Texas appeared to be in position to defeat Oklahoma State on the road for important victory for head coach Steve Sarkisian after Texas jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first half.
The Longhorns, however, saw that advantage vanish, as it has so frequently done throughout the Sarkisian era. Texas lost against the Cowboys by the score of 41-34.
In the Sarkisian era, the Longhorns have dropped ten of twenty games, and the second half has been particularly dangerous for them. Seven of those games, including all three of their losses in 2022, saw them blow leads in the second half.
With the defeat, Texas’ record dropped to 5-3, while Oklahoma State’s record rose to 6-1.
With 3:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys broke a 34-all game when quarterback Spencer Sanders connected with wide receiver Bryson Green for a 41-yard catch and run. Green ran into the end zone after catching the pass between opponents who failed to tackle him.
The Longhorns made an effort to rally and score the equalising touchdown, but their efforts were unsuccessful. With 8 seconds left, Kendal Daniels successfully intercepted a late ball from Quinn Ewers deep in Oklahoma State territory. Sanders kneeled to the ground as the Cowboys won the game, handing Steve Sarkisian a second loss.
Ewers put up a heroic fight in loss, but the Oklahoma State defence eventually wore him down. 19 of his 49 passes were completed for 319 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Sanders threw for 391 yards on 34 of his 57 completions, two touchdowns, and one interception. The clinching touchdown was scored by Green, who outgained Texas running back Bijan Robinson’s 140-yard effort with 5 receptions for 133 yards.
Loss against Oklahoma State cruelly brings up the terrible Steve Sarkisian trend, first published on ClutchPoints.