Oklahoma State football report card: With bowl eligibility on the line, Cowboys had zero offensive intensity
On a night when Oklahoma State had a chance to get bowl eligible on home turf, it got behind quickly and was never really in the game. The grades reflect a lackluster 28-7 loss to Texas.
OFFENSIVE INTENSITY: F
The Cowboys had an extra week to prepare after managing only two offensive touchdowns in their last three games. They had plenty of motivation, too, playing a comparable foe in a game where they could get bowl eligible. But the OSU offense came out blah. Blah play. Blah calls. Blah energy. The Cowboys’ first two possessions resulted in two three-and-outs and minus-6 yards. By the time they got their yardage on the positive side, the Longhorns already led 13-0. That lack of early intensity was as devastating as it was confounding, and it didn’t get a ton better as the game went on. Totally inexcusable.
DEFENSIVE INTENSITY: B
OSU came out flat on the defensive side of the ball, but it rallied and stiffened. After giving up touchdowns on the Longhorns’ first two drives, the Cowboys didn’t allow another one until late in the fourth quarter. They showed some fight. They made some adjustments. The OSU offense could stand to take a few notes.
OSU used halftime to celebrate its university-wide fundraising campaign, Branding Success, which has raised $1.2 billion over seven years. There were fireworks. Who doesn’t love fireworks? But there were also jumbo-tron videos and big-wig remarks. On a night when there wasn’t a lot of juice in the stadium, the ceremony further deflated things. Let the band play. Crank the fight songs. Cut the speeches.
RUN GAME: F
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As bad as we’ve seen from the Cowboys during this four-game slide. The offensive line didn’t make many holes. The running backs didn’t look particularly spry. And with an inconsistent passing game, the running game had to take it to the Longhorns. Instead, the Cowboys managed just 34 yards rushing. Only 1.5 yards per carry. Abysmal.
COWBOY FAITHFUL: A
There were a lot of empty seats. More than we’ve seen in a long time in Stillwater. After halftime, it thinned even more. Maybe 25,000 people remained. And if you were among those 25,000, hats off to you. The night was cold. The football was bad. Still, you stayed. That’s some serious dedication.
THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS: F
Of all the lopsided stats in this game, this was the most wonky. Texas converted 11 of 19, an impressive 57.9 percent conversion rate. OSU’s numbers? Two of 13 for 15.4 percent. Texas had more third-down conversions on its first two possessions than OSU had all night.
UNIFORM MATCHUP: A
What a combination. Texas wore its traditional all-white road uniforms. Think storm troopers from Star Wars. OSU went with black jerseys and pants paired with its orange chrome helmets. Both are sweet looks for completely different reasons. And hey, you knew exactly who was who.
BPS WALL: F
Every time a player goes full speed toward the wall that surrounds the Boone Pickens Stadium turf, it’s cringe-worthy. The wall is so close to the field that calamity always seems close. Texas receiver Jaxon Shipley crashed into the wall late in the first half, was injured and never returned. It didn’t look devastating, but geez, isn’t there something OSU can do with that wall configuration? I’m not a structural engineer, but you’d think something could be done, especially down near the end zones. After all, the ones most at risk are the Cowboys who play at BPS all the time.