OSU gets to Baylor QB 5 times
Oklahoma State put up one of its best defensive efforts of the season in Saturday night's 45-14 win over Baylor, most notably with the pass rush.
The Cowboys sacked Bears quarterback Blake Szymanski
five times, besting the team's previous season high of three against Texas. Behind Nathan Peterson's
three sacks, Maurice Cummings
one and Jeray Chatham
and Derek Burton
the Cowboys' defense constantly forced Szymanski out of the pocket and into bad throws resulting in two interceptions.
The pass rush has been a sore spot for OSU all season and has resulted in opponents picking apart the Cowboys through the air. OSU entered Saturday's game yielding 309.8 passing yards per game, ranking 117th out of 119 Division I teams. Baylor finished with 226.
"We didn't do a bunch to help create (the pass rush),” defensive coordinator Tim Beckman
said. "They did it on their own and that's what I was happy about. Our front four, we gave them opportunities just to come off the football and beat somebody and they did.”
For as well as they played Saturday, the Cowboy defense committed three costly mistakes that led to the Bears' two touchdowns.
During a series early in the second quarter, the Cowboys helped set up the Bears' six-yard touchdown pass from Szymanski to wide receiver Thomas White
. Andre Sexton,
who played his second straight game at linebacker,
was called for a personal foul penalty. The Cowboys were also whistled for pass interference on the drive. The two penalties contributed 28 yards to the Bears' 81-yard touchdown drive.
On another series just before the half, linebacker Donovan Woods
was flagged for a 15-yard face mask penalty that kept the Bears' last-minute drive alive and resulted in a 28-yard strike from Szymanski to White.
The Cowboys committed five penalties for 64 yards in the first half but finished the game with six for 69 yards.
Running back Keith Toston
was knocked out of the game after sustaining a left knee injury following a kickoff return early in the second quarter.