Slap, slap – Horns fall to Oklahoma State after last-minute special teams gaffe

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Texas football head coach Charlie Strong and the Longhorns have stumbled out to a 1-3 start (photo courtesy of

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — A slap in the face usually serves as a stern wake-up call for a struggling football team like Texas, so the hope is that a second one — the Longhorns lost on a late special teams gaffe for the second week in a row, this time suffering a 30-27 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium against No. 24 Oklahoma State — has sent the alarm bells ringing.

Saturday’s Big 12 Conference-opening matchup between the Cowboys and Texas was billed as a potential offensive shootout, but it actually was decided by which team made the fewest mistakes — or, more importantly, the last mistake.

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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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