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Instant analysis: OSU 38, Texas A&M 35

September, 30, 2010
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That was a pretty gutsy effort for Oklahoma State, which bounced back twice from big momentum swings and now controls its own fate in chasing after a Big 12 South title. Plenty of mistakes to correct, but the Cowboys played well enough to win 38-35.

How the game was won: Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson threw four interceptions, the final one coming with less than a minute to play. Oklahoma State's Shaun Lewis returned it into Aggies' territory, and Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey split the uprights with a game-winning, 40-yard kick as time expired.

Turning point: There were probably five or six in this one. Oklahoma State ripped off 28 consecutive points in the second half to take a 35-21 lead, but Texas A&M answered with a 16-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that took 7:30. A&M had another scoring drive that went the same distance in just four plays and took just 1:26 to tie the game at 35. Oklahoma State couldn't engineer a game-winning drive, but Johnson's interception and Lewis' return provided the necessary field position to set up the game-winner.

Stat of the game: Johnson accounted for five turnovers, with his second consecutive four-interception game. Oklahoma State returned a Johnson fumble for a touchdown to go up 35-21.

Stat of the game II: Johnson threw 62 passes.

Player of the game: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. He caught 10 passes for 127 yards and a 29-yard touchdown that tied the game at 21.

Player of the game II: Dan Bailey, K, Oklahoma State. So what if it was one play? Oklahoma State's entire season may have hinged on that kick. Somebody get this guy a game ball, STAT.

What Oklahoma State learned: If the Cowboys protect Brandon Weeden, he will make plays against most defenses. After a frustrating first half that featured plenty of big hits on Weeden and a pair of interceptions, the Oklahoma State offense made the necessary adjustments to Texas A&M's blitzes and started moving the ball the way it had for the first three games of the season against lesser defenses.

What Texas A&M learned: Turnovers will catch up to you. The Aggies survived four interceptions from Jerrod Johnson against Florida International. That wasn't the case against Oklahoma State. The fourth cost the Aggies the game.

What it means: With Texas and Oklahoma looking very beatable, the Big 12 South looks wide open. Oklahoma State has to travel to Austin to play the Longhorns, but Nebraska and Oklahoma come to Stillwater. If Oklahoma State can win two of those three games, the program's first Big 12 South title looks like a possibility.

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