In a commanding display of prowess, the seventh-ranked Texas Longhorns clinched the 2023 Big 12 title with a resounding 49-21 victory over the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys in the highly anticipated 2023 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship held at Arlington, Texas.
With a career-best performance, Quinn Ewers, showcasing his exceptional talent, soared to new heights, amassing an impressive 452 passing yards and delivering four touchdowns. Among his remarkable throws was a memorable connection to T’Vondre Sweat, the 362-pound defensive tackle, who secured a touchdown in a standout moment during the game.
UT’s triumph marks their fourth overall Big 12 football championship title. Their previous victories were sealed in the inaugural 1996 season, during their 2005 national championship campaign, and in 2009 before competing in the BCS national championship game.
Texas Longhorns Secure 2023 Big 12 Title:
The Longhorns exhibited their strength throughout the game, with Keilan Robinson’s electrifying 57-yard touchdown run and a stellar defensive effort reinforcing their prowess as a team. Despite the pressure, Texas remained a formidable contender in the playoff race, the only team to defeat Alabama leading up to the championship.
Prominent 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark strongly supported Texas, affirming they would “certainly deserve consideration” for a playoff spot based on their stellar performance in the championship game.
Oklahoma State, led by national rushing leader Ollie Gordon II, entered the game on a high note, having secured victories in seven of their last eight matchups. However, they encountered a staunch Texas defense that limited Gordon’s usual explosiveness, allowing only 34 yards on 13 carries against the Big 12’s top rushing defense.
Quarterback Alan Bowman led the Cowboys’ offensive efforts, completing 22 of 38 passes for 250 yards and orchestrating three touchdowns, two of which found Rashod Owens in the end zone.
Quinn Ewers displayed remarkable accuracy, completing 35 of 46 passes and distributing touchdowns to four receivers, showcasing his versatility and precision on the field. The game’s highlight came with T’Vondre Sweat’s memorable touchdown reception, marking a historic moment in his career as he celebrated amidst the roaring support of the Texas sideline.
Record-Breaking Moments: Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma State:
The game witnessed a record-breaking attendance of 84,523 spectators, establishing a new high for the Big 12 Championship game. Quinn Ewers was rightfully awarded the 2023 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player, setting three new Big 12 Championship records with his stellar performance.
Additionally, the first half saw a flurry of scoring as Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State combined for 49 points, setting a new record for the most points scored in a half during a title game.
The Texas Longhorns’ victory is a testament to their exceptional skill and teamwork, solidifying their position as a formidable force in college football and positioning them favorably for potential playoff contention.