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Texas vs. Oklahoma State: Ash shines in 41-36 win

A dramatic game that came down to the final moments was decided by the brilliant play of the Longhorns sophomore QB.

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David Ash stars as Longhorns avoid upset bid

The Texas Longhorns survived an upset bid in Stillwater on Saturday night, escaping with a 41-36 win thanks to a late drive by David Ash and the Texas offense.

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Ash comes of age in last-second comeback

The sophomore QB emerged into his own on Saturday night, leading Texas to a dramatic 41-36 comeback win with an 8-play 75 yard drive in the game's final moments.

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Longhorns survive in 41-36 thriller

The No. 12 Texas Longhorns avoided an upset in Stillwater on Saturday night, beating Oklahoma State 41-36 to go to 4-0 on the season.

The Longhorns held a 21-17 lead at the half, after a wild first quarter saw 35 total points scored between the two teams. Texas took a 14-7 lead thanks to two quick David Ash touchdown passes to Jaxon Shipley and Marquise Goodqin giving the Longhorns the lead with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the first quarter.

The Cowboys would take a 33-28 lead in the fourth quarter, using an effective option offense to run the ball down the field and capped by a Joseph Randle 2-yard touchdown run. The Longhorns answered by sticking to the basics, running on eight-of-nine plays on the next drive, going 75 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

Quinn Sharp's 24-yard field goal would give Oklahoma State a 36-34 lead with just over two minutes remaining, yet David Ash would lead the Longhorns down the field for the go-ahead touchdown on Joe Bergeron's 2-yard rush.

Box Score Hero: It may have been in a loss, but Joseph Randle's 25-carry, 199-yard, two touchdown game cannot be overlooked.

Rankings Ramifications: Texas may see their No. 12 ranking at risk with such a close win, especially given the struggles of the defense.

But Did They Cover? Texas was favored by just two points in the contest, yet covered with the late touchdown.

Next Week's Schedule:

Oklahoma State: 10/13 @ Kansas

Texas: 10/6 vs. No. 9 West Virginia

This story was originally published on SB Nation.com.

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Longhorns holding slim 28-26 lead after 3 quarters

Another wild quarter in Stillwater, as the Texas Longhorns lead Oklahoma State 28-26 heading into the fourth quarter.

David Ash made his first big mistake of the season in the third quarter, throwing his first interception this year at the Cowboys 12-yard line that killed a lengthy Longhorns drive to start the half. The Longhorns has missed a prime chance for a big play, when a Jaxon Shipley option pass missed a wide open Mike Davis downfield.

The Cowboys would turn the ensuing 10-play drive into three points, with J.W. Walsh barely getting away with an ill-advised pass to the end zone.

Texas would answer with another lengthy drive, with David Ash capping off a 13-play, 75-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Shipley. Ash's third touchdown pass of the game would give the Longhorns a 28-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma State would victimize the Longhorns defense once more, needing just two plays to score following another lengthy kickoff return.

The Longhorns have now allowed 392 yards of total offense through three quarters.

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Longhorns lead 21-17 at the half

The vaunted No. 12 Texas defense struggled in the first half against Oklahoma State, as the Longhorns lead the Cowboys 21-17 at the half in Stillwater.

The Cowboys opened the scoring in the first minute of the game, with Joseph Randle breaking several tackles on his way to a 69-yard touchdown run on a play that would set the tempo for the rest of the half. The Longhorns would instantly respond, with David Ash throwing two touchdowns to Jaxon Shipley less than two minutes apart and giving the Longhorns their first lead of the game.

A J.W. Walsh touchdown pass to Josh Stewart, which featured more missed tackles by the Texas Longhorns, briefly tied the game at 14. The Longhorns would take the lead once more on the very next play, as Quinn Sharp returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

Oklahoma State would miss a field goal in the final seconds of the half, and Texas would walk away with a thin 21-17 lead.

The Longhorns, statistically one of the best defenses in the country, allowed 283 total yards on offense in the first half, including 168 yards rushing. On the good side, David Ash was 12-of-16 for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

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Texas down 3 players against Oklahoma State

Texas is going to be missing linebacker Jordan Hicks, kicker Anthony Fera and defensive tackle Brandon Moore when they take on Oklahoma State

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Will Wes Lunt play vs. Texas? OK-State not saying

Mike Gundy chose not to disclose the status of quarterback Wes Lunt on Friday.

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Oklahoma State vs. Texas: Testing the Longhorns D

The Texas defense is more complicated and aggressive than it was in 2011. Manny Diaz is hoping that won't backfire on them on Saturday.

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OSU could look much different Saturday

The Texas Longhorns might have trouble seeing the Oklahoma State Cowboys when the two teams meet this weekend, as it appears OSU is set to unveil a camouflage-infused new uniform scheme.

According to SB Nation OSU blog Cowboys Ride for Free, the Cowboys will have new uniforms for Saturday's game. Royal John cites a source within the program and posted these pictures from "somewhere within the OSU athletic facility."

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For hunting enthusiasts, it's the best of both worlds by combining orange with camouflage. For everyone else ... we'll see. There are a wide arrange of comments on the blog. Some like the look, some hate it, but the OSU fans all seem to agree it doesn't matter so long as the Cowboys win.

As far as the actual game, the Cowboys host the No. 12 Longhorns Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., at 7:50 p.m. in a game televised by FOX. It'll be the Big 12 opener for both teams.

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The status of Wes Lunt for Saturday is unknown

The status of Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt for Saturday's showdown with the No. 12 Texas Longhorns is still uncertain. OSU coach Mike Gundy has hinted that Lunt may return to practice before the Texas game, but it still appears doubtful that he'll be able to play. J.W. Walsh would be leading the Cowboy attack if Lunt is unable to play.

For the OSU offensive line, it really doesn't seem to matter who is under center. Lane Taylor was asked about what would change if Walsh makes the start, and he had the following to say (via The Oklahoman):

They just tell us to block, and we just block. It doesn't really change much of what we do. They just call the play, and we try to perform.

Running back Jeremy Smith didn't seem to feel the potential change would make much difference to the running attack either, as evidenced by his comment:

We're pretty much just like, give us the ball.

If Walsh is called on to start, it will be the first of his career. The freshman quarterback has thrown for 496 yards and six touchdowns while backing up Lunt this season, and has generally looked very good when he's been on the field. The Cowboys will host the Longhorns at 6:50 p.m. CT on Saturday.

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