Texas Longhorns Defeat Scrappy Oklahoma State Cowboys in Close Matchup

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 30, 2012

OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 15:  David Ash #14 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after a first half touchdown during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Texas Longhorns outlasted the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 41-36, in a game that was an incredible display of offense from both sides.

OSU took a lead late in the game, but Texas was able to respond just in time to take the win. Running back Joe Bergeron punched the ball into the end zone with a two-yard run, effectively putting the Longhorns up for good.

But that touchdown would not have been possible without some late-game heroics. David Ash completed a fourth down pass to D.J. Grant to keep the game-winning drive alive. After that, Mike Davis' catch set Bergeron up to score the difference-maker.

The Cowboys ended up blowing two separate leads in the fourth quarter and had a chance to build on those leads multiple times, only to settle for a single field goal.

Both teams gained a ton of yardage on Saturday night.

The Cowboys got a great performance from their quarterback, J.W. Walsh, who was filling in for the injured Wes Lunt. Walsh was 18-of-27 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

On the ground, Walsh picked up 57 yards, 50 of which came on a single explosive play. Joseph Randle was nothing short of spectacular out of the back field with 25 carries for 199 yards and two scores.

For Texas, David Ash looked like a star, completing 30-of-37 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns to just one pick. The Longhorns' rushing attack was spread out between Jonathan Gray, D.J. Monroe and Joe Bergeron, who reached the end zone twice.

In total, Texas racked up 136 yards on the ground.

OSU can certainly build off this game moving forward. The Cowboys are a young team and can use all the experience they can get, and this game qualifies as such. With a little more time under their belt as a team, the Cowboys will eventually be able to win tight games like these.

This win for the Longhorns was huge because it keeps their national title hopes alive, no matter how slim they might have been in the first place. A loss to the Cowboys could have quite possibly ended the Longhorns days as a ranked team.