My friends, I am happy to report that the football game played in Stillwater, America on Saturday afternoon was indeed a good game.
A really, really good one.
OSU outlasted Texas 41-34 after mounting a double-digit effort. OSU trailed up to 14 points in the game and up to 10 in the second half. But as the game progressed, even battered OSU got better. The Cowboys staged their comeback behind 17 unanswered points, culminating in a 41-yard catch and pass from Spencer Sanders to Bryson Green in the final minutes.
Here are the full updates and game highlights in our live blog. The updates below are released in reverse chronological order.
FINAL: OSU 41, Texas 34. Kendal Daniels picks Quinn Ewers to seal the win. WHAT. A GAME.
Fourth quarter, 1:00: OSU on fourth and four punts. Texas will take over on 24. Must go 76 yards to tie or win in regulation.
Fourth quarter, 1:23: Jason Taylor II with a HUGE interception on fourth down. Pokes leads 41-34 and takes possession. Texas has three timeouts left, but OSU can end them here. I hope Taylor is doing well. It looked like he was limping after injuring his knee.
Fourth quarter, 3:09 a.m.: Sanders gets a forced one in Bryson Green, and BRYSON GREEN DOES THE REST. LEAD POKES 41-34. That’s 17 straight unanswered points for OSU.
Fourth quarter, 4:17: On a critical and long third, Spencer Sanders finds John Paul Richardson running down the middle to convert for another set of downs. Throw HUGE into tight coverage, taken even bigger by JPR, who held on despite being thoroughly beaten.
Fourth quarter, 5:10: Quinn Ewers and Xavier Worthy JUST miss a connection in the end zone. Worthy was wide open, but Ewers passed him. Crisis averted for the OSU defense as not only did they fail to convert to third, but Texas misses their ensuing field goal attempt. WOW.
Fourth quarter, 9:54 a.m.: We have a draw ourselves, friends. It’s 34-34 after Spencer Sanders connects with Brennan Presley in the middle for a red zone score. Wooooo man.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER: There were a lot of missed/bad calls today that cost OSU. This one was significant. Watch to the end.
Third Quarter, 0:29: Tanner Brown hits a field goal from 40 yards out. The deficit is reduced to a score: Texas 34, OSU 27.
Third quarter: Not great. The already slim WR body gets slimmer.
Third quarter: Finally, a few points. Texas hits first in the second half with a field goal with 2:10 left in the third quarter. OSU trails 34-24.
Third quarter: Lots of back and forth in the first half, but it’s been a defensive battle so far in the second half. OSU currently has their practice stall but punted to try to play field position. Still trailing 31-24 as Texas takes over.
HALF-TIME: Texas 31, OSU 24. OSU field goal attempt from 48 yards out when time expires. All things considered, it seems a bit miraculous, it’s still a one-score game. OSU played really badly this half.
Second quarter, 2:40: TD Pokes! It’s Texas 31, OSU 24. Dominic Richardson hits it AGAIN, this time from 2 yards. Huge effort to respond. Jaden Nixon with some serious juice pumped into the current game on this player. Ran out of his shoe and looked really good doing it. Expect more of him to mix into the running game, which has stalled recent games.
Second quarter, 3:43: 52-yard TD run for Texas from tailback Roschon Johnson. Texas traffic jams eat OSU lunch today. Texas up 31-17. Brutal, brutal development.
second quarter: An important update in the game. I didn’t know about it.
second quarter: True freshman wide receiver Stephon Johnson Jr. gets a big run here today. And does the boy look good. Look at this take.
second quarter: The OSU defense limits the Texas offense to one basket. This unit struggles in the first half, but continues to grind and keep OSU in that area. Texas leads 24-17.
Second quarter, 11:16 a.m.: Another response by the OSU offense when needed. Spencer Sanders had huge runs to push the ball down the field, and Dominic Richardson once again knocked it, this time from one yard out. It’s 21-17 Texas.
Second quarter, 1:28 p.m.: My God. Bijan Robinson with a home visit again. I just came out of the backfield and no one had it. He is one of the best passers on the entire Texas team. Burst cover just unexplainable. Texas leads 21-10.
Second quarter, 2:15 p.m.: OSU tries to kick and pin Texas deep in territory, but Tom Hutton’s punt is blocked. Texas takes over, up 14-10, in favorable territory on the right side of the 50.
First quarter, 4:21: Texas retaliates. 12-yard TD from Quinn Ewers to Xavier Worthy as UT goes up 14-10.
First quarter: The call on the field is that Brennan Presley fumbled the punt return and Texas recovered. The game is reviewed and they say it holds up. It doesn’t look like the bullet even hit Presley, but of course they could find definitive evidence in the review to overturn the wrong call initially. Go figure!
First quarter, 9:39 a.m.: The good guys go back to the top. Dominic Richardson completes a quick drive to hit him in the end zone from four yards out. 10-7 Moves. It only took 2:22 to march the full length of the field.
first quarter: Bijan Robinson is #good. Pokes strikes first with a field goal, but the talented Texan tailback responds with a home call to give UT the lead. Wow.
Pre-game injury news: Here is the full injury report in all its glory:
But really really, here’s Dave Hunziker’s actual report on the radio pregame. Beginning to understand why Mike Gundy earlier in the week was very averse to releasing injury details. This team is really, really fucked up right now.
Likely to play:QB Spencer Sanders
OUT: Jaden Bray, Thomas Harper, Brendon Evers, Braydon Johnson, Preston Wilson, Brock Martin
Pre-match uni reveal: This helmet is so beautiful. Wow. 10/10.
Pre-game buzz: Looks like a lot of people are counting the Cowboys. We like to see it. (Thanks to Desmond Howard!)