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Big 12 Championship: Texas 49, Oklahoma State 21

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By STEPHEN HAWKINS
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas - Quinn Ewers set a career high by throwing for 452 yards with four touchdowns, one of those to 362-pound defensive tackle T’Vondre Sweat, and the seventh-ranked Texas Longhorns bid farewell to the Big 12 with a 49-21 win over No. 19 Oklahoma State in the conference championship game.

The Southeastern Conference-bound Longhorns (12-1, No. 7 CFP) will leave the Big 12 with bookend titles, and four overall. They also won it in the league’s inaugural 1996 season, in 2005 when they were last national champs and in 2009 before playing in the BCS national championship game.

Keilan Robinson tiptoed the sideline on a 57-yard run for the first of his two touchdowns in the second half as Texas, the only team to beat Alabama entering Saturday, stayed in playoff contention with its final Big 12 trophy. But the Longhorns need a lot of help to make the four-team College Football Playoff field that will be revealed Sunday, a year before it expands to 12 teams.

Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark, who before the season when addressing a crowd of Texas Tech supporters publicly rooted against the departing Longhorns, said Saturday that Texas would “certainly deserve consideration” for a playoff spot and the league would strongly support it.

With national rushing leader Ollie Gordon II, Oklahoma State (9-4, No. 18 CFP) had won seven of eight games to get to its second Big 12 title game in three years. But Texas scored on its first four possessions, going ahead 28-7 on true freshman CJ Baxter’s 10-yard run early in the second quarter.

Cowboys quarterback Alan Bowman, who previously played at Texas Tech and Michigan, was 22-of-38 passing for 250 yards with two of his three touchdowns going to Rashod Owens.

Gordon came in averaging 137.1 yards per game overall — and 163 in conference games. The sophomore finished with only 34 yards on 13 carries against Sweat and the Big 12’s top rushing defense, which allowed only 85 yards on the ground during the regular season.

Ewers completed 35 of 46 passes and his touchdowns went to four different receivers, the biggest one being the finalist for the Outland Trophy that goes to the nation’s top lineman, offense or defense.

Sweat lined up as a tight end from the Cowboys 2, and no defender followed him into the end zone, where the senior corralled the pass from Ewers in his belly for his first career catch, struck a Heisman Trophy pose and went on to a raucous celebration on the Texas sideline with the Longhorns up 21-7 late in the first quarter.

When Ewers got the wind knocked out of him and had to leave the field for one play late in the third quarter, he was replaced by Maalik Murphy instead of Arch Manning, the heralded recruit who a week earlier made his debut in a 50-point win over Texas Tech. Murphy and Manning both took snaps on the final drive for Texas over the final 6 1/2 minutes against Oklahoma State.

EXTRA POINTS

Texas kicker Bert Auburn’s Big 12-record streak of 19 consecutive made field goals ended when he missed a 44-yard attempt in the final minute of the first half. ... The announced attendance of 84,523 was a record for the Big 12 championship game that was played for the 22nd time, the last nine at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, where it will remain until at least 2031.

Texas athletics press release

December 2, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OkStTex
Tex TD 12:52 Adonai Mitchell 10 yd pass from Quinn Ewers (Bert Auburn kick) 0 7
Tex TD 8:34 Ja'Tavion Sanders 24 yd pass from Quinn Ewers (Bert Auburn kick) 0 14
OkSt TD 5:36 Brennan Presley 5 yd pass from Alan Bowman (Logan Ward kick) 7 14
Tex TD 1:41 T'Vondre Sweat 2 yd pass from Quinn Ewers (Bert Auburn kick) 7 21
Second Quarter OkStTex
Tex TD 11:40 CJ Baxter 10 yd run (Bert Auburn kick) 7 28
OkSt TD 5:50 Rashod Owens 7 yd pass from Alan Bowman (Logan Ward kick) 14 28
Tex TD 2:11 Jaydon Blue 8 yd pass from Quinn Ewers (Bert Auburn kick) 14 35
Third Quarter OkStTex
Tex TD 3:33 Keilan Robinson 57 yd run (Bert Auburn kick) 14 42
Fourth Quarter OkStTex
Tex TD 10:38 Keilan Robinson 11 yd run (Bert Auburn kick) 14 49
OkSt TD 6:26 Rashod Owens 3 yd pass from Alan Bowman (Logan Ward kick) 21 49
Team Stats
  Oklahoma State Texas
First downs 13 33
  Rushing 2 12
  Passing 10 20
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-10, 30% 10-16, 63%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 18-31 40-198
Passing Yards 250 464
Return Yards 124 34
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-38-1 36-47-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--2 1--7
Punts 5 1
Punts-Average 42.8 51
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-24 7-67
Time of Possession 19:54 40:06
Oklahoma State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Bowman 22 38 250 3 1
Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Q. Ewers 35 46 452 4 1
M. Murphy 1 1 12 0 0
Oklahoma State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
O. Gordon II 13 34 2.6 0
S. Vailahi 2 7 3.5 0
A. Bowman 1 -2 -2.0 0
Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Robinson 4 75 18.8 2
C. Baxter 13 43 3.3 1
J. Blue 10 33 3.3 0
S. Red 5 19 3.8 0
J. Sanders 1 12 12.0 0
Q. Wisner 3 11 3.7 0
Q. Ewers 3 6 2.0 0
Oklahoma State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Presley 9 93 10.3 1
R. Owens 4 85 21.3 2
O. Gordon II 4 54 13.5 0
S. Vailahi 2 12 6.0 0
L. Johnson III 2 7 3.5 0
J. Bray 1 -1 -1.0 0
Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Mitchell 6 109 18.2 1
J. Sanders 8 105 13.1 1
X. Worthy 6 86 14.3 0
J. Whittington 4 48 12.0 0
J. Blue 3 38 12.7 1
C. Baxter 4 33 8.3 0
K. Robinson 2 20 10.0 0
J. Cook II 1 12 12.0 0
G. Helm 1 11 11.0 0
T. Sweat 1 2 2.0 1
Oklahoma State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
N. Martin 1 27
Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Crawford 1 0
Oklahoma State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Kaak 5 214 42.8
Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Sanborn 1 51 51.0
Oklahoma State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Presley 1 8 8.0
Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Oklahoma State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Presley 5 89 17.8
Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Robinson 2 34 17.0
Oklahoma State Missed FG
Player Length
Texas Missed FG
Player Length
B. Auburn 44




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