Cowboys Run Over, Around & Through Huskers

Mike Gundy didn't say much about it early in the week but he remembers 1988. That's the year OSU's high-powered offense, with Gundy at quarterback, made the trip to Lincoln, Neb., and fell behind 42-0 early in the second quarter. The OSU head coach got a measure of revenge Saturday as the Cowboys rolled up 317 rushing yards en route to a 45-14 victory over the Huskers.

The win broke a 47-year drought – and 20 consecutive games – in which Oklahoma State had not won in Lincoln. The Cowboys improve to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play.

The loss was Nebraska's worse in Lincoln in nearly 52 years – since a 41-0 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 19, 1955.

The Cowboys scored the first six times they touched the ball in the first half against the Cornhuskers and led 38-0 at halftime – the most points ever scored against Nebraska in the first half of a home game in the 117-year history of the program (since the Cornhuskers began playing in 1890).

It was the second consecutive week in which the Cowboys played sensational in the first half as OSU took a 17-0 halftime lead on the road against Texas A&M but the Aggies came back in the second half to capture a 24-23 victory.

But this one was over when the Cowboys went to the locker room with two quarters still remaining to play.

The Oklahoma State offensive coaching staff thought the Cowboys would be able to run the ball against the Cornhuskers, who entered the game ranked 97th in the nation in rushing defense. And Dantrell Savage and Kendall Hunter proved the coaching staff right.

Savage ran for a career-best 150 yards – in the first half. He finished the best game of his two-year OSU career with 212 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Hunter contributed 67 rushing yards, including a 33-yard scoring run.

"I give the offensive line all the credit. I also give Zac (Robinson) a lot of credit," said Savage. "On the options that's where I was making a lot of my yards, and he was reading the keys and making the safety bite."

Here's how the Cowboys rolled up 38 points in the first half against a Blackshirt defense that is sure to catch the heat this week from Nebraska fans:

** Julius Crosslin scores on a 1-yard dive into the end zone to cap the Cowboys' opening drive, which took eight plays and covered 50 yards.

** Jason Ricks put the Cowboys ahead 10-0 with a 21-yard field goal on the second drive.

** Quarterback Zac Robinson found Seth Newton on a 41-yard catch and run for a touchdown as OSU went up 17-0. Robinson was scrambling from the Cornhusker rush and appeared to be ready to turn up the field near the line of scrimmage when he threw to a wide open Newton. The play was reviewed and allowed to stand when it was ruled that Robinson did not cross the line of scrimmage before completing the touchdown pass.

** After the Cowboy defense stopped the Cornhuskers on downs at the OSU 10-yard line, Robinson and the offense needed just six plays to go 90 yards for the next touchdown. Hunter's 33-yard touchdown run put OSU up 24-0.

** Linebacker Donovan Woods forced the first of three Nebraska turnovers when he hit quarterback Sam Keller on a blitz and Cowboy teammate Jeremy Nethon recovered to set up the next OSU scoring drive. Crosslin's 1-yard touchdown run capped an eight-play, 40-yard scoring drive to make it 31-0.

** Perrish Cox's interception just a few minutes later gave the Cowboy offense great field position again. Robinson's 3-yard bootleg run with 1:54 remaining in the first half capped the 58-yard drive and it was 38-0.

Oklahoma State had 357 total yards at halftime (232 on the ground), and the Cowboy defense held the Cornhuskers to 101 total yards in the first half.

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