STILLWATER, Oklahoma – The Oklahoma State Cowboys came to battle as OSU’s homecoming celebrations were in full swing, but disappointment struck Stillwater once again as the Pokes took their third loss of the season, second consecutive, against the Baylor Bears.
The Bears defeated the Cowboys on their home turf 45-27 to conclude America’s Greatest Homecoming in Stillwater and replace the celebration aspect of the weekend with frustration and anguish.
“We have to get back to work,” Mike Gundy said postgame. “We have to look as coaches and players to see what happened, come up with a plan, and go from there.”
OSU, who was coming off a bye week after suffering a 45-35 loss to Texas Tech, held a 13-5 advantage over the Bears in games played in Stillwater, and today was the 24th consecutive meeting between the two teams. The Cowboys entered at 1-2 in the Big 12 Conference, while Baylor remains undefeated in the season taking wins over Iowa State, Kansas State, and Texas Tech.
Baylor, ranked No. 18 coming into this meeting, was picked as the underdog by oddsmakers, and OSU looked to be holding up to that until the fourth quarter where the Bears scored 21 straight points to defeat the Cowboys in front of their own fans.
Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer put on a show completing 13 of 17 passes for 312 yards and one touchdown connecting with guys like Josh Fleeks and Tyquan Thornton, who combined for 222 receiving yards.
Baylor running back JaMycal Hasty led the Bears in rushing on 16 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
This win extended Baylor not only to 7-0, 4-0 in Big 12 play, but also to nine straight wins, the third longest in program history.
“Big plays hurt us,” Gundy said. “We gave up big plays, and we really hadn’t given up many. They ran 54 plays. We ran 86. They big-played us.”
OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders found himself in sticky situations again as he came up on the short end of two fumbles, both of which were in the fourth quarter and costly for the Pokes, and threw one interception.
Sanders now has 14 turnovers in his last five games this season.
“I turned the ball over and that’s on me,” Sanders said. “I’m a competitive player, and it’s just me trying to extend plays. Sometimes I just have to know when to settle down.”
The nation’s leading rusher, Chuba Hubbard, carried 32 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Hubbard powered through tackles to have a large role in the first two touchdowns for the Pokes, but the Bears’ defense would soon learn his schemes and limit his access to the open field as the game rolled on.
“Obviously, it’s a tough loss,” Hubbard said. “If we let this get to us, the season will be a train wreck. We still have a lot of ball to play.”
Before yesterday’s loss, the Cowboys had won four straight homecoming games and 10 in the past 12 years. This would be Coach Gundy’s seventh loss against Baylor in his tenure at Oklahoma State, and this marks win No. 2 for head coach of the Bears Matt Rhule over OSU.
“I hate it for the guys,” Gundy said. “The crowd was awesome. Homecoming was awesome. I wish we would have played better in the fourth quarter for the fans, but we’ll keep moving, get it corrected, come back tomorrow and get ready for Iowa State.”
The Cowboys fall to 4-3 in the season, 1-3 in Big 12 play, and will head to Ames, Iowa, next weekend for a matchup with Iowa State.