The Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-3) picked up another solid win on Saturday as they handled the Texas Christian Horned Frogs (4-4) in Stillwater 34-27.
Oklahoma State was able to get on the board first as they kicked a field goal on their first drive to take a 3-0 lead early. They scored a touchdown on their next drive, a 57-yard strike from Spencer Sanders to Dillon Stoner, to give the Cowboys a 10-0 lead just 6 minutes into the first quarter.
TCU was finally able to get on the scoreboard several possessions later as they kicked a field goal to make it 10-3 after one quarter played.
The Cowboys opened up the second quarter with some more scoring as Sanders found Stoner again, this time from 22 yards out, to make it 17-3 with 13 minutes to go until halftime.
At that point, the Horned Frogs realized that it was do or die, and they were not going down without a fight. TCU managed to score on their next possessions—a 6-yard run by quarterback Max Duggan and a 24-yard pass from Duggan to Pro Wells—to make it 17-17 headed into halftime.
TCU came out in the second half with a ton of momentum, and they used it to march all the way down to the Cowboy 25 before Amen Ogbongbemiga forced a fumble and Kolby Harvell-Peel was able to recover for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were unable to use the momentum, however, and they were forced to punt.
A couple of possessions later, it took just one play for Oklahoma State to score as Chuba Hubbard off a 92-yard run to find the end zone and put the Cowboys up 24-17.
The rest of the quarter was largely uneventful, aside from an interception by Jarrick Bernard, which the Cowboys were unable to convert. At the end of the third, Oklahoma State led by a lone touchdown.
A little over 3 minutes into the final quarter, Spencer Sanders threw an interception, the first Cowboy turnover of the game, but it ended up not doing much harm. Kolby Harvell-Peel showed up big once again for Oklahoma State as he intercept Max Duggan two plays later.
This time, the Cowboys would use the momentum from the turnover, and for the second time of the day, Chuba Hubbard found the end zone on a big run to give Oklahoma State a 31-17 lead.
The Horned Frogs answered on the very next possession as Max Duggan ran it in from one yard out to draw a little closer and make it 31-24.
A couple of possessions later, Matt Ammendola knocked another kick in to give Oklahoma State the 34-24 lead with just a little over 2 minutes to play. The Horned Frogs would drive down the field and knock through a field goal of their own to make it 34-27, but with just 22 seconds left in the game, TCU was unable to recover the onside kick, giving the Cowboys the win.
TCU came into the game allowing just a little over 100 rushing yards per game, but the Cowboys managed that with ease. Chuba Hubbard led all rushers with 223 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 20 carries. He was able to score on the 92-yard run—tied for 4th longest in Cowboy history—and another time on a 62-yard run.
Quarterback Spencer Sanders found success on the ground as well as he racked up 88 rushing yards on 19 carries. 73 of those rushing yards came in the first quarter alone. Sanders was also successful through the air completing 9-of-15 passes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In the absence of Tylan Wallace, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, Dillon Stoner stepped up and hauled in 3 receptions for 93 yards and 2 touchdowns. Coming into the game, Stoner had yet to reach the end zone this season.
The win today makes the Cowboys bowl eligible with 3 games left in the season. Next week, Oklahoma State will get a bye before they host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, November 16th. The time for kickoff has not yet been decided.