WACO, Texas — Oklahoma State desperately wanted a shutout. So much so, safeties coach Joe DeForest pulled the defense aside and gave a passionate fourth-quarter speech in an attempt to fire up the troops enough to secure it. But a late Baylor touchdown ended the Pokes' hopes of a shutout.
The Cowboys failed on that account but accomplished plenty in their 34-7 win over Baylor at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday.
"We are disappointed we didn't get that," defensive coordinator Bill Young said of the shutout. "But the bottom line is we won and played a lot of people."
Key words: Played a lot of people.
The Cowboys defense dominated and they did so while subbing frequently — especially in the secondary.
With Texas visiting Stillwater next Saturday, OSU was able to get several backups, including cornerback Andrew McGee and safeties Victor Johnson and Johnny Thomas, extensive playing time which could play dividends against Colt McCoy and the Longhorns' spread offense.
The Halloween night game will be for the Big 12 South lead and the winner will be the clear favorite to win the division.
The Cowboys head into the matchup playing their best football of the season on defense. OSU allowed the Bears just 43 rushing yards (2.3 per carry) and held them to 284 total yards.
"We are flying around, having fun and everybody is playing as a unit," senior linebacker Andre Sexton said. "Nobody is trying to do anyone else's job. We are just flying around and tackling."