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Quick Hits: Oklahoma State 36, TCU 14

By Matt Hinton | Blogger

OKLAHOMA STATE WON. The injury-ravaged Cowboys fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, then proceeded to rip off 36 unanswered en route to their third consecutive conference win. Although they've flown under the radar following September losses to Arizona and Texas, OSU moves into November with every conference goal still very much in reach.

WHY OKLAHOMA STATE WON. With starting quarterback J.W. Walsh sidelined by a knee injury, the Cowboys turned their original starter, freshman Wes Lunt, whose return to the lineup got off to an inauspicious start: His first pass in six weeks was picked off by TCU's Elisha Olabode and taken to the house for a quick, 7-0 Horned Frog lead. Eventually, though, Lunt settled down with the help of a determined ground game – Joseph Randle carried 32 times for 126 yards – and led OSU on eight scoring drives in its next eleven possessions.

But for once, the day belonged to the Oklahoma State defense, the first to hold TCU below 20 points since Boise State in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. The Horned Frogs went three-and-out five times in the first half, and turned it over on each of their last four offensive possessions in the second.

WHEN OKLAHOMA STATE WON. Trailing 26-14 and driving in Cowboy territory with a little over eight minutes to play, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin moved the sticks on a key 4th-and-1 run to the OSU 15-yard-line… and then proceeded to fumble the ball away on the very next play, on a hit by Oklahoma State's Nigel Nicholas. The Cowboys recovered, and milked more than five minutes off the clock en route to a 27-yard field goal by Quinn Sharp – his fifth of the day – that extended the OSU lead to 29-14. By the time the Horned Frogs touched the ball again, only 2:26 remained on the clock and the odds of scoring two touchdowns to tie were effectively nil.

WHAT OKLAHOMA STATE WON. At 3-1 in Big 12 play, the defending conference champions go to Kansas State next week with a chance to turn the race on its head by upsetting the undefeated Wildcats. Even if the Cowboys don't appear in the polls on Sunday morning, they still control their own destiny for a possible repeat.

WHAT TCU LOST. Since starting quarterback Casey Pachall left the team following a drunk driving arrest at the beginning of the month, the Horned Frogs have dropped three of their last four, and have now lost two in a row for the first time since September 2007. Prior to Pachall's departure, they boasted the longest winning streak in the country.

 
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