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Oklahoma St. 42, Texas 16

October 4, 1997

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Freshman quarterback Tony Lindsay played like a veteran, running for 126 yards and three touchdowns while Oklahoma State’s defense shackled Ricky Williams in a 42-16 victory over Texas on Saturday.

Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored 22 first-quarter points and quickly showed that things would be different than a year ago, when the Cowboys lost 71-14 at Texas. The Cowboys are 5-0 for the first time in a decade and 2-0 in league play for the first time since 1972.

Williams, who gained 259 yards against Rice last week, had 4 at halftime and finished with 79 on 16 carries against the nation’s second-ranked rushing defense.

Oklahoma State hadn’t scored more than 14 points in 11 prior meetings with Texas, but surpassed that total after two drives. The Cowboys finished with 424 yards compared with 240 for Texas (2-2, 0-1).

Lindsay, a redshirt freshman, scored on an 11-yard option keeper three minutes into the game and added a 1-yard run a short time later for a 15-0 lead. Then in the final minute of the first quarter, R.W. McQuarters returned a punt 78 yards for a backbreaking touchdown.

The Cowboys led 29-0 at halftime thanks to a 1-yard run by fullback Kevin Brown.

Texas scored its first touchdown on a 24-yard pass from James Brown to Cortney Epps with 4:02 left in the third, and converted the 2-point play to make it 29-8. The TD came two plays after Kevin Williams intercepted Brown, only to fumble during the return.

Lindsay promptly canceled out that Longhorn touchdown by going 55 yards for a score on the next drive.

Williams scored on a 21-yard run early in the fourth quarter to get the Longhorns within 36-16, but two field goals by Tim Sydnes ended any thoughts of a comeback.

Just about everything went right for the Cowboys in the first half, and when something bad happened they still came out OK.

Texas came up with an interception in the second quarter, stopping OSU at the Longhorn 31. But on the next play, Brown fumbled while scrambling and the Cowboys recovered at the Longhorn 28. Eight plays later, on fourth-and-goal at the 1, Brown scored to make it 29-0.

Texas made just one first down in the first quarter and totaled 38 yards _ 34 on one completion. Williams had only one carry in the second quarter, an 8-yard gain to the OSU 18, but it was wiped out by a holding penalty and the Longhorns wound up punting.

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