AUSTIN, Texas — Texas snapped its five-game home losing streak to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Barely. Despite controlling most of the second half, Texas needed to recover an onside kick and gain a first down in the final two minutes to hold off the Cowboys 36-30. Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns, helping his team build a 36-23 lead late into the fourth quarter. But a fumbled punt and a Chuba Hubbard touchdown run allowed OSU to get within 36-30 in the final 1:37. Hubbard finished with 121 yards and two touchdowns. Spencer Sanders threw for 268 yards, but didn't have a touchdown and was intercepted twice. OSU had just three points on its first three series of the second half despite reaching the Texas 9, 3 and 22.
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First down | Story of the game
Cowboys quieted after halftime After a stellar second half in which it outscored Tulsa 20-0, Oklahoma State squandered multiple opportunities during Saturday's second half against Texas. Aside from a late touchdown following a Longhorn turnover, the Cowboys mustered three points after halftime. Texas, on the other hand, put the game away with two touchdown drives. — Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
Second down | Matchup that mattered
Hubbard contained for majority OSU running back Chuba Hubbard, who entered as the nation's top rusher, had a modest outing by his standards and finished with 121 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 36 carries. Against TU, he exploded for 256 yards and three TDs on 32 carries. — Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
Third down | Game MVP
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger While throwing for four touchdowns, Ehlinger was 20-of-28 passing for 281 yards. His third-quarter interception, a result of a tipped pass, was his first of the season. He also rushed for 70 yards, surpassing 1,000 yards for his career. — Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
Fourth down | What's next
Unbeaten Wildcats visit Stillwater On Sept. 28, the Cowboys host Kansas State, which is off to a surprising 3-0 start under first-year coach Chris Klieman after defeating Mississippi State in Week 3. The Wildcats are coming off an open date and have prevailed in back-to-back meetings in the series. — Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
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Oklahoma State at Texas 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas TV: ABC Radio: KFAQ-1170 Records: OSU 3-0; Texas 2-1 All-time series: Texas leads series 24-9. Last meeting: OSU beat No. 6 Texas 38-35 in Stillwater.
Weather by FOX23's James Aydelott: Isolated showers, 94°.
First down | Top storyline
How will Spencer Sanders perform in the biggest game of his career? Redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders has had a solid first three games. He’s completed 67 percent of his passes for 622 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception. He’s also rushed for 219 yards against Oregon State, McNeese State and Tulsa. Playing against the No. 12-ranked team in the country brings a different level of pressure for the first-year starter. — Frank Bonner II, Tulsa World
Second down | Key matchup
Cowboys secondary vs. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger Oklahoma coach Mike Gundy talked about how much Ehlinger has improved as a quarterback in his junior season. Ehlinger has thrown at least three touchdowns in every game this season. The most experienced part of the Cowboys defense is the secondary with cornerbacks A.J Green and Rodarius Williams as third-year starters. They will need to show their leadership Saturday. — Frank Bonner II, Tulsa World
Third down | Player to watch
Tylan Wallace OSU receiver Tylan Wallace has scored in every game this season. He’s had a play of 75-yards or more in each of the last two games. Picking up yards after the catch has been second nature to him this year. The Cowboys are going to need him to continue moving the chains, even if that means drawing passing interference penalties on the defense after blowing past them like he did at Tulsa. — Frank Bonner II, Tulsa World
Fourth down | Who wins and why
Cowboys success hinges on Sanders
From Guerin Emig: Oklahoma State's offensive success hinges on Spencer Sanders, the 19-year-old quarterback playing in his first truly hostile, intimidating environment. If Sanders limits mistakes the Cowboys will move the ball and score points. The question then becomes: Is it enough to keep up with a Texas offense led by the more proven, experienced Sam Ehlinger? Not quite in the case. Texas finally beats OSU in Austin, 35-32.
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