Oklahoma State's defense has gotten a bad rap this year thanks to some deceiving final numbers.
It made enough plays to get a 38-26 win in Austin, the program's second in two years after winning just two of 24 games against the Longhorns before last season.
Oklahoma State gave up just one offensive touchdown in the second half, which included a goal-line stand and a fumble recovery in OSU territory late in the fourth quarter.
A less-than-stellar day from the offense still resulted in 38 points on the road against the Texas defense. For Oklahoma State, that's now 18 consecutive games with at least 30 points when Justin Blackmon is in the lineup.
Brandon Weeden had a season-low 222 yards on 23-of-41 passing. Not a good day for him, but the defense picked up the slack in this one. For Oklahoma State, winning with style is fruitless. The road to an unprecedented national title season is paved. They only need to win.
The Cowboys did that today.
Texas has to be encouraged by the progression of one of its freshmen today. Malcolm Brown racked up a career high 135 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, but true freshmen David Ash (22-of-40, 139 yards, 2 INTs) and Jaxon Shipley (3 receptions, 22 yards) were unimpressive.
The biggest development, though, was the disappearance of Case McCoy. McCoy didn't throw a pass on Saturday and spent the majority of the day with a headset on, rather than a helmet.
My guess is that continues through the rest of the season. Ash is nowhere near as limited in the packages he can run, which was the case earlier this season in comparison to McCoy.
Ash has superior physical skills, and showed them today, despite his underwhelming stat line.
A good day for Oklahoma State's defense, though. Texas managed 370 yards of offense, below the Longhorns' average of just over 388 this season.