STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor barreled his way through the guard and center and slapped Texas’ second extra-point attempt down with both hands.
On the ball’s third hop, Taylor scooped it up and began rumbling the other way. But as he was about to be dragged down from behind, the 310-pounder flipped the ball like an option quarterback to teammate Tre Flowers, who dashed all the way for the rare defensive two-point conversion.
Texas did not convert a single kick the rest of the afternoon. And behind three blocked extra points, Oklahoma State steamrolled the Longhorns 49-31 at Boone Pickens Stadium to stake its place in the Big 12 title conversation.
And warm up Texas coach Charlie Strong’s seat just a little bit more.
The Cowboys’ three blocked extra points tied for the most by an FBS team in a game dating back to least 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Taylor blocked two of those extra points and fellow defensive tackle Darrion Daniels got his hands on the other. Oklahoma State’s extra-point defense ended up outscoring Texas’ extra-point offense 2-1. The Longhorns later tried a 46-yard field goal but misfired on that, and they wound going up for two after the next and final touchdown. That attempt failed as well.
Unfortunately for Strong, his beleaguered defense wasn’t any better than his extra-point team.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph shredded the Longhorns for 392 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys finished with 555 yards of offense.
Texas came into the weekend with the nation’s No. 106 scoring defense, which, after giving up 50 in a loss at Cal two weeks ago, prompted Strong to hint that he might demote defensive coordinator Vance Bedford.
Instead, after the off week, Strong stood by Bedford and said that he “had a lot of confidence in” his defensive coordinator.
But the Longhorns’ defensive struggles seemed to only balloon in Stillwater.
Through four games, Texas’ defense has forced only one turnover and has yet to intercept a pass.
In their opener, the Longhorns seemed to have finally turn a corner under Strong when they toppled Notre Dame in overtime. But after back-to-back losses, including two consecutive miserable performances defensively, the heat could be back on Strong going into next Saturday's clash against rival Oklahoma in Dallas.