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ITN: Texas Falls Short Against Oklahoma State

For the second week in a row, one side of the ball at Texas lays an egg and special teams makes the final mistake of the game as Texas loses in the final minute. This week, mix in some, ahem, questionable, officiating, and you get the 30-27 loss to Oklahoma State.

The smile when you're trying to not get fined.
The smile when you're trying to not get fined.
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

16 - 128, 6: Texas penalties - penalty yards, first downs allowed due to penalty

7 - 40, 0: Oklahoma State penalties - penalty yards, first downs allowed due to penalty

I have nothing further to add. Everything to be said has been said already. If I could stop here, I would. But let's press on.

9-17, 119, 0-1: Jerrod Heard completions-attempts, passing yards, TDs-INTs

12 - 102 (8.5): Jerrod Heard rushing attempts rushing yards

7 - 54: Jerrod Heard sacks - yards lost due to sacks

Jerrod Heard came back to earth a little bit against a very stout Oklahoma State defense. An experienced Oklahoma State secondary limited the Texas passing game, with Daje Johnson, Armanti Foreman, and John Burt only contributing 4 receptions for 20 yards. 76 of the 119 passing yards came on two completions to Marcus Johnson and Caleb Bluiett. And the Oklahoma State pass rush did a fair job of hemming Jerrod Heard in until starting RT Kent Perkins went down. With replacements in, Oklahoma State added 5 sacks for a total of 7 and 54 yards lost.

If Kent Perkins' injury is significant, Joe Wickline will need to scrap together a back up plan quickly. Marcus Hutchins struggled mightily against OSU's Emmanuel Ogbah, a legitimate first round NFL draft prospect. Tristan Nickelson's redshirt has been burned, and is an option, and hopefully Elijah Rodriguez could be a revelation, but at this point options are few and a significant drop-off from the starter as Perkins has been rounding out nicely at tackle.

11 - 55 (5.0): Johnathan Gray rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry)

7 - 15 (2.1): D'Onta Foreman rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry)

On paper, Johnathan Gray turned in a strong performance on paper, but 42 of those 55 yards came on a well blocked play coming out of Texas' own end zone. And it's clear Gray has lost a step, as he was run down by the OSU secondary on a run he used to be capable of taking to the house. D'Onta Foreman contributed little on the day as well. The Texas running back position continues to produce little behind a developing OL.

3 - 35 (11.7) - 1: Tyrone Swoopes rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry) - rushing TDs

The Belldozer Swoopesdozer package was an excellent little wrinkle for Texas both against OSU and hopefully moving forward. It was highly productive in short yardage sets and resulted in the lone Texas offensive score. 4 games in, the quarterback run game is the bulk of Texas's rushing production, and using Tyrone Swoopes' in these situations provides a tough ball carrier to bring down and saves some shots on Jerrod Heard. Additionally, the package keeps Tyrone dialed in and engaged, and clearly boosted his confidence. With a 200 lb starting quarterback getting 20 carries a game, the odds that he'll be needed this season are pretty high.

46 - 103 (2.2) - 1: Oklahoma State rush attempts - rushing yards (yards per carry) - rushing TDs

6 - 1.5 (8) - 1: Hassan Ridgeway tackles - tackles for loss (yards loss) - touchdowns

The Texas run defense turned in it's best effort of the season. While part of that is due to facing a QB that is neither mobile nor atop NFL draft boards, the biggest reason was the re-awakening of Hassan Ridgeway. He turned in his best performance of the year by consistently being in the backfield or standing up double teams. Hopefully the performance becomes the beginning of a strong run for Ridgeway rather than a single game blip.

22-34, 290 (8.5), 1-2: OSU QB Mason Rudolph completions-attempts, pass yards (YPA), TDs-INTs

9 - 16: OSU third down conversions - attempts

12 - 1: Kris Boyd, Davante Davis, and Holton Hill combined tackles - INTs

Mason Rudolph managed 290 yards on 34 attempts. He was picked off three times twice by the Texas secondary, once on a throw behind to Dylan Haines, once on a desperation heave by Kris Boyd, and Holton Hill's huge pick six in the second half. Texas was also strong against the Cowboys on third down by pressuring the quarterback and forcing throwaways and turnovers gave up several conversions to the Cowboys and lost turnovers due to penalties.

The freshman DB troika of Boyd, Davis, and Hill turned in their most significant playing time of the season. They gave up some plays you expect of freshmen, but also gave the Texas front a chance to squeeze the run game. These DBs will be dogs in the future, and the more they go through now should help prepare them for that future.

25 - 33 (1.32) - 0: Texas offense 2nd half plays - yards (yards per play) - offensive points

44 - 165 (3.8) - 13: Oklahoma State offense 2nd half plays - yards (yards per play) - offensive points

With a 20-17 lead at half, Texas was in a strong position to start conference play with a victory. And in contrast to the rest of the 2015 season, the defense clamped down in the second half and limited opposing offense. Aside from a 13 play 98 yard TD drive, the Cowboy offense only managed 31 plays for 67 yards despite the assistance provided by the splendid Big 12 officiating crew.

But the Texas offense stumbled as well, failing to score and failing to muster a drive greater than 34 yards. 3 drives actually went for negative yards. A significant portion of that was losing Kent Perkins to injury, and the rest is likely a function of young teams having little in the way of back-up plans when things go south.

50, 53, 60, 31, 36, 40, -6: Michael Dickson punt yardages

For the second week in a row, special teams provided the final mistake for Texas. This week, it was true freshman punter Michael Dickson. Prior to the dropped punt snap, Dickson had 3 punts of over 50 yards and 3 downed inside the 20. Much like Nick Rose, his lone mistake came at the absolute worse possible time. Hopefully the special teams adventures end soon.