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Inside the Numbers: Texas vs. Oklahoma State

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The Texas defense smothered a struggling Cowboys offense and the Horns offense posted a highly efficient effort while cruising to a 28-7 victory in Stillwater. The best news? Texas is going bowling.

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52 - 192 (3.7) - 7: Oklahoma State offensive plays - total yards (yards per play) - points

2 - 13: Oklahoma State third down conversions - attempts

7 - 30: Texas sacks - sack yardage

The winning effort in Stillwater started with a Texas defense that allowed nothing for the Cowboys all game long. Behind a struggling offensive line, OSU QB Daxx Garman was sacked 7 times for 30 yards lost (Malcom Brown with 2, Hicks, Ridgeway, Shiro, and Bluiett with 1 each, and Naashon Hughes and Paul Boyette contributing another). The Horns 3-3-5 was effective against the passing game, forcing the 7 sacks and only allowing 5.4 yards per attempt on 29 attempts. Especially encouraging was the destruction of the Cowboy run game, giving up 34 yards on 23 attempts. Freak athlete Tyreek Hill was limited to 16 yards on 8 carries.

In all, the Cowboys only managed 2 of 13 on 3rd down attempts. Only two Cowboy drives went for more than 4 plays: the 10 play 61 yard TD drive and a 9 play 54 yard drive that ended in a fumble, both occurring in the 4th quarter with the game well out of reach. The domination was so thorough that 10 of OSU's 12 drives went for 4 plays - 25 yards or less.

24 - 33, 305 (9.2), 2-0: Tyrone Swoopes completions - attempts, passing yards (yards per attempt), passing TDs-INTs

11 - 19: Texas offense third down conversions - attempts

A week after struggling mightily through the second half against West Virginia, Tyrone Swoopes put up his third 300 yard passing performance of the season. It was as sharp as he's looked all season, hitting guys in stride, finding open receivers, evading pressure...all the things you want out of your quarterback. The Texas offense overall was successful on 3rd down, going a season best 11 of 19. Swoopes in particular was effective passing on 3rd down, going 9-13 for 163 yards and 2 TDs, converting 8 of 14 attempts.

The game featured another strong start from Swoopes but a slowed effort in the third quarter. But with OSU threatening to make the game interesting in the 4th by bringing the game to 22-7, the Texas offense was put on Swoopes' shoulders and he delivered: 3rd and 6 to Marcus Johnson for 17 yards, a beautiful 24 yard completion to John Harris on a rollout, and the 3rd and 11 45 yard dime for a TD to Armanti Foreman.

OC Shawn Watson mentioned that he and Swoopes had a one-on-one film session Sunday following the WVU performance, and it looks like it paid off. With a bye week to prepare for a Thanksgiving showdown with Gary Patterson's Horned Frogs, the chance at an upset depends on Swoopes' ability to take the next step and maintain consistently strong performance.

9 - 117 - 1: John Harris receptions - receiving yards - receiving TDs

What's left to be said about John Harris? When he has a big game, the Texas offense has a big game. And this week lacked the customary John Harris WTF moment. It is very satisfying to see bowl eligibility get him at least one more game in burnt orange.

16 - 81 (5.1) - 1: Johnathan Gray carries - rushing yards (yards per carry) - rushing TDs

3 - 35: Johnathan Gray receptions - receiving yards

Johnathan Gray continued the momentum he picked up against WVU, running hard again and taking advantage of the multiple run lanes his offensive line was creating. He even chipped in a strong 35 yards on screen plays and swing passes. He looks to finally be 100% back and the timing couldn't be better.

2 - 16: Daje Johnson rushes - rushing yards

2 - 74 - 1: Armanti Foreman receptions - receiving yards - receiving TDs

While the speedsters didn't get a ton of touches, they were effective in them. Daje Johnson was involved early in jet sweeps, getting to the edge and picking up solid yardage without the most effective blocking. And Foreman broke loose deep on both of his receptions, including the late TD score to ice the game. Inside the Numbers fully endorses more touches for the dynamic pair of wide receivers.

3 - 4: Nick Rose field goals - attempts

I have to mention Nick Rose's performance. While it did feature a trio of blunders, including a missed 21 yard FG and two failed PATs (neither really his fault, with the first a bobbled snap by Will Russ and the second a miscommunication between Sedrick Flowers and Nate Boyer allowing a free rusher), he did connect on 3 of the 4 field goal attempts, from 34, 44, and a career long 51 (with room to spare). He has an NFL-caliber leg, and if he can get his mechanics consistent he'll be a weapon.