Oklahoma State vs. Baylor football: Five takeaways from Cowboys' win vs. Bears
STILLWATER — It felt like it had been forever since the previous snap, but after four timeouts were called — two by each team — in between plays, Oklahoma State running back Jaylen Warren broke through a hole on the left side of the line for the game-clinching score in the fourth quarter.
No. 18-ranked Oklahoma State defeated No. 24 Baylor 24-14 Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Warren’s TD run came on fourth-and-1 from the 4-yard line with the Cowboys leading by a field goal.
On a day when the passing game was spotty, going for big plays or big disasters, the Cowboys won with the run game and a strangling defensive performance.
Here’s a look at four more takeaways from the victory that moved the Pokes to 5-0 on the season:
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Warren, Martin go for triple digits again
For the third straight game, and with his team needing every inch of yardage, Warren surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark.
Warren had 128 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries.
Additionally, receiver Tay Martin reached triple digits for the third time this season, in each of the three full games he has played. Martin finished with 108 yards on seven catches, including a couple of impressive plays along the sideline that kept OSU drives alive.
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Defense closes the door
Despite a couple of hiccups that led to Baylor points in the second half, the OSU defense was fierce once again.
Baylor came in averaging 273 yards rushing per game, but finished with 107 on 29 carries. Bears quarterback Gerry Bohanon added 173 passing yards.
Baylor was 3-of-15 on third down and 1-of-3 on fourth down.
The defense was twice put in difficult situations after Baylor interceptions -- the Bears had three in all -- and were able to push Baylor out of field goal range.
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True freshman Collin Oliver made the first start of his young career on Saturday in place of injured Brock Martin, who suffered a dislocated elbow last week against Kansas State. Tyren Irby, who also plays the linebacker/defensive end position, was out with a knee injury.
Prior to the season, Trace Ford — the starter at the position — went out for the season with a torn ACL. So the Cowboys were thin at that spot on Saturday, with Oliver and walk-on Ben Kopenski handling the action.
OSU was also thin at running back once again, with LD Brown and Dezmon Jackson both out with leg injuries.
Receiver Bryson Green was out for the second straight week because of the hand injury suffered at Boise State.
Though there was no report of an injury, placekicker Alex Hale was replaced by senior transfer Tanner Brown.
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Weeden to Blackmon lives on
Oklahoma State’s 2011 team was honored with a halftime celebration that concluded the only way it could appropriately be finished — Weeden to Blackmon.
The faces of the 2011 squad, quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon took center stage, with Weeden at the 5-yard line in the middle of the field and Blackmon running toward the corner of the end zone where he caught a pass from his quarterback.
The rest of the players in attendance gathered around the two in the back of the end zone before posing for photos.