66-yard touchdown on fourth-and-1 to make it 28-14.
In the second half, Texas was outscored 35-10 by the Sooners. Oklahoma finally tied the game at 41-41 with 7:25 left in the game after an incredible 52-yard touchdown from Marvin Mims. Rattler also attempted the successful 2-point conversion. A fumble from catcher Xavier Worthy on the kickoff that immediately followed led to a touchdown off Oklahoma’s lead by Kennedy Brooks. Texas managed to score one last time to tie the game at 48-48, but gave up a 33-yard touchdown in the final second to Brooks to eventually fall 55-48.
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Texas dominated in the opening games against the Cowboys, forcing three punts and an interception on six Oklahoma State units. But Casey Thompson threw an interception returned 75 yards for a Jason Taylor II touchdown with 5:13 remaining at the half. That allowed Gundy’s team to get back into the game at 17-10:
Texas went 3 and out on their next drive, while Oklahoma State scored on a field goal to end the half. It all went downhill from there for Texas, who was outscored 19-3 in the second half of the losing effort. Bijan Robinson put the Longhorns on the board for the last time, taking it from 38 yards to give his team a 24-13 lead. Texas finished the game with four consecutive triples and outs, a turnover and an interception.
By contrast, Oklahoma State scored on a field goal in its third series of the half. After that, the Cowboys had three consecutive scoring drives to take the lead: a 7-yard Brennan Presley pass from Spencer Sanders, a 29-yard field goal from Tanner Brown, and a 10-yard run from Sanders to hit the ball. play his last 32-24. score.
Texas’ fate was sealed after a Thompson interception with 1:57 to play. He burned two timeouts in the Cowboys’ final drive, but an 8-yard run at third and 6 allowed them to run out the clock.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.