Cowboys Fall Short Against Sooners

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy found out again Saturday that being in charge of a major college football program is not for the faint of heart. For the fourth time this season OSU lost on the game's final play Saturday when Zac Robinson's pass into the end zone fell incomplete allowing 13th-ranked Oklahoma to escape from Boone Pickens Stadium with a 27-21 victory.

Oklahoma State, 6-6, now must wait to see what transpires in the bowl scene. The Cowboys are one of nine Big 12 Conference teams that are bowl eligible but the league only has eight postseason tie-ins.

The Cowboys lost four games on the final play of the game this season:

1) Saturday's 27-21 loss to OU when Robinson's pass sailed over the head of Woods from the 25-yard line;

2) Quarterback Bobby Reid's pass into the end zone fell incomplete in OSU's 30-24 loss to Texas Tech last Saturday;

3) The Cowboys lost 34-33 in overtime to Texas A&M when an extra-point kick was blocked following a Bowman touchdown reception in overtime;

4) Reid's pass into the end zone was intercepted on the game's final play in a 31-27 loss to Kansas State.

"They say there's a reason for everything, and they say it'll make you better but I've about had enough of them for one year," Gundy said of the four Cowboy losses that came down to the final play. "About three weeks ago I said, "I'm tired of hearing about freshmen playing. I'm tired of hearing about sophomores (and) redshirt freshmen because you're not young any more. You've played 10 games, so let's go.' And that's kind of the way they played today.

"But I don't think there's any question that the emotional swings of big games can affect young guys differently than mature guys. I don't think there's any question. It should help them down the line. Again it should help them down the line because this team that we played today out there on this field was the best team we've played this year."

The Cowboys had their chances in the final quarter in front of a Boone Pickens Stadium crowd of 42,819.

Trailing 27-14 the Cowboys drove from their own 20-yard line to the Sooner 1 but failed to get any points. Robinson's attempt to leap into the end zone on a fourth-and-goal play from the 1 failed when the ball was knocked loose and OU linebacker Demarrio Pleasant recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

But the Cowboy defense forced a Sooner punt and the Cowboys – with Reid and Robinson both taking snaps at quarterback – drove 60 yards in 10 plays to pull within 27-21. This time the Cowboys converted a fourth-down play – a fourth-and-goal from the 2 – for the touchdown. Reid lofted a floater to D'Juan Woods for the touchdown.

OSU got the ball back twice – after the Cowboy defense forced punts on the Sooners next two possessions – but could not drive for the game-tying touchdown, and possible winning extra-point kick.

The Cowboys took over on their own 46 but on third-and-10 Reid was sacked for a 10-yard loss by Sooner defensive end C.J. Ah You, and they had to punt the ball back to the Sooners.

The Cowboy defense did its job again – but OSU had to use its last two timeouts – and forced the Sooners to punt on fourth down with 1:38 remaining. With Robinson directing the attack, the Cowboys drove from their own 37 to the Sooner 25 - Robinson's 17-yard completion and run by Anthony Parks on fourth-and-3 from the OU 42 set up the game's final three plays.

Robinson and the Cowboy offense raced up to the 25 from where they spiked the football to stop the clock with 10 seconds remaining. Robinson appeared to hit Adarius Bowman for a big play down inside the 5-yard line but Bowman leaped high and could not hold onto the ball. With just five seconds remaining that set up the game's final play – Robinson's pass into the end zone which sailed over D'Juan Woods' outstretched arms.

"That was a heck of a college football game," Gundy said. "It was probably as fun a game as I've ever been involved in as a player or a coach. It was really a great day for football. I'm very proud of our football team – they played very hard with a lot of fight. They came back when we were behind – fought back from big emotional swings moved toward the Sooners.

"When you have a football team that plays as hard as they can, and they give it their all, that's all you can ask for. And as a head coach, I can't say that I've never been as proud as a group of guys, and the way they went out and played today."

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