ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Quinn Ewers set a career high by throwing for 452 yards with four touchdowns, one of them to 362-pound defensive tackle T'Vondre Sweat, and seventh-ranked Texas. The Longhorns bid farewell to the Big 12. A 49-21 win over No. 19 Oklahoma State in the conference championship game on Saturday.
The Southeastern Conference-bound Longhorns (12-1, No. 7 CFP) will leave the Big 12 with a bookend title and four overall. They also won it in the league's inaugural 1996 season, in 2005 when they were national champions for the last time, and in 2009 before playing in the BCS national championship game.
Keilan Robinson sprinted down the sideline for the first of his two touchdowns in the second half on a 57-yard run as Texas, the only team to beat Alabama entering Saturday, remains in the playoff race with its final Big 12 trophy. Remained. But the Longhorns need a lot of help to make the four-team College Football Playoff field that will be revealed Sunday, a year before it expands to 12 teams.
Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormarkwho publicly addressed a crowd of Texas Tech supporters before the season against the departing Longhorns, said Saturday that Texas would "certainly deserve consideration" for a playoff spot and that the league would strongly support it.
Texas fans criticized Yormark and chanted "SEC!" Were raising slogans. During the trophy presentation.
With national rushing leader Ollie Gordon II leading the way, Oklahoma State (9-4, No. 18 CFP) had won seven of eight games to reach its second Big 12 title game in three years. But Texas scored on its first four possessions, going ahead 28–7 on true freshman CJ Baxter's 10-yard run early in the second quarter.
Cowboys quarterback Alan Bowman, who previously played at Texas Tech and Michigan, was 22 of 38 passing for 250 yards and two of his three touchdowns going to Rashod Owens.
Gordon averaged 137.1 yards per game overall – and 163 yards in conference games. The sophomore finished with just 34 yards on 13 carries against Sweat and the Big 12's top rushing defense, which allowed only 85 yards on the ground during the regular season.
Sweat lined up as a tight end from the Cowboys' 2, and no defenders chased him into the end zone, where the senior buried Ewers' pass for his first career catch. heisman trophy pose And there was a wild celebration on the Texas sideline at the end of the first quarter with the Longhorns leading 21–7.
When Evers became winded and had to leave the field for a game late in the third quarter, he was replaced by Mike Murphy, a former player who had a 50-point debut just a week earlier, in favor of Arch Manning. Were. Win over Texas Tech. Murphy and Manning both took snaps in the final 6 1/2 minutes of the final drive for Texas against Oklahoma State.
Texas kicker Bert Auburn's Big 12-record streak of 19 consecutive field goals ended when he missed a 44-yard attempt in the final minute of the first half. ...The announced attendance of 84,523 was a record for the Big 12 Championship Game for the 22nd time it was played, the last nine being at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, where it will remain until at least 2031.
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