01 Oct

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There’s no defense for Texas football’s 49-31 loss to Oklahoma State

Tight end Andrew Beck scored a 39-yard touchdown on his first reception of the season, but that was not enough as the Texas football team fell, 49-34, to Oklahoma State (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Tight end Andrew Beck scored a 39-yard touchdown on his first reception of the season, but that was not enough as the Texas football team fell, 49-31, to Oklahoma State (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

STILLWATER, Okla. — In the space of three weeks and two games, across three time zones against a pair of talented but middling teams, the Texas Longhorns have slipped from contenders to pretenders, from trending upward to sliding back.

Now, after another disheartening loss on the road — this time a 49-31 defeat Saturday to Oklahoma State before a sun-splashed crowd of 53,468 at Boone Pickens Stadium — No. 22 Texas has to find some way to reposition a train that’s clearly coming off the rails and it has to do it quickly.

The loss was the first for Texas in Stillwater since 1997, snapping an eight-game win streak for the Longhornson the plains just east of the Indian Meridian.

The Longhorns did a lot of things

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 .