Saturday, November 13, 2010
Halftime analysis: OSU 26, Texas 3
By David Ubben
AUSTIN, Texas -- Business as usual here. Oklahoma State's offense looks like it can't be stopped. Texas' looks like anybody can stop it. Add it up and we get what we thought we'd get: A big lead for Oklahoma State.
Turning point: Brandon Weeden hit Justin Blackmon for a 67-yard touchdown on a long pass down the right sideline that put Oklahoma State up 16-3. Texas knew it would have to play out of its character to make that deficit up against an offense that was going to keep scoring.
Stat of the half: Texas was outgained 308-113 in the first half before a 20-yard run by Cody Johnson against an Oklahoma State defense looking to prevent a touchdown on the final play of the half.
Best player in the half: Oklahoma State's Blackmon. Talk about Alshon Jeffrey and A.J. Green's physical skills all you want. Blackmon might not duplicate the highlight-reel catches of Green, but he's way more productive than both. He caught five passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
What Oklahoma State needs to do: Everything it did in the first half, minus taking shots down the field. Take what the defense gives them over the middle of the field and keep Kendall Hunter's diet steady. Texas hasn't tackled well in the first half and Hunter is a big reason why. He's got 69 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, an average of more than five yards a carry.
What Texas needs to do: Consult with the university's compliance department and make travel arrangements. Do Jordan Shipley and Colt McCoy have any possible eligibility left, and can they get here by the fourth quarter?