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Find a way: Cowboys down Longhorns on heels of fourth quarter comeback

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Brennan Presley's touchdown celebration in the fourth quarter. 

AUSTIN, Tx.--Oklahoma State was down double-digits twice against Texas, and the Cowboys clawed back from both.

The first time came early in the game. The Cowboys came out sluggish and fell down 17-3 early in the second quarter, and the offense wasn’t doing the team any favors.

Then like a movie script, Jason Taylor II made a play. Taylor II sat in his disguised zone just as defensive coordinator Jim Knowles designed. Taylor II waited and dared Texas quarterback Casey Thompson to throw the ball.

Thompson did and Taylor did what he does when he is on the field.

He made a play.

Intercepting Thompson’s pass and taking it 85 yards to the house for OSU’s first touchdown of the game, Taylor’s third of his career.

“We won the turnovers here, and then obviously [Jason Taylor II], he just seems to be around the ball, and when he touches it he gets a chance to score,” coach Mike Gundy said. “At that time, we needed a lift. We have fizzed out and kicked a bunch of field goals weren't functioning very well. So we needed a lift at that time.”

All the while OSU’s offensive struggles remained.

“The first half to me felt like the second half have been going for us throughout the season,” offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn said. 

The Cowboys added a field goal at the end of the first half to make the deficit four.

On Texas’ first drive of the second half the deficit again rose to double-digits on a Bijan Robinson 38-yard dash through the OSU defense. It was Robinson’s third of the game.

At the time Robinson was out dueling his OSU counterpart, Jaylen Warren, but then OSU’s defense shut down the Texas offense.

All while OSU’s offense found its wheels in the fourth quarter. The rise began with the team’s first third quarter points all season. After 85 minutes and 11 seconds of third quarters this season OSU kicker Tanner Brown ended the drought with a 21-yard field goal.

“We faced adversity, every game so far, this was just another,” Taylor said. “ I think our team came together to get this win.”

OSU outgained Texas 170-1 in yards in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys offense turned to what had been working all season, Warren, who eventually surpassed Robinson in rushing yards.

Warren ended with 193 yards on 33 carries.

“Ultimately, I like winning, so whatever I can do if that’s 30 carries or zero carries as long as you’re playing that’s all that matters” Warren said.

All season the Cowboys have found a way to win in close games in all six of their games this season but Texas bolstered the culture of the team.

The defense defended the ship while the offense tried to find their sea legs and eventually the Cowboys took over the game 32-24.

“This was a really really good culture win for us as an organization,” Gundy said.

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