I’m just going to come out and say, Jim Knowles needs a statue.
The defense was the MVP once again tonight, as they only gave up 14 points to the then undefeated Baylor Bears squad. Based solely the stat sheet, the Cowboys could have probably won this game by more... The Bears only had 280 yards of total offense. Oklahoma State had 402. Oklahoma State more than doubled the amount of rushing yards Baylor had. (220 for OSU, 107 for Baylor) and 55 of those rushing yards for Baylor came on one play from Abram Smith.
Then you look at one specific stat and realize that it all makes sense...
Baylor- 0, Oklahoma State- 3
All three of those turnovers were interceptions. Two because of bad passes from Sanders. One because of a deflection from Rashad Owens.
Sanders fell back down to earth with those three interceptions. But he also threw a touchdown to 32 yard Rashad Owens, the first of Owen’s young career. Sanders’s night saw him completing 13 passes on 23 attempt for 182 yards. Seven of those were to Tay Martin for 108 of Sander’s 182 yards.
Jaylen Warren continued to be the workhorse back, carrying the ball 36 times for 125 yards and 2 trips to the end zone including the dagger, a four yard run on fourth down to give Oklahoma State a two possession lead with 2:10 left in the game.
Another big piece to the victory was Collin Oliver. The freshman defensive end who took the place of Brock Martin, who missed today’s game due to an elbow injury. The Edmond Santa Fe product had a 6 total tackles, 5 solo, and a game-high 2 sacks on the game including on Baylor’s final offensive play to seal the deal for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys have a bye next week but will return on October 16th to take on the SEC-bound Texas Longhorns.
How did y’all feel about last night’s win? Feel free to comment below or tweet at me @IanNikkel or @CowboysRFF!