Ain't No Stopping These Cowboys

STILLWATER – If Zac Robinson, Kendall Hunter, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Oklahoma State offense keeps this up, maybe a 60,000-seat stadium won't be big enough. The Cowboy trio gave the Boone Pickens Stadium record-breaking crowd of 52,463 a reason to keep coming back as Oklahoma State rolled to an easy 55-24 victory over Troy on Saturday night.

Bryant caught six passes – but three of them were for touchdowns – for 118 yards, Hunter rushed for 169 yards and a pair of TDs (surpassing the 100-yard mark for the fourth time in four games this season), and Robinson completed 16 of 21 passes for 254 yards and a career-tying three touchdowns (the sixth time he has thrown that many TDs) to give the largest crowd ever to witness an Oklahoma State home game plenty to cheer. The record-breaking crowd surpassed the previous record of 51,458 set in 1996 (against Oklahoma).

The Cowboys, now 4-0, scored on five of their first six possessions in the first half, thanks in part to Robinson, Hunter and Bryant, and racked up more than 600 yards for the second time this season. They finished with 612 total yards (358 rushing and 254 passing) against the Trojans, a team that defeated the Cowboys 41-23 in a nationally televised game last season in Troy, Ala.

"It was a good game for us," said Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy. "We played well on both sides of the ball. I was excited about no turnovers and forcing (three) turnovers on the other side of the ball.

"We challenged our team to be physical this week and to play hard and fast. I thought offensively we were very physical. I thought we blocked extremely well. Defensively, when we gave up some plays we made big hits," Gundy continued.

The Cowboy head coach liked what he saw from Robinson, Bryant and Hunter.

"Zac operated well. He has pretty good statistics. He did a nice job of handling the offense," Gundy said. "He needs to run the football better. We knew this team had speed on defense, and we needed to wear them down. His running game gives us another dimension."

"(Dez) made some really big catches on third downs, and made some big plays," Gundy said of Bryant, who now has 1,066 receiving yards in 17 college games, which ranks him 17th on OSU's all-time list. "Dez continues to play better even when the ball is not in his hands. He had a nice block on Toston's score in the west end zone. He continues to play well, and he's a lot of fun to work with."

Robinson and Bryant hooked up for a 16-yard scoring pass on the first possession of the game, and the Cowboys never looked back en route to the lopsided victory. Hunter's 4-yard touchdown run and then another Robinson-to-Bryant touchdown pass (this time from 26 yards out) made it 21-0 midway through the second quarter.

But Robinson, Hunter and Bryant weren't finished. The duo of Robinson and Bryant connected for the third touchdown of the game, and the sixth time this season, after Troy had pulled within 21-7. Robinson's pass was underthrown but Bryant came back to make the catch, and then muscled his way past Troy safety Tavares Williams into the end zone.

The Cowboys' most impressive drive of the night may have occurred in the final 51 seconds of the first half. Troy had kicked a field goal with 51 seconds left to pull within 28-10. But it took OSU just four plays (and 31 seconds) to go 56 yards for a back-breaking touchdown with 20 seconds still on the clock. Robinson connected with Hunter for 20 yards and gained just one yard on a run.

After a Cowboy timeout, the OSU junior quarterback found Damian Davis wide open for an 18-yard gain to the Troy 17. Hunter took the Robinson handoff on the next play and raced up the middle for the touchdown to make it 35-10.

The Cowboys' didn't slow down in the second half, driving 99 yards in 11 plays the first time they touched the ball with Keith Toston capping the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

"Kendall and Keith both have been very effective for us. We're able to keep those guys fresh, and we thought we could wear them down, depending upon how the game went," Gundy said of Hunter (169 yards) and Toston (114 yards). "We like those guys running the ball. The defenses (we face) will get tougher as we go throughout the year, so we just have to keep everybody healthy and stay with the plan."

Dan Bailey added a 22-yard field goal when the Trojans finally stopped the Cowboys on their own 5-yard line after an 11-play, 74-yard drive in the third quarter.

Bailey added a 19-yard field goal after a Cowboy drive stalled at the 2-yard line in the fourth quarter, and Toston added a 16-yard touchdown run for the final points of the game.

The Cowboys are now 4-0 for the first time in Mike Gundy's four years as head coach and will be looking to enter the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2004. The last time the Cowboys were ranked was when they were No. 25 in November of 2004.

Gundy's team will be looking to equal the 5-0 start of the Cowboys under Les Miles in 2004 when they host Texas A&M next Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Aggies improved to 2-2 with Saturday's 21-17 victory over Army at Kyle Field in College Station.

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