AUSTIN, TEXAS – Ben Grogan kicked a 40-yard field goal with 6 seconds left, lifting No. 24 Oklahoma State to a 30-27 win over Texas on Saturday, giving the Cowboys their fourth consecutive win on the Longhorns' home field.
Grogan had tied the game with a 41-yarder with 1:33 left. The game appeared headed for overtime a minute later until Texas punter Michael Dickson, a rugby player from Australia, fumbled a deep snap and scrambled to get off a 10-yard punt near his own end zone.
Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) almost didn't get a chance at Grogan's game-winner when the Cowboys were penalized with 10 seconds left. But because they still had a timeout, it did not force the 10-second runoff and Grogan calmly drilled the final kick.
Texas (1-3, 0-1) scored two defensive TDs but fell to one its worst starts in more than 50 years.
It was the second straight week Texas was stung by a late special teams gaffe.
In a 45-44 loss to California, a missed extra point with 71 seconds left prevented a chance for overtime and spoiled a rally from 21 points down. In this one, Texas led 27-24 late before an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against coach Charlie Strong gave Oklahoma State an extra 15 yards to set up Grogan's game-tying kick.
Then came the botched punt that helped close the door on the Longhorns' 22nd loss in 27 games against ranked opponents.
Strong is 7-10 in his second season at Texas, which last started 1-3 in 1956, the year before Darrell Royal arrived and built the program into a national power.