Reid Era Begins With Victory

STILLWATER – The Bobby Reid era began just like Mike Gundy hoped it would – with a Cowboy victory. The redshirt freshman quarterback was anything but spectacular in his first start at Oklahoma State but he did not commit any turnovers and directed a late scoring drive – and the defense was superb for the third game in a row – to lead the Cowboys to a 20-10 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Reid took every snap at quarterback after being named to replace Donovan Woods, who had started 14 games in a row for the Cowboys. Reid completed 8 of 21 passes for 148 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass to D'Juan Woods. He also ran the ball 10 times for 18 yards.

Oklahoma State improved to 3-0 with the victory while Arkansas State fell to 1-2 in a game that was as ugly as ugly could be. The two teams combined for six turnovers (three by each team) and 28 penalties (16 by ASU and 12 by OSU).

Reid and the Cowboy offense had trouble getting any type of a sustained drive going all night. But when it mattered most, after Arkansas State had pulled within 13-10 early in the third quarter, the Cowboy quarterback got the job done.

OSU, after starting on its own 49-yard line thanks to a Grant Jones return of 20 yards, needed only five plays to cover 51 yards for the game-clinching touchdown. Reid found D'Juan Woods for 29 yards on the first play of the drive. A 15-yard pass interference penalty (again when he was throwing to D'Juan Woods) gave the Cowboys a first-and-goal at the 7. Julius Crosslin followed the block of offensive guard Kellen Davis into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run four plays later.

Arkansas State would not give up. Behind the passing and scrambling of quarterback Nick Noce the Indians drove to the Cowboy 12-yard line. On first down, Noce pitched to tailback Antonio Warren (who would finish with a game-high 132 yards rushing). But Warren was met by Donovan Woods, who moved to safety this week after learning of the coaching staff's decision to name Reid the starting quarterback. Woods leveled Warren for a two-yard loss, to the roar of the Cowboy crowd. On the next play, Noce was intercepted by Cowboy freshman cornerback Calvin Mickens in the end zone.

The Cowboys fell behind early when Noce scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. Reid's 41-yard touchdown pass to D'Juan Woods – his longest pass play of the game – on the first play of the second quarter tied the game 7-7.

OSU took the lead midway through the second quarter thanks to the play of the defense. Noce threw to receiver Chris Miller who was stripped of the ball by Jamar Ransom, and Cowboy cornerback Daniel McLemore picked up the loose ball and returned it five yards to the ASU 38. Four plays later, walk-on kicker Bruce "Sunshine" Redden nailed a 52-yard field goal – which probably would have been good from 65 yards – for the 10-7 lead.

Redden added a 32-yard field goal with 46 seconds remaining in the first half to put the Cowboys up 13-7 at halftime.

OSU had numerous chances to put the game away in the second half but turnovers and penalties hurt the Cowboys chances. Julius Crosslin's fumble ended the Cowboys' first possession of the second half. Three false start penalties and a chop block penalty resulted in the Cowboys going from first-and-10 from their own 20 to fourth-and-27 from their own three, and they were forced to punt.

Mike Hamilton (88 yards on 16 carries) fumbled the ball away on the next possession, and that led to Eric Neihouse's 26-yard field goal to pull Arkansas State within 13-10. But that's when Reid drove the Cowboys to the game-clinching touchdown with 11:47 remaining.

Oklahoma State's defense was outstanding for the third game in a row. Mickens, the true freshman from Beaumont, Texas, had his first career interception. McLemore and Jared McCoy each recovered fumbles.

The Cowboys have a week off before opening Big 12 play on Oct. 1 against Colorado at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Arkansas State 7 0 0 3 - 10
Oklahoma State 0 13 0 7 - 20
ASU – Nick Noce 3-yard run (Eric Neihouse kick)
OSU – D'Juan Woods 41-yard pass from Bobby Reid (Bruce "Sunshine" Redden kick)
OSU – Redden 52-yard field goal
OSU – Redden 32-yard field goal
ASU – Neihouse 26-yard field goal
OSU – Julius Crosslin 1-yard run (Redden kick)

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