Longhorns silence doubters with overtime win over No. 6 Oklahoma State

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Texas JACK Joseph Ossai sealed the win for the Longhorns when he sacked Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders on the game's final play in overtime (photo courtesy of Brett Rojo / Oklahoma State Athletics)

STILLWATER, Oklahoma — If there was any doubt about the resolve and just plain stick-to-it-iveness of the Texas football team, the Longhorns’ wild 41-34 overtime win Saturday over No. 6 Oklahoma State at T. Boone Pickens Stadium should silence those disbelievers, at least for another week.

For a change, it was Texas that took advantage of another team’s mistakes, outlasting the error-prone Cowboys in another of the highly competitive, and highly entertaining, series of dustups between these two squads.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger hit wide receiver Joshua Moore with a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime and the Longhorn defense kept Oklahoma State out of the end zone to preserve the victory and propel Texas back into the discussion for the Big 12 Conference title.

“We found a way, and that’s very praiseworthy against a team that’s as talented as Oklahoma State,” Texas coach Tom Herman said. “When things go not the way you want them to go, it’s easy to point fingers, but we didn’t do that. We found a way.”

Oklahoma State had four huge turnovers. The Longhorns had none. 

Texas had a season-high 13 penalties for a season-worst 142 yards, but the Cowboys had the game’s biggest penalty: a roughing-the-kicker flag on a , fourth-and-22 punt in the fourth quarter that allowed the Longhorns to have life on a drive in which Texas took a late lead.

Steve Habel

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .

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