NCAA Game Summary - Oklahoma State at Texas |
(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: (6) Texas 56, (19) Oklahoma State 35
Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Cedric Benson rushed for 141 yards and five
touchdowns, as the sixth-ranked Texas Longhorns rallied from a 28-point
deficit to erupt for a 56-35 victory over 19th-ranked Oklahoma State.
The Longhorns (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) once trailed 35-7, but scored 49 unanswered
points the rest of the way for the big victory. The Longhorns won for the 17th
time in the 19 all-time meetings between these schools, including seven
Texas quarterback Vince Young had a tremendous game. He threw for 278 yards,
and just one of his passes on the day was not caught, as he was 18-of-21 with
two interceptions. Young added 121 yards on 12 carries on the ground.
Texas used a late touchdown in the waning seconds of the first half to pull
within 35-14, then rallied in the third quarter to tie it. Ramonce Taylor's
47-yard run at 3:48 tied the game at 35 apiece. Benson then gave the Longhorns
the lead for good at 13:18 of the fourth quarter with a five-yard run.
"Unbelievable," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "After the game I apologized for
underestimating them," said Brown, who had predicted in the locker room at
halftime that the Longhorns would comeback to win 42-35.
Donovan Woods was 12-of-18 for 223 yards for the Cowboys (6-3, 3-3), who
looked in the early going like they would avenge their 55-16 drubbing at the
hands of the Longhorns last season.
"I've never been through one like that," Cowboys' head coach Les Miles said.
"There will be some pain. There's no way to have a game like this where you
Julius Crosslin scored on a three-yard run three minutes into the game to put
the Cowboys up 7-0. Texas answered with an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by
an eight-yard scamper to the end zone by Benson, but the Cowboys rattled off
28 straight points in the first half to take command.
Woods connected with Vernand Morency on a 67-yard touchdown pass at 7:12 of
the first quarter to give Oklahoma State a 14-7 lead. The Cowboys then scored
two touchdowns in a span of 1:17 to go up by three scores.
Morency scored on a 14-yard run, capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive to put
Oklahoma State up 21-7. Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Vincent Young was
intercepted by Pagitte McGee at the Texas 22, and McGee returned it two yards
to the Texas 20.
Oklahoma State took advantage of Young's miscue. Seymore Shaw rushed 19 yards
to the one-yard line, and Woods took it into the end zone on the next play to
up the advantage to 28-7.
Later in the second quarter, it was Shaw who scored from one-yard out. That
capped an eight-play, 81-yard drive that put Oklahoma State up 35-7.
The Longhorns ended the half on a positive note, as Young engineered a nine-
play, 80-yard march and capped it with a five-yard pass to Bo Scaife with just
three seconds left. That pulled Texas within 35-14 entering the locker room.
The Longhorns seemed to get a boost of momentum from that last-second
touchdown, as they came out with guns blazing in the third quarter. Benson
capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard run to make it a 35-21
game 3 1/2 minutes into the third quarter.
After a three-and-out for Oklahoma State, the Longhorns mounted another long
drive, this one covering 78 yards in just five plays. Benson once again
scored, this time on a 23-yard run, and midway through the third quarter the
Longhorns' deficit, once 28 points, was down to seven at 35-28.
With the Longhorns' defense backed by the raucous crown at Royal-Texas
Memorial Stadium, Texas forced another three-and-out and a punt.
Taylor then ripped off his 47-yard run to knot the game at 35 apiece with just
under four minutes left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Benson's five-yard run at the 13:18 mark gave the
Longhorns the lead for good, at 42-35. Just 3 1/2 minutes later, it was Benson
scoring from six yards out to up the Texas advantage to 14 points. Young then
capped the scoring with a 42-yard burst to the end zone with seven minutes
left in the contest to make it 56-35.
The Longhorns have scored 138 points in their last three games...Morency
rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries for the Cowboys...D'Juan Woods had 94 yards
receiving on four catches for Oklahoma State...Benson, one of only 10 players
in Division I-A history with more than 5,000 career yards, also tied an NCAA
record by scoring a touchdown in 35 career games. He shares the mark with
Miami of Ohio's Travis Prentice (1996-99) and Boise State's Brock Forsey
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