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LONGHORNS FOOTBALL

Cowboys fail to rewrite history

OSU coaches can't explain how Texas rallied again.


AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Sunday, November 04, 2007

STILLWATER, Okla. — It was all right there for Oklahoma State. A blowout win over Texas appeared to be the first step in a march to the Big 12 South title. Win out and make school history.

And then it was gone — just like that three-touchdown lead over the Longhorns.

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Texas kicker Ryan Bailey, right, watches his game-winning field goal Saturday against Oklahoma State.

"I like being in situations where there's something on the line, as a coach and as a player," coach Mike Gundy said afterward. "Is it tough? You bet it's tough. ... There's nobody whose heart has been ripped out more right now than myself."

These Cowboys have seen it before: in 2005, when they blew a 19-point lead to Texas here in Stillwater, and in 2004, when they lost after leading by 28 in Austin.

Oklahoma State's coaches had no explanation for why it happened again — except that "they made the big plays in the fourth quarter and we didn't," Gundy said.

"History isn't the reason we lost the football game today," OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman said.

He called the loss "extremely disappointing." Offensive coordinator Larry Fedora called it "gut-wrenching."

They took little solace in knowing that quarterback Zac Robinson passed for a school-record 430 yards, topping Gundy's own 18-year-old record by a single yard. Or that their 594 offensive yards were the most against Texas all season. Or that Jacob Lacey intercepted three passes.

What they remembered were the plays that got away, such as the last pass that Lacey defended — a 60-yard completion that set up Texas' tying touchdown.

"He had the one," Beckman said, "and that's the life of a defensive back."

And Jason Ricks, a product of Westwood High, suffered through the life of a placekicker, missing wide right on a 32-yard field goal that would've put the Cowboys ahead with 1:13 to play.

"Obviously, it's a tough one to miss there," Gundy said. And, with that, another one had slipped away from Oklahoma State.

jbridges@statesman.com

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