Oklahoma State Cowboys

Cowboys Fall At Home to Cyclones

Zachary Low

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys fell to 4-2 on Saturday as they were knocked off again at home by Big 12 Conference foe Iowa State 48-42. Iowa State made life miserable for Cowboy quarterback Taylor Cornelius as they lived in Oklahoma State’s backfield.

On the first drive of the game, the Iowa State offense was unable to do anything as defensive end Trey Carter was able to sack quarterback Zeb Noland on the first play of the game. The Cyclones were forced to punt after failing to get a first down, and the Cowboy went right to work with the ball. Quarterback Taylor Cornelius broke loose for a 48-yard run which set up a 14-yard strike from Cornelius to Jelani Woods to give Oklahoma State an early 7-0 lead.

Oklahoma State forced Iowa State into another three and out on the next possession, and after getting the ball back, the Cowboys were unable to do anything with it and were forced to punt as well. Punter Zach Sinor mishandled the snap, however, and he had to kick it into the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety.

Leading 7-2, the Cowboys kicked off to the Cyclones, who subbed in freshman backup quarterback Brock Purdy. Purdy was able to spark the Cyclones, and fewer than three minutes later, he was able to find Hakeem Butler for a 21-yard touchdown pass to give them a 9-7 lead.

Oklahoma State was unable to get anything going once again due to struggles on the offensive line, and they punted away, giving Iowa State the ball through the end of the quarter.

Brock Purdy was able to move the Cyclones down the field once again, and he capped the drive with a 29-yard rush for a touchdown to extend Iowa State’s lead to 16-7.

The Cowboys were able to answer, though, as Cornelius put together a solid drive. After getting Oklahoma State into the red zone, Cornelius threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Landon Wolf, cutting the Cowboys’ deficit to 16-14.

The scoring continued for both teams as Purdy was able to find Landen Akers on a 55-yard strike to set up a 12-yard rushing touchdown by Sheldon Croney to push the Cyclone back to nine at 23-14. Oklahoma State answered when Cornelius found Tyron Johnson for a 28-yard touchdown pass to make it 23-21. However, Purdy was successful once again, this time hitting Matthew Eaton for a 26-yard touchdown pass to make it 30-21 headed into halftime.

The Cowboys came out of the locker room at the half with some fire in their eyes as Cornelius hit Dillon Stoner for a 31-yard gain down to the one. Cornelius ran it in for the touchdown on the next play, making it 30-28.

The momentum did not last for long, however, as Purdy led Iowa State right back down the field and hit Deshaunte Jones for a 23-yard touchdown to push it to 37-28.

Oklahoma State had a number of opportunities to draw closer in the quarter, but they were unable to effectively protect the quarterback and the mistakes were too plenty. The Cyclones, however, were able to kick a field goal as the third quarter came to a close to make it 40-28 with one quarter to go.

The fourth quarter began with a golden opportunity for the Cowboys as they were forced to punt the ball away. The ball bounced off a Cyclone player, and Oklahoma State recovered with prime field position. They took advantage of the situation, and a few plays later, Justice Hill hit pay dirt with a five-yard touchdown to draw the Cowboys a little closer at 40-35.

Oklahoma State was unable to regain the lead, however, and Purdy was able to find Tarique Milton for a 60-yard dime to extend the lead once again to 48-35 after the successful two-point conversion.

Taylor Cornelius threw an interception on the next possession, and with the clock winding down, they were unable to regain control of the game, resulting in their second loss of the season.

3 Quick Thoughts

  • The Offensive Line is Awful: For weeks, it’s been discussed, and I have waited for improvement, but there has been absolutely no change for the Cowboy offensive line. The rush game is a shadow of what it should be, and Taylor Cornelius has no time to throw. He was sacked seven times today by a team that had only six coming into today’s matchup. There’s no excuse.
  • Where’s the Discipline?: This might be one of the most undisciplined football teams I’ve seen in Stillwater in my lifetime. The Cowboys racked up nine penalties for the second consecutive week, and those mistakes cannot happen against tough teams who like to grind out wins. There has to be improvement.
  • Who’s to Blame?: Moving forward, I’m not sure what this team has left in the tank. They have look outmatched against two of the conference’s lesser opponents in Texas Tech and Iowa State, and they still have to play the top-tier ones in Texas, TCU, West Virginia, and Oklahoma. At this point, I just hope the Cowboys can beat Kansas State and Baylor to make it into a bowl game.

On to Manhattan

The Cowboys head to Kansas next weekend to take on the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan. K-State is 2-4 on the season after losing 37-34 to Baylor in Waco, so the Cowboys hope to rebound against a struggling team. Kickoff is set for 11 AM and will be televised on ESPNU.

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