STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA - The Texas Longhorns’ defensive woes continued Saturday giving up 555 yards of offense in a 49-31 loss to the Oklahoma State Sooners.
Texas actually outgained the Cowboys, 568 – 555, but Texas’ defense couldn’t keep Oklahoma State out of the end zone throughout the game.
Against teams from Power 5 conferences this season, Texas’ defense has given up 47 points, 50 points, and then 49 points Saturday to Oklahoma State. The 49 points per game average score against Texas by Power 5 schools is too much for any offense to overcome.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph led the offensive barrage for the Cowboys going 19-28 for 392 yards with three touchdowns and most importantly no interceptions.
Texas quarterback Shane Buechele couldn’t keep pace with Rudolph going 21 for 33 for 239 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The loss complicates matters for the Texas administration. Head coach Charlie Strong started the season with a huge upset of then number 10 Notre Dame. But the Longhorns have dropped two straight and weren’t competitive defensively in either game.
Speculation will swirl around Texas’ defensive coaching staff after the shellacking by Oklahoma State. Strong’s specialty is defense and he said last week he was evaluating the staff throughout the season.