Cowboys Lose Overtime Heartbreaker

STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State football team lost its fifth consecutive overtime game – and first since a three-overtime loss to Missouri 2001 – when it allowed 23rd-ranked Texas A&M to spoil Saturday night's Homecoming festivities with a thrilling 34-33 win before a Boone Pickens Stadium crowd of 43,006.

The Cowboys were poised to tie the game after backup quarterback Zac Robinson's 15-yard touchdown pass to Adarius Bowman in overtime but the point after kick by Jason Ricks was blocked. It was the second point after touchdown that the Cowboys failed to convert in the game. The PAT after OSU's first touchdown of the game also failed.

"We get asked all the time how important special teams is and that's a good example – give up two points in special teams and you lose by one," Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said. "We gave up two points in special teams. We fumbled the snap on the PAT (point after touchdown), the first one of the game, and then we had one blocked in the end. I think it was a low kick but I'm not for sure. That's the difference in the game."

The Cowboys appeared to be poised for their second big win in as many weeks when Robinson directed a 91-yard drive in the fourth quarter. Robinson, a redshirt freshman from Littleton, Colo., who had thrown a total of 10 passes this season, was playing because starter Bobby Reid was knocked out of the game with a concussion in the second quarter.

Dantrell Savage took a handoff from Robinson and sprinted 60 yards to give the Cowboys a 27-20 lead with just 3:24 remaining in the game. But that proved to be 3:21 too much time for the Aggies.

Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee led his team on an 11-play, 65-yard drive which culminated with McGee hitting tight end Joey Thomas on a 2-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining on the clock. Layne Neumann's extra point tied the game up and sent it into overtime.

Oklahoma State was just one play away from winning the game on the Aggies' game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. Cowboy defensive ends Victor DeGrate and Nathan Peterson combined to sack McGee on a third down play that put the Aggies in a fourth-and-13 situation with just 1:43 remaining. But after an A&M timeout McGee scrambled and found running back Javorski Lane, who made a one-handed catch and then rambled 17 yards for a first down.

In overtime the Aggies only needed four plays to score – on Javorski Lane's 1-yard run – in overtime, and Neumann's extra-point kick put A&M up 34-27.

Robinson, who was 6-of-17 passing for 94 yards passing and three touchdowns, found Adarius Bowman on a 15-yard scoring play on the Cowboys' possession in overtime, and the game appeared that it would be heading into a second extra period. But Ricks' extra-point was blocked and the Cowboys record in overtime games fell to 1-5.

Gundy was asked after the game if he considered going for a two-point conversion? "You can't do it. There's a 33 percent chance of a two-point conversion. You just can't do it. You've got to just kick it and go again," the Cowboy head coach said.

"We work on special teams probably as much or more than anybody," Gundy said. "We meet 20 to 25 minutes four days a week, and we work 20 minutes in practice a minimum and 30 minutes on Thursdays."

Oklahoma State, 4-3, returns to Boone Pickens Stadium next Saturday to face Nebraska. The 17th-ranked Cornhuskers, 6-2, also suffered a heartbreaking loss, 22-20, on a last-minute field goal to Texas.

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