The vaunted Texas defense turned vulnerable Saturday night as Oklahoma State averaged almost 8.6 yards per play. But soon-to-be vaunted quarterback David Ash bailed out the Longhorns with a 75-yard game-winning drive in the final three minutes, including a fourth-and-6 completion to tight end D.J. Grant for 29 yards.
"(Ash) couldn’t have done this at the same time last year. He has really grown up," said Texas coach Mack Brown.
Longhorns defensive end Alex Okafor called it a "sloppy game" for the defense, but coordinator Manny Diaz praised the unit for forcing three OSU field goals and keeping the score down throughout the game.
"With great offenses like theirs, you have to win in the red zone," Diaz said. "They’re too dynamic. They’re too good, and they’re going to move the ball in between the 20s.
"Lord knows we didn’t do everything right, but what you can’t fault those guys for was their effort. You just went into the defending Big 12 champion’s house and won in an instant classic-style game."
His team might get a chance to play another classic against West Virginia next Saturday.
1. Kansas State (4-0, 1-0 Big 12)
The Wildcats had a bye Saturday.
NEXT: hosts Kansas, Oct. 6
2. Texas (4-0, 1-0)
The Longhorns won a thriller in Stillwater, edging Oklahoma State 41-36 in a game that featured four lead changes in the final 9:36.
NEXT: hosts West Virginia, Oct. 6
3. West Virginia (4-0, 1-0)
The Mountaineers won the highest-scoring game in Big 12 history, outgunning Baylor 70-63 in Morgantown.
NEXT: at Texas, Oct. 6
4. Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1)
The Sooners had a bye Saturday.
NEXT: at Texas Tech, Oct. 6
5. Baylor (3-1, 0-1)
The Bears scored 63 points and and piled up 700 yards of offense only to see their nine-game winning streak snapped at West Virginia. They do, however, receive a bump ahead of TCU in the power rankings — the very definition of "small consolation."
NEXT: hosts TCU, Oct. 13
6. TCU (4-0, 1-0)
The Horned Frogs gained only 156 yards yet still won their 12th straight game, and in the process regained the much-coveted Iron Skillet Trophy, by beating SMU 24-16 in Dallas.
NEXT: hosts Iowa State, Oct. 6
7. Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0)
The Red Raiders forced four turnovers and limited Iowa State to 189 yards in a 24-13 win at Ames.
NEXT: hosts Oklahoma, Oct. 6
8. Oklahoma State (2-2, 0-1)
The Cowboys hung last season’s Big 12 title banner and hung 576 yards on Texas, but lost 41-36 heartbreaker.
NEXT: hosts Texas, Sept. 29
9. Iowa State (3-1, 0-1)
The Cyclones managed only one offensive touchdown in a 24-13 loss to Texas Tech that dropped QB Steele Jantz to 0-5 as a Big 12 starter.
NEXT: at TCU, Oct. 6
10. Kansas (1-3, 0-1)
The Jayhawks had a bye Saturday.
NEXT: at Kansas State, Oct. 6