OSU football: Five takeaways from the Cowboys' 41-13 Bedlam loss
NORMAN — Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders limped off the field late in the first quarter, and that typically would have been an uppercut to the Cowboys’ hopes of a Bedlam upset.
But the big blows had already been landed before Sanders went down.
Out of it seemingly from the opening kickoff, No. 14 Oklahoma State suffered its second loss of the season, 41-13 to No. 18 Oklahoma on Saturday night at Owen Field.
OSU was down 21-0 when Sanders limped off.
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“He got dinged in the head,” Gundy said of Sanders’ injury, adding that he was cleared to return by medical personnel in the second half.
True freshman Shane Illingworth provided a brief spark in the form of a touchdown drive, but it was far from enough.
Illingworth was 5-of-21 for 71 yards when coach Mike Gundy went back to Sanders in the fourth quarter.
Here are four more takeaways from the game:
Overwhelmed from the start
OU’s first two possessions covered 149 yards in 12 plays, slicing through the Cowboys with ease for a pair of touchdowns. Then a tipped and intercepted pass gave OU a short field.
The Sooners scored again for a 21-0 lead after driving 20 yards in four plays.
Then Sanders got hurt.
“I wish we could have the first quarter back,” Gundy said.
The pace of the Sooners’ scoring slowed down, but their control of the game was never in question.
They added a pair of second-quarter field goals for a 27-7 lead and added a pair of scores in the fourth quarter to put it away.
Cowboys’ Big 12 chances hang by a string
Now with its second loss in conference play, the Cowboys need some help to get to the Big 12 title game.
It’s a complicated path with plenty of football left to be played.
But one thing is for sure. The Cowboys have to win their three remaining games: at home against Texas Tech, then at TCU and at Baylor.
Other injury ups and downs
The Cowboys got good injury news early, with three players who missed the Kansas State game two weeks ago — receiver Tylan Wallace, safety Kolby Harvell-Peel and left tackle Jake Springfield — getting cleared to play.
On the downside, senior right tackle Teven Jenkins left the game early in the second quarter with what the Cowboy radio broadcast reported was a back injury.
Placekicker Alex Hale, who has made 13 of 14 field goal attempts this season, suffered an injury during pregame warmups and was unable to play.
Walk-on redshirt freshman Brady Pohl, from Kansas City, Missouri, kicked in his place. He hit both of his field goal tries, from 38 and 37 yards, and his only extra-point attempt.
Penalties hurt Cowboys early
After OU zipped down the field for a game-opening touchdown, OSU needed to respond. But Sanders was flagged for intentional grounding on the Cowboys’ first offensive snap. That was followed by a false start and the Pokes were stuck behind the chains, punting shortly after.
On the OU possession that followed, Jarrick Bernard-Converse was flagged for defensive holding, and soon after, the Sooners scored their second touchdown for a 14-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, OSU had a roughing the passer penalty that gave the Sooners a free 15 yards, then an offsides penalty that resulted in a 19-yard gain on a free play when the penalty was declined. OU kicked a field goal on that series for a 27-7 lead.