Just a week removed from allowing the Oklahoma Sooners to surmount the largest comeback in Red River Showdown history, the Texas Longhorns blew another second-half lead, resulting in a 32-24 loss to Oklahoma State. Although Texas jumped out to an early asdvantage that it held through three quarters, and despite a multi-touchdown performance from star running back Bijan Robinson, the Longhorns offense folded in the second half just as defensive penalties opened the door for the Cowboys to swing momentum and escape Austin undefeated.
The day started well enough for Texas, as quarterback Casey Thompson carved up the Oklahoma State defense, completing 4-of-5 passing for 59 yards and a six-yard rush, on an 11-play, 75-yard opening drive capped by Robinson’s first rushing touchdown. But even with UT playing stout defense on the other end, a litany of penalties kept Oklahoma State within striking distance, seeing several potential fourth-down situations overturned.
Texas appeared to be carrying a double-digit lead into halftime when Oklahoma State’sJason Taylor returned a Thompson interception 85-yards for a touchdown. The Pokes defense forced a three-and-out, and Spencer Sanders took it from there, leading the offense on a 12-play, 48-yard drive to set up a 39-yard field goal that cut the deficit to one score ahead of the break.
It only got worse for the Longhorns in the second half, where a number of questionable play calls, and continued miscues on defense, opened up Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian to criticism as Oklahoma State completed the comeback and surged to an eight-point victory.