Texas 47, Oklahoma State 28
Vince Young rushed for a career-high 267 yards and two scores and threw two touchdown passes as Texas scorched Oklahoma State in the second half for a third straight season to win, 47-28, on Saturday night.
In the past three meetings, the Longhorns have outscored Oklahoma State 118-0 in the second half after trailing at halftime in each game.
Texas came back from a 35-7 deficit last season, scoring 42 unanswered points in the second half of a 56-35 win in Austin. A year earlier, the Cowboys led 16-14 in Stillwater before the Longhorns reeled off 41 consecutive points.
This time, the No. 2 Longhorns (8-0, 5-0) trailed by 19 points before rallying to stay on track to earn a spot in the Rose Bowl and play for the national title. The Longhorns passed defending national champion Southern California by .0007 for the top spot in the Bowl Championship Series ratings this week.
"We did not even start off flat," Young said. "If you watch film, we were playing our game. It was because they were pumped and they were excited, especially being at home in front of their fans. Who's not going to be excited playing the No. 1 team in the nation?
"As a team, we decided that we had to shut these guys up and that is what we did."
After struggling against the last-place Cowboys (3-5, 0-5) -- the only Big 12 team without a conference win -- the Longhorns might have opened the door for third-place Virginia Tech to close the gap in the BCS standings, but the late rally could limit the damage.
Young ignited the comeback with an 80-yard touchdown scramble on the third play of the second half and added an eight-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to bring the Longhorns within 28-26. He then found tight end Neale Tweedie open for his first career touchdown on a 21-yard post pattern to give Texas a 34-28 lead.
"The guy's a character," Tweedie said of Young. "He's so confident and he just knows he's going to make something happen. It's just a matter of time."
Ramonce Taylor added touchdown runs from 57 and 12 yards in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Earlier, Young threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to David Thomas to give him the most touchdown catches for a tight end in Texas history with 13.
In the process, Young set school records for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback and the most yards of total offense in a game.
Young ran for 133 yards on 12 first-half carries, but that was overshadowed by his two turnovers and two unique connections between Al Pena and D'Juan Woods for Oklahoma State scores.
The Cowboys caught the Longhorns off-guard on a fourth and one on their second possession when they broke the huddle quickly with three backs, snapped the ball immediately and Pena faked a handoff to Julius Crosslin up the middle before tossing a 49-yard touchdown pass to Woods, who was 15 yards beyond the nearest defender.
After a Young fumble late in the first half, Pena zipped a pass to Luke Frazier, but it deflected into the air and Woods snagged it with his right hand and zoomed into the end zone for a 30-yard score and a 28-9 Cowboys lead.
Pena also capitalized on a Young interception in the first quarter by scoring on a 17-yard option run one play later. Pena finished with 152 yards on 12-for-27 passing.