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Oklahoma State football: Mistakes plague Cowboys in 59-38 loss to Arizona

It was a night littered with mistakes. Lots of mistakes. A school record for penalty yards. Four turnovers. Multiple dropped passes. A defense that could not stop Matt Scott and the Rich Rodriguez spread offense.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: September 9, 2012

It was a night littered with mistakes. Lots of mistakes.

A school record for penalty yards. Four turnovers. Multiple dropped passes. A defense that could not stop Matt Scott and the Rich Rodriguez spread offense.

Oklahoma State fell to Arizona 59-38 in Tucson on Saturday night in a game where miscues stalled the offense, gave the Wildcats free yards and ultimately halted a fourth-quarter comeback attempt.

One moment in the first quarter seemed to ignite the string of missteps that plagued the No. 18 Cowboys (1-1) for the remainder of the night.

After a new quarterback-receiver connection, Wes Lunt-to-Tracy Moore, gave the Cowboys an early 14-0 lead, Calvin Barnett was called for two personal fouls on a play — a roughing the passer call and an unnecessary roughness call.

That 30-yard penalty led to a 15-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Richard Morrison and flipped momentum to the Wildcats.

Later, a fumble by Joseph Randle at the OSU 28 on the Cowboys' ensuing drive put Arizona in prime position for a field goal. Two holding penalties stalled OSU drives inside its 20-yard line. Two more OSU personal fouls — which contributed to the 167 total penalty yards — helped UA tack on 10 more points to propel it to a 23-14 lead at intermission.

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