Trojan Ambush

Mike Gundy tried to warn his Oklahoma State Cowboys what could happen if they weren't prepared to play during Friday night's trip to Troy, Ala. The Cowboys certainly found out what Gundy was talking about as Troy dominated Oklahoma State in every phase of the game – from the game's first snap to the last – en route to a 41-23 victory at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.

Oklahoma State saw its record drop to 1-2 with the loss, and must regroup for next Saturday's Big 12 Conference opener against Texas Tech at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Troy wins for the first time this season after dropping its first two games to top-25 teams Arkansas and Florida.

But it didn't take the Trojans long to show they were serious about getting their first victory of the season (even though the opening kickoff was delayed 40 minutes because of lightning and thunderstorms). OSU running back Keith Toston fumbled the ball on the game's first play, and Troy recovered on the 23-yard line. It took just five plays – and 1:07 into the game – for Troy quarterback Omar Haugabook to find Kennard Burton on a 5-yard touchdown pass to put the Trojans up 7-0.

Oklahoma State tried to catchup the rest of the way, but the closest the Cowboys could get was 7-3 on Jason Ricks' 20-yard field goal midway through the first quarter.

Haugabook and the Trojan offense was unstoppable in the first half. The senior quarterback completed 21 of 27 passes for 223 yards in the first half as Troy took a 27-10 halftime lead. The Cowboys were fortunate it was that close because Haugabook was intercepted by OSU cornerback Perrish Cox in the end zone on a third-and-goal play from the 7-yard line, and Troy's final drive of the first half came to an end on the 5-yard line when the clock expired as the Trojans did not have any timeouts remaining. It very easily could have been 41-7 at halftime.

Little went wrong for the Trojans – and most everything that could go wrong did for the Cowboys – in the first 30 minutes of play.

Oklahoma State fumbled the ball away twice and allowed a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first half. Haugabook, however, was nearly perfect. In the first half, he directed Troy touchdown drives of 23 yards (after Toston's fumble on the game's first play), 79 yards (in which he threw for 31 yards and rushed for another 18, including a 6-yard touchdown), and 80 yards (again, he threw for 51 yards and rushed for another 9).

Haugabook then completed 6-of-7 passes on the Trojans' first drive of the second half as he led his team 80 yards in 13 plays to all but put the game out of reach at 34-10 with his 2-yard touchdown run.

Haugabook finished 33-of-48 passing for a career-best 371 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 49 yards and a pair of scores.

OSU sophomore Zac Robinson got the start at quarterback for the Cowboys. He finished 17-of-37 passing for 191 yards with two interceptions.

Freshman running back Kendall Hunter was one of the few bright spots for the Cowboys, who were playing without starting running back Dantrell Savage, out with a groin injury. Hunter rushed for 120 yards on 15 carries.

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