The Longhorns had their second straight winning streak snapped by Oklahoma State, 34-27, Sunday in Dallas.
But Texas got back to basics, playing without starters DeAndre Yedlin (shoulder) and Jalen Ramsey (shin).
Texas also scored the first touchdown of the game with a 22-yard run by Marcus Maye and the third on a 31-yard pass to Jordan Reed.
“It was a lot of fun, and I thought we really played well,” Texas quarterback Dak Prescott said.
“I’m just glad we got back into the rhythm.
We came out here to win.”
QB Dak Prescott (right) leads the Longhorns past Oklahoma State 34-26.
Dak Prescott leads the Texas Longhorns through the third quarter.
The Longhorn defense forced three Oklahoma State passes and held the Cowboys to just 44 yards rushing.
The offense was solid and the offense’s inability to score in the first half was disappointing.
“We’re getting ready for the game.
We’ve got a game in front of us,” Texas defensive tackle Isaiah Nicks said.
Prescott threw for 288 yards, including his third touchdown pass of the day, to lead the Longhorn offense to its first lead of the second half.
Oklahoma State also had some big plays.
WR Josh Doctson had a 10-yard touchdown run to give the Cowboys a 10,741-yard total on the season.
The Cowboys also had a couple of plays in the third to score touchdowns on a field goal, a field goals attempt and a punt return touchdown.
Oklahoma had a chance to tie the game at the end of the first quarter, but Nicks and Prescott made it look easy for the Sooners.
“You could tell they were tired,” Prescott said of the Sooner defense.
“They’re tired and they were just ready to play.
It was a big win for us.”
For the second straight game, the Longhogs played without starting quarterback Travis Etienne (shaft), who suffered a sprained ankle in the game and did not return.
Texas has won six of its past eight games against the Cowboys, but the Soonas offense was ineffective.
The defense was not able to hold up and OU’s offense scored a touchdown on its first three possessions.
After scoring just three touchdowns all season, the Soonies offense averaged 25.8 points and scored 20 points or more in each of their last five games.
“Every time we got in there, they were in our face and we had to play our game,” Texas linebacker Chris Owens said.
Oklahoma’s defense held Texas to just 41 yards rushing for the first time in nearly two years, and the Cowboys ran for only 100 yards.
“Our guys were good,” Prescott added.
“Their offensive line played very well.
We were just a little bit off and they had a little chip on their shoulder.”
The Cowboys were led by running back Eddie Lacy, who rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while the Longhaws led the way with five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.
The Soonas were aided by a long pass play from LB Chris Conley, who caught a 24-yard score from a yard out on a play that saw the Longhairs defense collapse.
The Oklahoma State defense also played well.
LB D’Vauntes Smith-Schuster had a sack and a fumble recovery on Texas’ next series, but LB Josh Davis had a fumble that was recovered by Oklahoma.
Texas was in control for most of the opening quarter, holding the Soones to just 35 yards rushing on the day.
The Aggies scored their first touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard gain by UT’s Jalen Mack.
But the Longhawks finally answered with their second score of the quarter on the same drive.
LB Josh Jones picked up a pass from WR Jaelen Strong on a deep crossing route.
QB DeAndre Hopkins had a 26-yard throw to WR Trevon Stewart for a 6-yard TD pass to open the third and UT scored a 7-0 lead.
But a sack by LB Tyree Robinson forced Oklahoma to punt the ball back to the Longhods.
“Once we get back into it, we’ll take it to them,” Texas RB Shane Buechele said.
Texas finally scored its first touchdown on a 1-yard scoring run by WR Terrance Williams with 2:37 left in the second quarter.
After the Aggies score, LB Josh Norman, who has been suspended three games for violating team rules, returned to the field and threw for 77 yards and the first TD of his career.
“He got the ball in our backfield, we didn’t have anybody to catch it, and we made some plays,” Oklahoma WR Jordan Payton said.
The first half had a bit of a forgettable start for the Longhores.
The next five minutes, the Cowboys only scored two points.
The score was 21-0 at halftime.
OU’s next series ended on a fumble by WR D’