The Big 12 matchup between Oklahoma State and Texas was one of Saturday's most anticipated battles, but it didn't live up to the hype, as the Cowboys cruised to a 38-13 victory.
The Cowboys struck first with Clint Chelf driving them down the field on their second drive of the game. While J.W. Walsh is normally considered the more mobile quarterback, Chelf showed everyone that he can move as well, running for 53 yards on four carries, including the 18-yard touchdown to go up 7-0.
While Oklahoma State controlled most of the first quarter, Texas was able to kick a field goal to make it 7-3. Mykkele Thompson was then able to come up with a big interception in the end zone near the end of the quarter, keeping the Longhorns within four points.
Chelf still kept running, however, and went in for a 4-yard touchdown on the ground in the second quarter to go up 14-3. The Longhorns drove right after that with Malcolm Brown scoring on a 7-yard touchdown to make it a one-possession game once again.
Unfortunately for Texas, things quickly went downhill at the end of the half. Chelf was able to complete a pass in the back of the end zone to Tracy Moore but not before it went right through a defender's hands. Just before the half ended, Case McCoy threw an interception to Justin Gilbert, who returned it 43 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-10 at halftime.
McCoy couldn't get things going in the second half, either. He threw another interception in the third quarter, setting up yet another Oklahoma State touchdown by Chelf.
The score was 38-13 at that point, and the game was pretty much over, as the Cowboys ran out the clock for the rest of the fourth quarter.
The Longhorns fell out of the lead in the Big 12 conference standings with the loss, leaving Baylor at the top. They will have remaining games against Texas Tech and Baylor.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys are right behind the Bears, and they will be playing them next week for the top spot in the conference. After that, they will finish out the regular season against the Oklahoma Sooners in yet another tough matchup.
With the convincing win, there's also a chance that Oklahoma State moves into the Top 10 of the BCS standings if a team or two struggle on Saturday, but they will have to pull off of a major upset over Baylor if they want to stay there.
Justin Gilbert: A+
It's hard to have as good of a day as Gilbert had for a cornerback, and he was the big playmaker for the defense against the Longhorns.
Gilbert had the big pick-six to end the first half and came up with with another impressive interception late in the third quarter on a deep pass from McCoy. He showed terrific instincts and was able to put the game out of reach, helping lead the Cowboys to a big game.
There's really not much more you can ask for from the senior defensive back.
Case McCoy: D
It was really hard to like much of what McCoy did in this game.
The senior quarterback completed 20-of-30 passes for 178 yards and three interceptions. He struggled to find consistency, struggling to make plays and making some bad reads throughout the game.
McCoy had a couple of decent passes, but most of the game was spent with short routes and relying on his receivers to make plays. When McCoy did throw deep, he struggled, missing some open receivers and having more than a few balls sail on him. He's struggled with consistency, and we saw just that on Saturday.
Clint Chelf: A
This was arguably the best game of the year for Chelf, as he just kept making plays through the air and on the ground. He did have one interception, but he shrugged it off and made some terrific throws throughout the rest of the game.
Chelf finished the game with 197 yards, two touchdowns and an interception through the air, completing 72.7 percent of his passes. He also added another 95 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and it was the most productive he's been this season running the ball.
If the Cowboys keep playing this well with Chelf under center, then they're going to be in good shape for the rest of the year.
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