Cowboys Crumble in Waco, Lose on Last-Second Touchdown to Bears

Needing a win to become bowl eligible, Oklahoma State’s matchup with Baylor looked like the Cowboys’ best shot at doing that. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the Bears are also trying to become bowl eligible, and with just 11 seconds left in the game, Baylor was able to take a 35-31 lead and hold on for the victory.

The Cowboys looked like they were going to start off yet another game trailing by a touchdown as the Bears marched down the field on their first possession with absolute ease. Coming into the game, Baylor was one of only four teams in the Division I football to score every time they were in a first and goal situation. On their first drive, the Bears made it all the way down to the Cowboy 6-yard line before Baylor quarterback Jalan McClendon was picked off by Cowboy safety Rodarius Williams.

Oklahoma State went to work quickly on offense as they took just three minutes and 11 plays to march 80 yards down the field. Quarterback Taylor Cornelius orchestrated a beautiful drive, and he capped it with a 6-yard touchdown run to put the Cowboys up 7-0 midway through the first quarter.

Baylor again was able to find offensive success as they made it down to the Oklahoma State 10-yard line with a fresh set of downs. Again, however, the Cowboy defense held strong, and Baylor kicker Connor Martin missed a 26-yard field goal. Oklahoma State was unable to capitalize on the opportunity however, but a 55-yard punt by Zach Sinor pinned the Bears inside their own 10.

The second quarter featured quite a bit of defense just like the first. After a Baylor punt and a missed field goal by Oklahoma State kicker Matt Ammendola, the Bears orchestrated a solid drive, and McClendon was able to run in a 1-yard touchdown to tie the game up at 7-7.

Oklahoma State would find their way into the red zone on the ensuing drive, but after failing to score a touchdown, Ammendola kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 10-7 lead.

Baylor was forced to punt on their next drive, and Oklahoma State had to do the same on theirs, but the Bears were able to block Sinor’s punt and return it for a touchdown to put Baylor up 14-10 just before halftime.

Oklahoma State had time to score before the half, and they made some decent progress down the field, but after failing to get a first, Ammendola gave it another shot at a field goal, this one from 45 yards out, but it was no good.

Trailing at the half, Oklahoma State needed to come out with a sense of urgency, but they did absolutely nothing on offense to start, so they were forced to punt. Baylor then found themselves in a field goal situation, but they tried to run a fake, which failed.

The Cowboys finally kicked things back into gear as Cornelius was able to nickel and dime the offense down the field. Once inside the red zone, it didn’t take long for Cornelius to throw a backwards pass to Tylan Wallace, who ran it six yards into the end zone to give Oklahoma State a 17-14 lead.

Baylor would punt on their next drive, and then a slew of scoring came upon both teams. Oklahoma State would score again before the end of the third, this time an 8-yard pass from Cornelius to Wallace to make it 24-14. The Bears would need just one play to add more points to the board as John Lovett broke off 75-yard run to bring Baylor a little closer at 24-21.

Justice Hill would find the end zone on a 2-yard run for the Cowboys to kickoff the first possession of the fourth quarter to make it 31-21 with a little under nine minutes to go.

Baylor would answer as quarterback Charlie Brewer found Jalen Hurd for a 36-yard pass to make it 31-28 just under six minutes to play.

Oklahoma State managed to run a lot of time off the clock, but with about a minute and a half and facing a 4th and 2, the Cowboys decided to go for it at midfield rather than punt the ball, and Cornelius was sacked for a 9-yard loss, effectively giving the Bears perfect field position.

After a few plays to move down the field and a costly pass interference call, Brewer found Denzel Mims in the end zone to give the Bears a 35-31 lead.

Oklahoma State had one last chance to try for win, and after Cornelius completed a pass to Tylan Wallace, Wallace pitched the ball to a teammate. A number of Cowboys tossed the ball backwards in an attempt to keep the play alive, but the play ended in a fumble recovered by the Bears, and Oklahoma State dropped to 5-4 on the season.



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