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Inside the Numbers: Texas unable to capitalize on Oklahoma miscues

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The Sooners gave them many chances, but the Longhorns couldn’t manage to capitalize consistently.

NCAA Football: Texas at Oklahoma The Oklahoman-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Texas Longhorns one again went into the Cotton Bowl to take on the Oklahoma Sooners and came out with a loss.

Texas will often play their best games against Oklahoma, but unfortunately the Longhorns struggled for most of the game and put themselves in position to need a comeback late. They forced overtime, but couldn’t overcome their early-game struggles and fell in overtime to the Sooners.

On Saturday, the Longhorns did not put themselves in good positions, nor did the capitalize on the opportunities the Sooners gave them.

3rd quarter scoring: OU - 14, Texas - 0

To say third quarters have been bad for Texas would be an understatement.

Coming out of the locker room at halftime, Texas cannot seem to find any offensive rhythm which has put them in three consecutive comeback positions. In three conference games, opponents have outscored the Longhorns 38-14 in the third quarter — including 14-0 against the Sooners. Seven of those points were actually scored on special teams, a blocked punt against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, meaning the offense has managed just one third-quarter score in conference play.

In fact, Texas has been absolutely without rhythm coming out of halftime, with eight of their nine drives ending in punts. Six of the nine drives coming out of halftime have been three and out, including two drives that went for negative yards and one that ended in a blocked punt touchdown for the opponent. The one drive that could be considered sustained in the third quarter was the eight-play, 87-yard scoring drive against TCU that was aided by a 15-yard sideline penalty against Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson.

Points from turnovers: Texas - 10

For the first time under Tom Herman, the Longhorns lost a game when forcing three or more turnovers.

Texas actually managed to capitalize on the turnovers against Oklahoma to some extent, scoring 10 points off of those turnovers. However, on those two drives Texas had to go just 30 total yards to do the scoring, finishing one drive going -5 yards in three plays. The second drive was aided by a 15-yard penalty on Brendan Radley-Hiles to avoid a 3rd and 12 and another potential red-zone field goal.

That penalty was offset by a 15-yard personal foul penalty on senior captain Derek Kerstetter, which means that on those two drives Texas managed just 21 offensive yards.

First down yardage: Texas - 186, OU - 243

Once again, the Longhorns allowed their opponents to live ahead of the chains for most of the game, while also playing behind the chains.

The Sooners managed to pick up an average of 5.3 yards on first downs, including 5.2 yards per rush on the ground. Conversely, Texas managed just 4.5 yards per play on first down and just four yards per rush on the ground. Texas also managed to put itself well behind the chains, giving up one sack and accounting for 35 yards of penalties on first downs and one turnover.

Texas now gets to take a week off before their next game — a home tilt in two weeks against Baylor— to try and right the ship. Texas currently sits tied for sixth in the conference behind the aforementioned Bears, facing a must win if they want to have any hope to compete for the conference.