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Breaking down the numbers: 15 rushing attempts in Bedlam loss

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On Saturday night, No. 22 Oklahoma State fell to Oklahoma 28-13 in what could end up as the final Bedlam football game held in Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.

While many statistics tell the story of this game, five stood out above the rest.

4: That is the number of interceptions thrown by OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders.

Three of Sanders' interceptions came in the first quarter, playing a huge part in the Cowboys finding themselves down 28-0 at the end of the opening frame.

This game marked Sanders’ first start since OSU’s loss to Kansas State, so some early rust was to be expected, but Sanders’ poor ball security persisted throughout the game.

One final interception placed the final nail in the coffin of the Cowboys, as an errant Sanders throw sailed over the arms of a receiver directly into the hands of an OU defensive back while OSU was threatening inside the red zone.

1: For an offense that was so explosive for much of the season, the Cowboys continued their disappointing end to the season, scoring only one touchdown the whole game.

Against almost any opponent one touchdown out of the offense is going to prove problematic, and against a team with the talent of Oklahoma, it makes it almost impossible to win.

0: While many OSU fans will look at this game for its negatives, one positive did emerge.

After allowing 28 first-quarter points, the OSU defense allowed zero points for the rest of the game, giving the offense a chance to mount a comeback, and keeping the Cowboys in the game until the late fourth quarter.

The defensive struggles of the Cowboys have been well documented this season, but in this game, the defense kept the score close, and the offense failed to capitalize, over and over again.

15: With the offense quickly finding themselves trailing by multiple possessions, they never truly had an opportunity to establish the run, but regardless of that fact, 15 rushing attempts for running backs is not an acceptable number.

In his first game back, Dunn gave Sanders a heavy workload, attempting 67 passes and rushing the ball 17 more times, and with no help from the running game, the defense could easily focus in on Sanders, which perhaps led to some of his struggles down the stretch.

31.8: Another reason for OSU’s offensive struggles was its inability to covert on third down.

While successfully getting seven first downs on third down would usually be seen as a success, it quickly loses its luster when the team attempted 22 plays on third down.

This number should be the least of OSU’s worries after what could only be described as a disappointing performance in Norman, but it is one they should look to improve nonetheless.