Oklahoma State Cowboys

Cowboys Tame Broncos in Stillwater Shootout

Zachary Low


After opening the week as slight favorites in this game, the 24th-ranked Cowboys ended up as slight underdogs by kickoff, but they certainly did not look it as they defeated the 17th-ranked Boise State Broncos 44-21.


Much to the surprise of college football fans everywhere, the Cowboys and the Broncos went the entire first quarter without scoring a single point. Both defenses stepped up and made plays, and even though Boise State put together a solid 14-play drive, Oklahoma State was able to get stops in the red zone, and the Broncos ended up missing a field goal.

The second quarter was quite different as Boise State was able to get on the scoreboard first less than a minute into the period. Oklahoma State answered with a touchdown of their own thanks to a 43-yard bomb from Taylor Cornelius to Tylan Wallace followed by an 8-yard rushing touchdown by Justice Hill.

On the next possession for the Broncos, the Cowboys ravaged the backfield, and then Amen Ogbongbemiga blocked the Boise State punt, which gave Oklahoma State the ball on seven yard line. It took three short plays before Cornelius was able to run the ball in from the one-yard line to give Oklahoma State a 14-7 lead.

The Cowboy defense continued to find their way into the Bronco backfield, and after failing to convert on 4th & 6, Boise State punted the ball away to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys would march down the field once again, but this time they had to settle for a field goal making 17-7. Boise State was unable to score before the half due to more pressure in the backfield from Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma State started off the second half with some solid movement on offense. Taylor Cornelius was able to connect on some mid-level passes to put the Cowboys in field goal position, and Matt Ammendola was able to hit one from 48 yards out to give the Cowboys a 20-7 lead.

With the game getting out of hand, Boise State could feel the pressure, and they responded just as they needed to by marching downfield. A costly offsides penalty on Oklahoma State on 3rd & 10 at midfield gave the Broncos only five yards to go, which they were able to convert for a first down. A few plays later, Brett Rypien was able to connect with A.J. Richardson who hauled in a spectacular one-handed catch for a 34-yard touchdown to make it 20-14.

The Cowboys wasted no time on the next possession as Taylor Cornelius found himself on the run far too often. Despite the offensive line struggles, Cornelius was able to stay on his feet for the most part and connect on enough passes to move Oklahoma State downfield before finding Dillon Stoner for a short dump pass which ended in a 32-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 27-14 lead.

Boise State could not get anything going on the ensuing possession, and Oklahoma State was able to block a second punt of the day, this one by Jarrick Bernard, but this one was returned by Jarrick Bernard Za’Carrius Green for a touchdown to push Oklahoma State’s lead to 34-14.

Feeling the game slipping away, Brett Rypien was able to pick the Cowboy secondary apart and move the Broncos into the red zone once again. With a 1st & goal at the five yard line, Oklahoma State’s defense stiffened up, and Boise State found themselves facing a 4th & goal on the 5. The Broncos were able to convert, and Rypien found Chase Blakley for a touchdown to make it 34-21.

It was all Oklahoma State in the fourth quarter as Matt Ammendola was able to knock in another field goal, this one from 23 yards, and a 53-yard run by Justice Hill set up another rushing touchdown for Cornelius to make it 44-21 to finish the game.

3 Quick Thoughts

  • The Defense is Real: The Cowboys came into today’s matchup ranked third nationally in sacks with four-and-a-half per game, and today, they managed to get to the quarterback four times in the first half alone. Oklahoma State ended up with seven total sacks for the day and 10 tackles for loss. The Broncos came into the game averaging 255.5 yards per game on the ground, but the Cowboys held them to just 34 rushing yards. The secondary struggled at times, giving up 380 yards through the air, but overall, the defense made plays when it counted.
  • Corndog has Wheels: Taylor Cornelius has a solid arm, but unfortunately the line does not give him a lot of time to throw. On the other hand, Cornelius is extremely mobile, and he put that on full display today as he rushed 16 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns. Having a mobile quarterback can make this offense even more dangerous, and if the offensive line can continue to improve, they might just be one of the most explosive offenses in the country as the season continues.
  • The Season is Bright: Looking at the schedule ahead, the Cowboys have a favorable couple of months ahead. Oklahoma State does not face another ranked team until November, and they very well could run the table until then. For a team that was picked to win just seven games, they are looking at a high possibility of starting the season 9-0 with a chance to make some noise in the national picture the last few weeks of the season.

Conference Play Starts Next Week

Oklahoma State will play at home for the fourth consecutive week next Saturday as they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders to open up Big 12 play. The Red Raiders are 2-1 so far and are coming off an impressive 63-49 victory over the Houston Cougars. The Cowboys have won nine straight games against Tech, but the last two games have been decided by a total of eight points. Kickoff is set for 6 PM CT and will be televised on FS1.

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