Sam Ehlinger passed for 281 yards and four touchdowns, and Keaontay Ingram ran for a career-high 114 yards as No. 12 Texas defeated Oklahoma State 36-30 on Saturday night in Austin, Texas, in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
The Longhorns (3-1) snapped a five-game home losing streak to Oklahoma State, as Ehlinger hit on 20 of 28 passes, with Devin Duvernay leading a group of seven Texas receivers with a career-high-tying 12 catches for 108 yards.
Ehlinger's 29-yard scramble of third down with 1:02 to play cemented the game for Texas. He had 70 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders matched Ehlinger until the end, throwing for 268 yards and rushing for 109 more. The Cowboys' Chuba Hubbard, who entered the game as the nation's leading runner, managed 121 on 37 carries, and wideout Tylan Wallace, the nation's leading receiver, was held to 83 yards on five catches.
Texas led 21-20 after a wild first half in which Ehlinger threw three of his touchdown passes, a 6-yarder to Duvernay, one from 17 yards to Jake Smith and a 73-yard catch-and-run to Brennan Eagles.
The Cowboys (3-1) countered with TD runs by Sanders and Hubbard from 7 and 1 yards, respectively, and two goals by Matt Ammendola from 20 and 43 yards.
Oklahoma State moved in front 23-21 with a 27-yard Ammendola field goal at the 8:02 mark of the third quarter. The scoring kick capped an 11-play, 74-yard drive. Texas then used a double-reverse flea-flicker that ended in a 25-yard TD pass from Ehlinger to Cade Brewer to regain a 28-23 lead with 5:30 to play in the third quarter.
After the Longhorns stopped Oklahoma State on a fake field goal attempt, Texas drove 73 yards in six plays to a 2-yard TD run by Roschon Johnson. Ehlinger then hit Johnson for a pass for a two-point conversion and a 36-23 advantage.
Hubbard rolled around left in with 1:37 to play brought the Cowboys to within 36-30, but Ehlinger used his feet in the final drive to assure Texas's win.
--Field Level Media