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Recap: Oklahoma State defense shines in 44-21 win against Boise State

This defense is the real deal.

NCAA Football: Boise State at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Who would have thought that special teams would make a difference for Oklahoma State in a good way? This game did not go as fans, as well as the media, were expecting it to. And boy are they (at least the fans) grateful. Oklahoma State passed their first test with flying colors in a 44-21 win against Boise State.

For the first half of this game, these teams were neck and neck. After a missed field goal attempt, Boise would score early in the second quarter, Brett Rypien would throw it to John Hightower for the first score of the game. Oklahoma State would then answer with a TD of their own when Justice Hill ran into the endzone to tie it up 7-7. He would do Justice things all night and have 15 carries for 123 yards.

Then this happened:

This would eventually lead to a score on a quarterback keep from Taylor Cornelius and the Cowboys would go up 14-7. They would end the half 17-7. Boise would kick a field goal at the beginning of the third quarter to make it 20-7. Boise would start to make some noise and scored to made it 20-14. The Cowboys would strike again in the third and make 27-14 after a throw to Dillion Stoner. He would end the night with 5 catches for 68 yards.

AND THEN THE DEFENSE BLOCKED ANOTHER PUNT! This time true freshman Jarrick Bernard made the block and Za’Carrius Green scooped it up for the score. They would go up 34-14.

So this is a thing...

At the very end of the quarter, the Broncos would get in the endzone and make it 34-21, but it was too little too late. The pokes would score a field goal and Taylor would run it in one more time to stick a knife in this game and get the 44-21 win for the Cowboys.

This Cowboys offense made the most of what the defense was giving them. Despite Calvin Bundage having some issues with timing with two offsides penalties, he played exceptionally today. With 12 total tackles he lead the team for the game and had a sack. Jordan Brailford also had a heck of a game. He had three sacks today. This Broncos O-Line just had to many openings for Jim Knowles’ defense today.

Overall, this was a huge game for the Cowboys and the rose to the occasion.