Oklahoma State lost its sixth straight Bedlam matchup 41-13 on the heels of an abysmal offensive performance from the Cowboys.
“I wish we could have the first quarter back,” coach Mike Gundy said. “We put ourselves in a hole and couldn’t ever really come back. We lost to a better team today, they out coached us and outplayed us. We have to give them credit.”
The Cowboys offensive struggles started early, falling 21-0 and losing quarterback Spencer Sanders to a head injury. The Cowboys couldn’t sustain offensive consistency through the air or on the ground.
The Cowboys offense were outgained 492 to 246 by the Sooners and out rushed 191 to 78. Chuba Hubbard only had 10 carries and LD had eight.
The Cowboys ran for only 78 yards to the Sooners 191 yards. No OSU runner had over 50 yards from scrimmage, which has not happened this season.
“Guys started to rally and come back a little bit,” Gundy said. “We couldn’t get anything established in the running game to really stabilize them to get a flow on offense. Then we got one dimensional when we got behind by too much.”
Injuries also piled up for the Cowboys again as Sanders, Teven Jenkins and Chuba Hubbard all missed parts and/or the majority of the game.
The Cowboys offense has not been nearly as lethal as expected this season, and that is partly because of the number of injuries that have been occuring week in and week out.
“It is (a challenge to gain momentum with recurring injuries),” offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn said. “It’s no excuse. You’ve got to find a way to score and find a way to put the ball in the endzone. We didn’t do it.”
The loss pushes the Cowboys out of second place in the Big 12 and gives them an outside chance at the championship game. However, the Cowboys still have a game next weekend back at home. Dunn said they have to find out what’s wrong and fix it before the next game.
“We’ve got to nuke that game plan and start over,” Dunn said. “We have to find a way to move that football.”