So far, in the Big 12 Championship game, Oklahoma State hasn’t exactly impressed with its tackling or defensive physicality. No. 7 Texas has gotten out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter and has scored on all three of its offensive drives. However, the Cowboys decided to get physical, a little late on a play in the first quarter.
Sophomore running back Jaydon Blue finished the first quarter with two carries for 18 yards, and he has one catch for 15 yards. That reception ended with a big hit from Oklahoma State defensive back D.J. McKinney, but it may not have been a legal one.
The Big 12 officials didn’t throw a flag on the play, but you can decide: was McKinney’s hit on Blue late?
It looked like Blue was already out of bounds before McKinney de-cleated him. From the look of things, Oklahoma State isn’t going to have many opportunities for big hits in this game. The Longhorns capped off that drive with a big-man touchdown to throw to defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat.
Texas has been dominant, specifically with its stable of running backs. Jonathan Brooks is out for the season with a torn ACL, but CJ Baxter, Blue, and Keilan Robinson combined for 20 rushing yards and 68 receiving yards in the first quarter.
Longhorns fans wrote off the missed penalty as a make-up call for a questionable defensive pass interference flag that allowed Oklahoma State to march down the field and score its only touchdown in the quarter.
The Longhorns look to be cruising to a Big 12 championship, whether the refs help them or not.