An injury to Spencer Sanders left OSU’s offense stagnant in the Cowboys’ 41-13 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, and while the defense was able to keep OSU in the game for the majority of the second half, the Cowboys lost their sixth straight Bedlam matchup.
First star: Malcolm Rodriguez
Rodriguez was able to continue his consistent play this season with another strong defensive effort, and his stats are able to back it up. The linebacker was able to come away with eight tackles, tied for most in the game alongside fellow linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga. He also came away with one of the three sacks the Cowboys defense had tonight.
Second star: Brady Pohl
Pohl replaced starting kicker Alex Hale, who is 13 for 14 on field goals this season, after Hale was injured in pre-game warmups today. After only kicking one field goal prior to this game this season, Pohl stepped up and went 2 for 2 against the Sooners to cut the deficit down to 14 before halftime as well as hit the extra point after the lone Cowboys touchdown. On short notice, Pohl was able to account for over half of the Cowboys’ points against the Sooners tonight.
Third star: Trace Ford
While the sophomore defensive end didn’t impress on the stat sheet, it felt like Trace Ford was all over the field tonight. Ford continued to play with intensity as if the score was 0-0 even when the game was out of reach by the Cowboys, and he finished the game with three tackles and one assist, as well as combined on a sack alongside defensive tackle Sione Asi.