Baylor had scored 70 or more points in four victories this season and the Bears had scored 59 or more in three other wins. Their closest game all season had been a 35-25 victory over Kansas State on Oct. 12.
But the Bears hadn't seen the like of Daytawion Lowe, Caleb Lavey, Shaun Lewis, Tyler Patmon and James Castleman. The OSU defense forced three Baylor turnovers, including Castleman's fumble recovery at the Cowboys' 1-yard line when the Bears had a chance to go ahead 7-0 and Patmon's 78-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys also only allowed the Bears three points on four trips inside the red zone.
"The defense was terrific and the offense was efficient," said Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy, who is 5-0 against the Bears in Stillwater and after Saturday night's victory has won those five games by an average margin of nearly 31 points.
"I thought we had a really good game plan, but their quarterback is a really good player and they have a lot of speed. You put together all three phases of our game plan, and you try to hold them to half of what they averaged," Gundy said.
OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer of his defense as it held the Bears 44 points and 231 yards below their season averages.
"Didn't they execute well? They bought in. We had to challenge them. We had to get in their face," Spencer said. "We had some different personnel groups, and those guys got in their face. There's a risk that you could give up a big play. But they were focused and played with outrageous effort.
"They executed this game plan great. They played for each other. As you can tell, I'm pretty proud," Spencer added.
But it wasn't just the Cowboys defense that excelled Saturday night in front of the largest home crowd in the history of Oklahoma State (60,218). OSU was also the dominant team in the other two phases of the game – offense and special teams.
A handful of Cowboys seniors, playing in their next to last game at Boone Pickens Stadium, were outstanding when they had the ball. Clint Chelf completed his first 12 passes and finished 19 of 25 for 370 yards and three touchdowns. Kye Staley, who had a grand total of one carry this season prior to Saturday night, ran for 25 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
The receiving Moores – Charlie and Tracy – combined for nine catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Charlie Moore was on the receiving end of four passes for 67 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown in the second quarter, while Tracy Moore caught five passes for 126 yards, including a 56-yard scoring reception on the first drive of the second half to give the Cowboys a 21-3 lead.
In addition to throwing for two touchdowns, Chelf also scored on a 4-yard run late in the third quarter to make it 35-3.
On special teams, punter Kip Smith kept the Bears pinned deep in their own territory all game. In the first half, Baylor started its drives from its own 25-yard line, 47 (but that was after the Cowboys failed to convert on a fourth down), 15, 12, 20, 20 and 17.
"(OSU) played extremely well, played with a lot of energy, made plays when they needed to make plays," Baylor head coach Art Briles said. "They were the Big 12 champs two years ago and have maintained over the last six to eight years.
"Without question there are rodeos, and this is not their first one. I think there is a little bit of reality to it but that being said, games are all about momentum and if we put that first one in and go up 7-0 you never know. That is why it is so critical that when you have opportunities you have to make plays."
The Cowboys are off next week before they prepare for the Bedlam showdown against the Sooners on Dec. 7.