After Top 10 wins over Texas and West Virginia, to help gain bowl eligibility, it was a forgone conclusion that Oklahoma State would end their season with a win in Ft. Worth. TCU, decimated by injuries, is a far cry from the likes of the Longhorns and Mountaineers, but a third-string quarterback making his first ever start made a recipe for disaster.
Grayson Muehlstein had only attempted twelve passes in his career but took control of the TCU offense and delivered an efficient performance. Completing 16-of-25 attempts, Muehlstein threw for a modest 180 yards and two touchdowns. He was the perfect catalysts for Jalen Reagor who was the game leader in rushing yards (121) and receiving yards (91).
Oklahoma State’s biggest wounds were self-inflicted though. The Pokes were gifted an opening field goal, as a result of TCU fumble, to open the game but a lethargic offensive performance limited them to just the three points and 40 total yards of offense during the first thirty minutes of play.
OSU opened the second half with a dropped backwards pass that was returned for a TCU touchdown, digging the Pokes into a 14-3 hole.
After going three-and-out on their next possession, Reagor scored on an 83-yard touchdown run that put the Frogs up 21-3 in what was shaping up to be a route.
Oklahoma State’s offense finally found themselves and outscored TCU 21-10 the rest of the way, but it was way too little too late in what ended up being a 31-24 loss.
OSU greatly missed running back Justice Hill who is still nursing an injury suffered in the Bedlam game. Chuba Hubbard was held in check and never really allowed to get in space by the TCU defense. Not able to use his speed burst as an advantage, Hubbard averaged just 3.2 yards per carry on thirteen carries.
Taylor Cornelius was just 17-of-40 passing for 181 yards, but made up for his lack of aerial power by leading the team in rushing with 52 yards, and 2 touchdowns, on nine attempts.
The loss drops Oklahoma State’s season record to 6-6 and honestly probably won’t have much impact on their bowl placement. The Cowboys should know within a week where they’ll land in the post season, but suddenly a winning record (or a lack of) comes into play with the bowl match-up.