Oklahoma State football vs. Texas A&M recap: Cowboys hold off Aggies to win Texas Bowl (2024)

The Oklahoma State Cowboys face the Texas A&M Aggies on Wednesday night at NRG Stadium in Houston. Here is what you need to know about the Texas Bowl:

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FINAL: Oklahoma State 31, Texas A&M 23

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Fourth quarter: Randy Bond makes it a one-score game

With 5:07 left in the fourth quarter, Texas A&M kicker Randy Bond made a Texas Bowl-record 51-yard field goal off the crossbar to cut OSU's lead to 31-23.

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Fourth quarter: Cowboys turn it over right back to Aggies

Alan Bowman overthrows Rashod Owens. Interception.

Fourth quarter: Nick Martin recovers A&M fumble at OSU 1-yard line

Oklahoma State linebacker Xavier Benson poked the ball loose from Texas A&M running back Amari Daniels and the fumble was scooped up by OSU’s Nick Martin at the 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

It looked like Daniels might score, or if not, would have the Aggies set up inside the 10 with OSU clinging to a 31-20 lead.

But the takeaway — OSU’s first of the night — came at the perfect time.

Texas A&M had scored on each of its first two possessions of the second half.

— Scott Wright

Third quarter: Texas A&M’s Marcel Reed rushes for score

Texas A&M once again cut into OSU’s lead, this time with quarterback Marcel Reed rushing for a touchdown to get the Aggies within 31-20 at the 4:08 mark of the third quarter.

Reed, the true freshman who entered early in the game after starter Jaylen Henderson was injured, got outside going to his right and found open space against the Cowboy defense.

After being limited to just two field goals in the first half, Texas A&M has scored two straight touchdowns to start the third quarter.

— Scott Wright

Third quarter: Rashod Owens adds TD to career night

OSU receiver Rashod Owens had already set his personal best for receiving yards in a game before he pulled in his second touchdown of the night.

His 18-yard grab for the score at the 7:17 mark of the third quarter gave OSU a 31-13 lead on Texas A&M.

The TD was his ninth catch of the night for a career-best 155 yards.

Owens’ previous single-game best was 136 yards on 10 catches against OU earlier this season. He also had two touchdown catches in the Big 12 title game against Texas.

— Scott Wright

Third quarter: Texas A&M turns pick into points

Texas A&M ended OSU’s opening possession of the third quarter with an interception and the Aggie offense showed its most life of the night on a six-play, 60-yard touchdown drive to cut OSU’s lead to 24-13.

A&M’s Amari Daniels finished off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, the Aggies’ first touchdown of the night.

Texas A&M’s Dalton Brooks came up with the interception that halted an OSU drive that seemed to be moving down the field smoothly.

— Scott Wright

Half: Oklahoma State 24, Texas A&M 6

Second quarter: Ollie Gordon II extends OSU lead

Ollie Gordon II picked up his 21 rushing touchdown of the season and first of the night, a 1-yard score to give Oklahoma State a 24-6 lead on Texas A&M with 35 seconds left in the first half.

The TD brought Gordon to 60 yards on 15 carries for the game.

The touchdown was set up by a 17-yard pass from Alan Bowman to fullback Braden Cassity on third-and-9. OSU also converted a fourth-and-2 with a 14-yard pass to Brennan Presley earlier in the drive.

Bowman is 18-of-27 for 215 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

— Scott Wright

Second quarter: Gunnar Gundy rushes for a touchdown

Though he has entered the transfer portal after his third season with Oklahoma State, quarterback Gunnar Gundy got one more highlight to put OSU up 17-6 in the second quarter.

The redshirt sophom*ore son of coach Mike Gundy entered the game with the Cowboy offense at the Texas A&M 10-yard line, taking the snap on a quarterback draw. Running behind Ollie Gordon II, Gundy sprinted untouched into the end zone for the first rushing touchdown of his career.

The drive was highlighted by a 34-yard pass from slot receiver Brennan Presley to Rashod Owens, which set the stage for Gundy’s rush.

— Scott Wright

Second quarter: Aggies add another field goal

Texas A&M trimmed OSU’s Texas Bowl lead to 10-6 at the 11:31 mark of the second quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Randy Bond.

It was Bond’s second field goal in as many possessions.

Since entering the game on the first possession, A&M quarterback Marcel Reed has completed six of 10 passes for 90 yards.

— Scott Wright

First quarter: Rashod Owens' TD catch puts Cowboys up 10-3

Oklahoma State took a 10-3 lead on a 13-yard pass from Alan Bowman to Rashod Owens with 21 seconds left in the first quarter.

Owens, who has four catches for 63 yards, pulled in the fade throw, getting one foot down in the corner of the end zone for the score.

Ollie Gordon II powered the 65-yard drive with a few strong runs totaling 29 yards. Gordon is up to 47 yards on eight carries over two possessions.

— Scott Wright

First quarter: Texas A&M ties it up

Texas A&M got close enough to throw to the end zone a couple times, but ended up settling for a 37-yard field goal to tie the Texas Bowl at 3.

Randy Bond converted the field goal with 4:34 left in the first quarter, capping a 56-yard drive led by the Aggies’ backup quarterback Marcel Reed.

— Scott Wright

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First quarter: Oklahoma State scores first in Texas Bowl

Oklahoma State super-senior Alex Hale booted a 19-yard field goal to cap the Cowboys’ opening offensive possession for a 3-0 lead on Texas A&M.

The drive went from the OSU 13-yard line to the A&M 2 before stalling out for the field goal.

One of the key themes of OSU’s strong run through October and early November was the offense’s knack for scoring on the opening drive.

OSU running back Ollie Gordon II carried three times for 18 yards and Alan Bowman was 4-of-6 passing for 67 yards on the drive.

— Scott Wright

First quarter: injured on opening play

Texas A&M quarterback Jaylen Henderson fell awkwardly on his arm on the Aggies’ first offensive snap of the game and appeared to suffer a significant injury.

He left the game and was replaced by true freshman Marcel Reed. The Aggies punted three plays later.

Henderson, a left-handed thrower, rolled out to his left and jumped to avoid a hit by OSU defender Cameron Epps. Epps clipped Henderson’s legs and Henderson came down hard on his arm. After being examined on the field, he was taken directly to the locker room.

— Scott Wright

Pregame: Texas A&M might be real low on players

Pregame: No De’Zhaun Stribling for Oklahoma State

Though he had returned to practice during bowl preparations, Oklahoma State receiver De’Zhaun Stribling will not play in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday.

The receiver played in four regular-season games before suffering an arm injury that ended his season. By not surpassing the four-game NCAA limit during the regular season, he will be considered a redshirt junior next season, but he still could have played in the bowl without it counting against his redshirt status.

Third-string quarterback Gunnar Gundy, who is in the transfer portal, is dressed for the game.

Running back Elijah Collins, who missed the last four games, is healthy again and will serve as the backup to Ollie Gordon II, along with true freshman Sesi Vailahi.

— Scott Wright, Staff writer

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2023 Oklahoma State football schedule

What's thebest-case and worst-case scenario for each game in 2023? Scott Wright breaks it all down.

  • Sept. 2:Oklahoma State 27, Central Arkansas 13
  • Sept. 9: Oklahoma State 27, Arizona State 15
  • Sept. 16:South Alabama 33, Oklahoma State 7
  • Sept. 23:Iowa State 34, Oklahoma State 27
  • Oct. 6:Oklahoma State 29, Kansas State 21
  • Oct. 14:Oklahoma State 39, Kansas 32
  • Oct. 21:Oklahoma State 48, West Virginia 34
  • Oct. 28: Oklahoma State 45, Cincinnati 13
  • Nov. 4: Oklahoma State 27, Oklahoma 24
  • Nov. 11:UCF 45, Oklahoma State 3
  • Nov. 18:Oklahoma State 43, Houston 30
  • Nov. 25:Oklahoma State 40, BYU 34 (2OTs)
  • Dec. 2: Texas 49, Oklahoma State 21 (Big 12 Championship Game)
  • Dec. 27: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M, 8 p.m. (ESPN) in Texas Bowl

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2023 Texas A&M football schedule

  • Sept. 2: Texas A&M 52, New Mexico 10
  • Sept. 9: Miami 48, Texas A&M 33
  • Sept. 16: Texas A&M 47, UL Monroe 3
  • Sept. 23: Texas A&M 27, Auburn 10
  • Sept. 30: Texas A&M 34, Arkansas 22
  • Oct. 7: Alabama 26, Texas A&M 20
  • Oct. 14: Tennessee 20, Texas A&M 13
  • Oct. 28: Texas A&M 30, South Carolina 17
  • Nov. 4: Ole Miss 38, Texas A&M 35
  • Nov. 11: Texas A&M 51, Mississippi State 10
  • Nov. 18: Texas A&M 38, Abilene Christian 10
  • Nov. 25: LSU 42, Texas A&M 30

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