Originally Published: Oct 10, 2009 4:4 PM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Oklahoma State Cowboys took to the field in College Station without several of their key players, but managed to play a scrappy game against the Aggies, getting their first road-game win in a 36-31 victory.
There was one big question going into Saturday’s game: How would the Oklahoma State Cowboys win without Kendall Hunter and Dez Bryant?
The question coming out of Saturday’s game: How did the Cowboys beat the Texas A&M Aggies with 118 yards of penalties?
Find out more about how the Oklahoma State defense stepped up when the team needed it.
The Cowboys struggled through the first half, unable to find a rhythm despite putting up 218 yards, which led to a 15-14 deficit at the break. Oklahoma State went 1-6 on third downs in the first half while splitting the time of possession essentially down the middle with Texas A&M, 14:39 to 15:21 respectively.
Oklahoma State came out of the break with a three-and-out, but answered halfway through the third quarter with two scoring drives. More importantly was a 16-play, 84-yard drive in the fourth quarter that took, not only 7:41 seconds off of the clock, but most of the wind out of the Aggies sails.
Read more about how the Cowboys were able to offensively fill the void of Dez Bryant.
“In all three phases, there were big plays,” said head coach Gundy. “Each of the phases contributed to the victory.”
The Cowboys’ running backs were the reason they were able to hold off Texas A&M, with Keith Toston carrying the ball 26 times for 130 yards, in addition to his 2 receptions for 74 yards.
Check out more on Toston's impressive game against the Aggies.
Despite only getting eight carries, senior Beau Johnson also stepped up for the Cowboys, with a few crucial runs late in the game, and accounted for two of the Cowboys five touchdowns on the day. The Cowboys ultimately came out with the 36-31 victory over the Aggies.
“There were a lot of distractions. There were a lot of reasons to be distracted,” Cowboy quarterback Zac Robinson said. “Our team stayed focused and came down here to a very tough place to play and got a win.”
The Cowboys come back to Stillwater next Saturday to take on the Missouri Tigers.
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