What an ugly game. Defenses were stars for both teams, and both offenses looked like they were playing Pop Warner football again.
The already-depleted offensive line took a couple more hits, as Marcus Keyes and Teven Jenkins went down with injuries, forcing Lemaefe Galea’i and Deionte Noel into service. The Texas D-Line wreaked havoc all game long, forcing Rudolph to dance around the pocket and never get comfortable.
The Cowboys punted nine times today, nearly doubling their season total for punts. They came into the matchup with 10 total punts through the first six games.
Playcalling was questionable in this game, to say the least, leading some fans to wonder if Rudolph was hurt. The Cowboys rushed the ball 51 times, compared to only 38 passes. Justice Hill rushed the ball 33 times for 117 yards, leading the team in offensive yards. Rudolph didn’t have a bad day (if this was a Big 10 game), completing 25-of-38 for 282 yards and no touchdowns. The Cowboys’ only touchdown came from J.D. King, a 7-yard rush.
Kicker Matt Ammendola struggled again, missing a 29 yarder. He barely snuck what was ultimately the game-winner, a 34-yard attempt, in overtime to give the Cowboys the lead, along with a 19-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
It was Ramon Richards who was the hero, capitalizing on yet another boneheaded mistake by Shane Ehlinger when he snatched the easiest interception of his life on a floater in the end zone to end the game.
Oklahoma State escapes in OT. Here’s the view from down on the field pic.twitter.com/x0hRXz6o1j— Max Olson (@max_olson) October 21, 2017
Ehlinger finished the game with 22-of-36 passing for 241 yards and one interception.
John Burt incredibly stayed in bounds to take the Longhorns down to the OSU 3 yard line.
I’m still not sure how it was never reviewed, but this slow-mo view shows he did, in fact, stay in bounds.
Ehlinger then kept the ball for the only Texas TD of the game.
The Cowboy defense was truly the MVP of the game, holding Texas to 283 total yards - one less than Rudolph had through the air. Ehlinger, the Longhorns’ leading rusher rushed 16 times for -10 yards. I cannot state enough how good this defense was today.
There were mental mistakes all over the field today by both teams on both sides of the ball. Overall, it was one of the worst college football games I think I have ever seen.
The last time the Cowboys won a game scoring 13 points or less was Bedlam in 1995, according to Dave Hunziker on the Oklahoma State postgame show. The final score was 12-0.
There are a lot of questions that are bound to follow, and we will continue to stay on top of the news as the Cowboys prepare to take on West Virginia in Morgantown in a week.