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Big 12: With OU ahead, Texas outlasts Oklahoma St.

©Associated Press
October 6, 2002

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorns said they weren't looking past Oklahoma State to their matchup with rival Oklahoma.

Right.

Second-ranked Texas will have a hard time getting anyone to believe that after Saturday's 17-15 victory over the Cowboys. It took cornerback Rod Babers' defensive stop on a two-point conversion and a drive-killing interception in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

"It was a good, hard fight," said Texas quarterback Chris Simms, who passed for 267 yards and a touchdown and ran for another in the Big 12 opener for both.

"I think it's really good we got a good hard test like this."

Entering next weekend's showdown against No. 3 Oklahoma, Texas is 5-0 for the first time since 1983. It went undefeated in the regular season that year.

Texas was anything but perfect Saturday.

Missed field goals, a dropped touchdown pass and an inability to put the Cowboys away in the second nearly did Texas in.

The crowd of 83,116 at Royal-Memorial Stadium was expecting a typical home blowout. But fans couldn't start chanting "Beat OU!" until the final seconds ticked off this one.

"Not many good things happened to us today," said Texas coach Mack Brown, who tried to find the positive.

"It's good to be in tight games because our kids are tested. You need to be in some fights. It's dangerous for us every week."

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OKLAHOMA 31, MISSOURI 24: The Sooners needed trickery to counter the play of the Tigers' Brad Smith, scoring a touchdown on a fake field goal with 6:33 left.

Holder Matt McCoy's perfect lob to Chris Chester, who caught the pass between two defenders, kept the visiting Sooners unbeaten heading into next weekend's game against Texas in Dallas.

Missouri drove to Oklahoma's 35 in the final 20 seconds, but Smith was sacked on fourth down.

Smith, a redshirt freshman, had 213 yards rushing -- a record for a Missouri quarterback -- with two touchdowns. He also threw for 178 yards and a score. He led the Tigers from a 23-7 deficit to a 24-23 lead, but his two fourth-quarter interceptions were costly.

COLORADO 35, KANSAS STATE 31: Robert Hodge threw three touchdowns and Chris Brown ran for 167 yards and two scores as the host Buffs held on in the Big 12 opener for both.

Colorado opened defense of its conference championship with 483 yards of total offense and scoring plays of 94, 85 and 71 yards.

Kansas State, which had scoring plays of 71 and 80 yards, rallied from a 35-14 deficit early in the third quarter but had to settle for a field goal with 2:16 left instead of a tying touchdown.

Wildcats quarterback Ell Roberson, who ran for 178 yards and threw for 83 more, was sacked by defensive tackle Sam Wilder for a 9-yard loss on third down at the Colorado 18.

Jared Brite kicked the field goal, and K-State didn't get the ball back. On third down, Hodge's pass fell incomplete, but defensive back James Dunnigan was called for interference, giving Colorado a first down with 1:24 remaining.

TEXAS TECH 48, TEXAS A&M 47 (OT): Kliff Kingsbury threw his fifth touchdown in overtime and Robert Treece followed with the extra point as the visiting Red Raiders rallied from an 18-point deficit.

The Aggies' loss spoiled a stellar performance by quarterback Dustin Long, who threw seven touchdowns to set a Big 12 record. His last score was a 3-yard strike to Terrence Thomas in the extra period that put Texas A&M ahead 47-41.

But John Pierson missed the extra point -- his second of the game -- to leave the door open for Tech.

In addition to the extra point, Treece kicked two 42-yard field goals, the second of which forced overtime.

NEBRASKA 38, McNEESE STATE 14: Jammal Lord set school records for total yards and rushing yards by a quarterback as the host Cornhuskers bounced back from consecutive losses with a win against the Division I-AA Cowboys.

Lord ran 17 times for 218 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the school's single-game rushing mark of 199 yards, set by Tommie Frazier in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl against Florida. Lord completed 12 of 18 passes for 151 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

BAYLOR 35, KANSAS 32: Daniel Andino kicked a 33-yard field goal with a half-second left as the host Bears ended a 29-game conference losing streak. Baylor blew an early 14-0 lead but scored 11 points in the final 1:18. The Bears beat the Jayhawks for their last Big 12 win, on Oct. 10, 1998.

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