OSU RB Dantrell Savage
Dantrell Savage rushed for a career high 212 yards. He is averaging 141.7 rushing yards and 6.6 yards a carry in four games since returning from groin and abdominal injuries. Savage has gained at least 110 yards in those games.
The Cowboys are 3-1 with a healthy Savage and could be 4-0 if they hadn't squandered a 17-0 lead last week at Texas A&M. Savage wasn't healthy in the opener at Georgia. He didn't play at Troy.
Wide receiver Adarius Bowman and tight end Brandon Pettigrew are big-play threats, but Savage is the one player who takes OSU's offense to another level.
OSU rolled up 551 total yards and 45 points, the Cowboys' best totals ever against Nebraska. They scored on all six first-half possessions (five touchdowns and a field goal).
Coaches continue to say this offense isn't nearly as explosive as last year's unit that finished seventh in the nation in scoring, but the Cowboys are looking a lot like the 2006 unit. OSU once again was balanced (317 rushing yards, 234 passing).
The Cowboys owned a 3-0 edge in turnovers. OSU entered the game ranked 101st in the country with a minus-6 turnover ratio.
All three losses can be traced to turnover issues if you include a bad snap on a punt in the opener at Georgia.
At Troy, the Cowboys had five turnovers and fell behind 41-10. At Texas A&M, their only turnover (a disputed Dantrell Savage fumble) turned the momentum with OSU leading 17-3.
By Mike Baldwin