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September 28, 2012

No. 12 Texas next test for Oklahoma State defense

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No. 12 Texas (3-0) at Oklahoma State (2-1), 7:50 p.m. (Fox)

Line: Texas by 2 1/2.

Series Record: Texas leads 22-4.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

In an early-season test for both teams, the Cowboys start the defense of their first Big 12 title against a Longhorns team out to prove this strong start isn’t a fluke.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma State running backs vs. Texas defense. With backup J.W. Walsh likely to start in place of injured starting QB Wes Lunt, the Cowboys will need contributions from RBs Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith to set up the play-action passing game that worked so well for Walsh when he was thrust into duty against Louisiana-Lafayette. Smith had 140 yards and two TDs on seven carries last year in OSU’s second straight win against the Longhorns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas: DE Alex Okafor. With three sacks this season, the NFL prospect leads the Longhorns’ defensive front against an OSU offensive line that hasn’t given up a sack in three games — and 134 pass attempts — this season. However, it was a blitzing defender that got to Lunt and hit him as he threw the ball away.

Oklahoma State: WR Josh Stewart. He played with Walsh at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, and the two hooked up frequently after Walsh replaced Lunt in the last game. Stewart had a career-high 104 yards receiving, tied his career best with nine catches and scored twice. A game earlier, he caught nine of Lunt’s passes.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma State has won nine straight games against teams from Texas, dating back to the loss to the Longhorns in 2009. ... Texas is 6-0 in Stillwater under Mack Brown. ... Out of the Longhorns’ seven takeaways this season, three are interceptions by cornerback Quandre Diggs. ... The Cowboys lead the nation in scoring (62.3 ppg). Texas is seventh (49.3).

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