Bedlam Blast: OSU's Fiesta Hopes Spoiled

Oklahoma State was playing for a BCS berth on Saturday, while Oklahoma was playing for pride. The Sooners played like they were the team with a Fiesta Bowl invitation on the line as they defeated the 11th-ranked Cowboys 27-0 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Norman.

Oklahoma State finishes the regular season 9-3, and is now likely to play in the Cotton Bowl at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, against a Southeastern Conference opponent like LSU or Arkansas. It was OSU's seventh consecutive loss to the Sooners. Oklahoma finishes with a 7-5 record and won its nation-best 30th consecutive home game.

The Cowboys struggled to do anything against an OU defense that entered the game ranked as one of the nation's best.

OSU had its worst offensive showing of the decade, finishing with just six first downs – and three of those came via Sooner penalties – and only 109 total yards. The Cowboys were 0-for-14 on third-down plays and senior quarterback Zac Robinson threw for only 44 yards on 9-of-21 passing.

The Cowboys entered the game with the nation's 16th-best running attack averaging 203.5 yards per game, but the Sooners defense held OSU to 62 rushing yards on 29 attempts. Keith Toston finished with 47 rushing yards, and Kendall Hunter had just 21.

"We were somewhat concerned about matchups in certain areas and unfortunately some of that held to be true," Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said. "As much as you don't want to you have to give some credit to Oklahoma. Their plan on defense was obviously better than ours.

"I don't want to take away what this team has accomplished this year. You play 12 games, and they've had a tremendous season. I shared that with the team after the game. Nobody is more disappointed than the 70 players in that locker room, and the coaches and everybody else involved in our football program. We're extremely disappointed in our play today ... it was very gut-wrenching.

"Their defense was overwhelming for us today. We couldn't run the ball, we couldn't throw the ball, and they were putting pressure on us in all areas," Gundy added.

OU sophomore Ryan Broyles, who at one point in his recruitment was committed to Oklahoma State before switching and signing with the Sooners, accumulated 316 all-purpose yards. He caught a game-high nine passes for 103 yards and returned eight punts for 209 yards, including an 87-yarder for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

OSU punter Quinn Sharp punted 14 times for a 46.9 yard average.

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