"Right then was not the time to be scared to make a mistake," Ash said of the Longhorns' final possession, which began with UT trailing by five points with 2:34 left. "Right then was the time to give it everything you had."
So after saying a quick prayer and telling his offense they were about to win the game, Ash did his best to live up to that philosophy. UT (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) moved the ball just 4 yards on its first three plays, and Ash noticed the Cowboys (2-2, 0-1) were taking away the sideline and the underneath routes. So on fourth-and-6, he knew what he had to do.
The Horns did what they had to do to win.
David Ash has grown up.
"He will not be under any more pressure than this, and he couldn't have done this this time last year," said coach Mack Brown, who moved to 7-0 in Stillwater. "He has really grown up. He is the leader of this football team."
There were plenty of big plays.
D.J. Monroe's drought is over.
Mack Brown got one more in Stillwater.
"I couldn't be more proud of a team and how they responded in a tough situation," said Texas quarterback David Ash. "The team came together and got it done. Oklahoma State made us earn it."
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Texas may have dodged a nasty replay reversal. Joe Bergeron might have lost the ball on the game-winning touchdown before scoring, although replays were inconclusive. "I didn’t see it because of the pile, but our guy said the ball was fumbled back there, flipped it into the end zone and he said, ‘I got it.’ That’s all I know," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.
Your word against the refs? Guess who wins?
We are going to hear about this for the next year.
The Pokes defense wasn't up to the task.
Walsh wasn't particularly polished. He didn't always throw the ball to the right spot or make the correct decision. But he played through adversity and got better as the game went on. Walsh's numbers were superb — 18 of 27 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Walsh also had a 50-yard run off a quarterback draw that led to the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
The tailback is alive and well in college football.
The Pokes were Hornswoggled.
In fact, if Oklahoma State had a checklist of priorities coming into this game, it seemed to accomplish everything on it. Offensively, the Cowboys effectively balanced the run (275 yards) and pass (307 yards), only punted twice and only turned the ball over once. Defensively, they held Texas' running game in check, limiting the 'Horns to 136 yards on 3.2 per carry. For the game, OSU averaged a full three yards more per offensive snap, a huge margin that usually portends corresponding dominance on the scoreboard.
Well designed plays don't always go as planned.
J.W. Walsh wasn't all that polished, but he got it done.
Cowboys Ride For Free sums up why the Pokes lost the game.
"That game really haunted me because as a first start, it wasn't the first start that you wanted to have," said Ash, who finished with 304 yards passing and threw his first interception of the season.
"This game kind of means a lot."