There were plenty of big plays from both teams when the Longhorns visited Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.
It started out with a 30-yard touchdown run from Justice Hill who got the start after his impressive showing against Baylor, despite the two fumbles.
Gundy knows what he has in Hill and wants to give him room to grow and build confidence.
The next possession for the Cowboys ended in a 54-yard Rudolph-to-Washington connection that made it to the end zone, giving the Cowboys an early 14-0 lead.
Not to be outdone by the OSU passing attack, Texas’ ground game got going in a big way. D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III both had big days before each left the game with injury.
The Cowboy secondary gave up a big pass play from freshman quarterback Shane Buechele to Dorian Leonard for 49 yards that brought Texas to the OSU two-yard line. Tyrone Swoopes came in and darted into the end zone as part of Texas’ “18-Wheeler” goal-line package.
Shane Buechele also had a 21-yard pass to Jerrod Heard and a 39-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Beck. D’Onta Foreman had touchdown runs of 22 yards and 62 yards before he left the game.
Took it back
With the Cowboys up 12 (37-25) in the third quarter, a Zack Sinor punt pinned the Longhorns at their own 7-yard line. It was a huge possession for the Cowboy defense. Give up a touchdown and it’s a 5-point game.
Charlie Strong decided to go with Tyrone Swoopes due to the field position. D’Onta Foreman was getting all he wanted on the ground.
On first down, Swoopes is stopped for no gain by true freshman linebacker Calvin Bundage. On second down, senior linebacker Devante Averette stops Foreman for no gain. Sterlin Gilbert decided to trot out his freshman QB for third and 10.
Rookie mistake. Buechele looked deep into the experienced eyes of Jordan Sterns who stepped up and picked off his pass in stride and nearly completed a pick-6 before getting downed at the 1. I’m pretty sure Glenn Spencer did a back flip from his new home upstairs.
The turnover set up a Barry Sanders touchdown I still love typing that giving the Cowboys a 43-25 lead and ultimately sealing the Cowboys’ first home win against Texas since Tony Lindsay was taking snaps.