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Horns Come Back to Win Alamo Bowl

Horns Come Back to Win Alamo Bowl

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SAN ANTONIO - Texas (9-4) erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and emerged with a 31-27 victory over Oregon State (9-4) Saturday evening in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Oregon State took a 27-17 lead into the fourth quarter, but Texas drove 83 yards and cut the Oregon State lead to 27-24 midway through the quarter. On third and four from the OSU 15, Texas quarterback David Ash eluded a sack attempt, scrambled to his left and hit running back Johnathan Gray in stride down the sideline for a touchdown.

Defensive ends Alex Okafor and Cedric Reed teamed up for a sack of OSU quarterback Cody Vaz to force an Oregon State punt, and the Horns, behind a 12-yard Quandre Diggs punt return, took over at the OSU 48. On fourth and one from the OSU 39, Gray carried for three yards and a first down. Texas took its first lead of the game on the ensuing play, as Ash hit wide receiver Marquise Goodwin in the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown and a 31-27 Texas lead with 2:24 remaining.

Oregon State had one last shot to regain the lead, but Texas sacked the Beavers' Vaz on OSU's final two plays. Okafor sacked Vaz on third down and finished with an Alamo Bowl record of four-and-a-half sacks. Okafor got a hand on Vaz on fourth down, and linebacker Kendall Thompson was credited with the game-clinching sack. Texas ran out the clock to seal the victory.

Texas punted on its opening possession of the game, but the Longhorns' defense took the ball right back when linebacker Peter Jinkens picked off Vaz at the Beavers' 34 and returned the ball to the OSU 30-yard line.

Three plays later, Texas lined up for a 46-yard field goal attempt, but the Beavers' Scott Crichton blocked Nick Jordan's kick. OSU's Feti Unga returned the ball 14 yards and handed the ball backward to Ryan Murphy, who carried 23 yards to the UT 37. Oregon State converted the points into a turnover, as Trevor Romaine booted a 29-yard field goal with 9:12 left in the first quarter.

The Texas defense forced another turnover when Okafor rushed the pocket and swatted the ball out of Vaz's hand. Reed recovered the ball at the OSU 26. Moments later, Jordan converted a 40-yard field goal to even the tally at three with 6:46 left in the first quarter.

Oregon State regained the lead on its next possession, as Storm Woods raced into the end zone from 12 yards out. Texas punted on its next possession, but an Oregon State offside penalty on the punt gave the ball back to the Horns at the UT 36. Texas immediately made Oregon State pay for its mistake.  On the next play, Goodwin took a reverse from Gray and swept around the left end and down the sideline for a 64-yard touchdown to even the score at 10.

Oregon State drove into Texas territory on its next possession, but on third and 10 from the UT 13, Okafor sacked Vaz at the UT 21 and forced the Beavers to settle for a field goal. Romaine converted from 37 yards out to give OSU a 13-10 lead with 9:20 left in the first half. The Beavers forced a Texas punt, and OSU's Terron Ward ran for a nine-yard touchdown to give Oregon State a 20-10 lead it would take into halftime.

UT's Diggs picked off Oregon State's Vaz and gave the Horns a short field at the OSU 46. UT covered the 46 yards in nine plays and cut the Oregon State lead to 20-17 with 5:17 left in the third quarter. Ash found wide receiver Jaxon Shipley for a key third down completion to the OSU 33. Ash hit Shipley for another first down to the Beavers' 22 and ran for a first down to the OSU 11. Two plays later, Ash called his own number and hurdled over the goal line for the score.

Texas forced an Oregon State punt, but the Beavers' defense created a turnover two plays later. OSU's Andrew Seumalo hit Ash's arm as he delivered a pass, and the Beavers' Unga picked off the resulting wobbly throw and gave Oregon State the ball at the Texas 42.

Five plays later, Woods scored from two yards out to stake Oregon State to a 27-17 lead just before the end of the third quarter. However, that proved to be Oregon State's final score of the game, as Texas closed out the win with its two fourth quarter touchdowns.

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