Saturday, October 2, 2010
Fake punt leads to points for Texas
By David Ubben
DALLAS -- Texas got it's second-best play of the day when it needed it most.
On the first play after Texas' fake punt at midfield, Garrett Gilbert hooked up with James Kirkendoll for a 44-yard gain to get Texas inside the 10-yard line.
Justin Tucker finished the drive with a 22-yard field goal to bring Texas to within 21-10.
It wasn't ideal, and the two-possession game means the Longhorns still need plenty of defensive stops. But Texas finally sustained a drive -- 13 plays for 71 yards. That's steadier than any drive Texas had in the first half, after scoring its only other points on a 60-yard touchdown by D.J. Monroe.
And how did the Longhorns do it? With Gilbert's arm.
Texas called just one run play -- excluding the fake punt -- on the drive and called 10 passes.
Penalties also continue to plague the Longhorns. On third down, they forced and recovered a fumble after sacking Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, but they let the drive continue after Eddie Jones was flagged for being offside.
Oklahoma running back Mossis Madu converted the first down with a run on the next play.