Buffs Blank Cowboys

STILLWATER – A year ago it was Vernand Morency's 58-yard touchdown run on the Cowboys' third play from scrimmage that set the tone for Oklahoma State's 28-point victory over Colorado in Boulder. The Buffaloes turned the tables Saturday using Hugh Charles' long touchdown run on the first play of the game and Colorado never looked back en route to a 34-0 victory over the Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Oklahoma State, now 3-1 after its first loss of the season, was shut out for the first time since losing at Texas Tech 58-0 on Nov. 11, 2000. It was the first time the Cowboys had not scored in a home game in nearly 14 years - since losing to Kansas 31-0 on Nov. 2, 1991.

Not much went right for the Cowboys against the Buffaloes – beginning before the game even started when OSU head coach Mike Gundy had to skip the traditional walk from The Atherton Hotel to the stadium because he was suffering from the flu.

Then Charles took the handoff on the first play of the game and went 74 yards for the touchdown and the Cowboys trailed 7-0.

The Cowboy offense continued to struggle, and has now scored just 58 points in four games. They were just 2-of-17 on third-down conversions (including 0-for-8 in the first half), and could not take advantage of numerous Colorado mistakes in the first half.

Colorado gave OSU chances in the first half but the Cowboys could not take advantage of the opportunities.

Jerry Don Bray's block and Jamie Thompson's return of a Colorado 44-yard field goal attempt late in the first quarter set the Cowboys up at the 50-yard line. But the Cowboys failed on a fourth-and-two play from the Buffalo 32 when quarterback Bobby Reid's pass fell incomplete.

The Cowboys took over on their own 43 a few minutes later when Ryan McBean recovered a fumble by CU's Byron Ellis. But they had to punt four plays later. Colorado's Stephone Robinson fumbled a Matt Fodge fumble inside the Buffalo 10-yard line but the Cowboys were not able to recover.

OSU's best chance to score in the first half came when the Cowboys drove from their own 38 to the Colorado 14. The Buffs were generous in helping to keep the drive alive with two major penalties – a 15-yard roughing the punter penalty on Fodge and a 15-yard pass interference. The later penalty set the Cowboys up at the 19-yard line but Bruce Redden was called upon to attempt a 31-yard field goal four plays later. The walk-on kicker had been perfect on five field goal attempts in the first three games but missed the 31-yarder with 1:56 left in the half.

Mason Crosby's 48-yard field goal with just two seconds left on the clock gave Colorado a 10-0 hafltime lead.

The Cowboys were hoping to get back in the game after receiving the second half's opening kickoff. But on the second play, Reid's quick pass to receiver Ricky Price bounced off Price's knee and right into the hands of CU defensive end Abraham Wright at the 29. Charles scored on a 15-yard run just three plays later to give the Buffs a 17-0 lead.

Colorado took over after the Cowboys went three and out, and the Buffs didn't waste any time in getting back in the end zone. Quarterback Joel Klatt's 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joe Klopfenstein gave CU a 24-0 lead.

The Buffs added 10 points in the fourth quarter, including linebacker Marcus Burton's 99-yard interception return for a touchdown in the game's final minute after the Cowboys had driven from their own 20 to the Buffalo 8.

OSU's offense struggled from start to finish. The Cowboys' leading rusher for much of the first half was punter Matt Fodge, who had an 11-yard gain on a fake punt in the first quarter. The Cowboys failed on their first 10 third-down plays, and didn't convert their first until Reid's 4-yard carry on a third-and-3 play with less than six minutes to play in the third quarter.

OSU's offensive drives in the first half were 4, 35, 6, 36, 3 and 48 yards. The Cowboys didn't do much better in the second half: 13, 3, -9, 19, 8, -11, 72 and 1 yards.

The Cowboys finished with just 208 total yards and 11 first downs. Colorado had 381 total yards, including 213 rushing yards (but 74 of those came on the first run of the game by Charles).

Oklahoma State returns to action next Saturday when the Cowboys play host to Missouri at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Colorado ... 7 3 14 10 - 34
OSU ........ 0 0 0 0 - 0
CU – Hugh Charles 74-yard touchdown run (Mason Crosby kick)
CU – Mason Crosby 48-yard field goal
CU – Hugh Charles 15-yard run (Mason Crosby kick)
CU – Joe Klopfenstein 11-yard pass from Joel Klatt (Mason Crosby kick)
CU – Mason Crosby 42-yard field goal
CU – Marcus Burton 99-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick)

GoPokes Top Stories