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Breaking down the numbers: OSU vs. Tulsa

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys narrowly defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 28-23 on Saturday.

Here are five key numbers from the contest:

6: Oklahoma State's six-game streak of scoring in the first quarter crumbled on Saturday following a 0-0 opening period. The Cowboys struggled to maintain and capitalize during their 6-minute, 47-second stint with the ball through the first, wrangling up a negligible 40 yards in the opening frame while also failing to cross enemy territory.

98: The number of yards LD Brown ventured in his kickoff return touchdown. Before Brown’s breakout play, the Cowboys were on thin ice following a 20-yard field goal that put the Golden Hurricane up 17-14 with just under eleven minutes to go. Brown’s touchdown placed the pressure back on Tulsa, and through his valiant effort, he etched himself into the record books. Brown's 98-yard outburst tied the seventh-longest return in program history while sourcing the Pokes’ largest return since Tyreek Hill recorded a 99-yard touchdown versus Kansas in 2014.

21: Fourth-quarter points placed by Oklahoma State. The Cowboys had their back pinned against the wall to open the final frame of play down 14-7. Sanders and company turned up the heat, however, when it mattered most -- piecing together a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Green, an 11-yard touchdown run to Jaylen Warren, and LD Brown’s aforementioned trip to the house. Oklahoma State edged Tulsa 21-9 in the final 15 minutes, ultimately finding themselves victorious 28-23.

70: The total number of penalty yards called against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys mingled with the officiating crew the entire game receiving a total of seven flags by the final snap. A top the list of OSU’s infractions, a first-quarter pick-six from Jason Taylor II had been nullified following a defensive holding call on Tanner McCalister. In the fourth quarter, a Jaden Bray false start had pushed the Pokes from a 3rd & 8 at Tulsa’s 11-yard line to a 3rd & 13 at Tulsa’s 16-yard line.

235: Spencer Sanders’ total collection of yards Saturday. Sanders made his debut this week after missing last week’s matchup (COVID-19 protocols); it didn’t take long for the redshirt junior to settle. Sanders tallied 173 yards (15-23 C/ATT) through the air in addition to leading the Cowboys on the ground with 62 yards, highlighted by a 37-yard scramble.

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