Oklahoma State 66, Baylor 24
Saturday, November 11th 2006, 3:31 pm
By: News On 6
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Keith Toston rushed for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns and Oklahoma State capitalized on 6 Baylor turnovers to cruise to a 66-24 win on Saturday.
Bobby Reid hit tight end Brandon Pettigrew for 2 1st half touchdowns as the Cowboys (6-4, 3-3 Big 12 Conference) qualified for their fourth bowl in the last five seasons and their first under second year coach Mike Gundy.
Oklahoma State's point total was its highest since beating Southern Illinois 70-7 on September 29, 1973.
Blake Szymanski passed for 262 yards for the Bears (4-7, 3-4), but was intercepted 3 times and lost a fumble. The loss eliminated Baylor from bowl consideration. The Bears have not been to a bowl since 1994.
The Cowboys took control early, scoring 49 unanswered points to take a 52-3 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Five Oklahoma State touchdowns came after Baylor turnovers.
Oklahoma State led 38-3 at halftime. On the second play of the 2nd half, defensive tackle Darnell Smith returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown, and 5 plays later, free safety Donovan Woods returned Dominique Zeigler's fumble 57 yards for another touchdown for the Cowboys.
Reid started the rout, hitting Pettigrew over the middle on a 9 yard touchdown pass in the 1st quarter that put the Cowboys ahead 10-3. The play came after Oklahoma State's Paschal Smith recovered Trent Shelton's fumbled punt return.
Toston's touchdown runs of 27 and 8 yards put the Cowboys ahead 31-3 in the 2nd quarter. After Martel Van Zant intercepted Szymanski at the Baylor 42, Reid again hit Pettigrew, this time for a 13 yard score.
Dantrell Savage rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries for the Cowboys, all in the 1st half. Reid finished 9-10 passing for 88 yards before being replaced by Zac Robinson in the 2nd half.
Szymanski led Baylor on 3 2nd half scoring drives, connecting for touchdowns with Trey Payne from 8 yards and David Gettis from 11 yards to cut into the Cowboys' lead.