The Cowboys have been living dangerously, and it finally caught up with them. On a night when Rudolph threw for 400+ with no interceptions, and OSU won the turnover battle 3-0, our boys were off from the beginning, and it felt like it was just a matter of time.
Miscues all over the field. Horrible offensive line play. Safeties were asleep for almost three quarters. Drops. Missed tackles and undisciplined play from the defensive line. Let's throw in double digit punts.
The play calling on both sides of the ball was suspect. Credit to Baylor, they came out ready to play.
In the end, however, it was the inability of the offense to take advantage when chances were presented, and that inability starts with the offensive line. The run game was even more non-existent than in previous outings, and Rudolph was regularly harassed and hit, even when Baylor only rushed three. On the other side, Ogbah was generally neutralized, although he did contribute heavily to Stidham's departure at halftime.
OSU was in this game as the 2nd half started, but the offense whiffed, then the curse of the third string former WR turned QB struck.
The Cowboys tried to make a fight of it late, but the coaching staff saved the most ridiculous decision of the night for a totally unnecessary onside kick, with 5 minutes remaining, trailing by 10, and all your time outs. I mean, that was just desperately stupid.
For the first time this season, OSU was soundly beaten in all aspects of the game, including getting completely out-coached.
Time to chill, regroup, and get ready for a Bedlam matchup that may still be for the conference title.