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Cowboys blow up in third quarter again after halftime adjustments

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: October 9, 2010 at 11:26 am •  Published: October 9, 2010

With seconds remaining in the first half, Oklahoma State took the field as "Stand up and get crunk" blared on the speakers and a small deficit showed on the scoreboard.

This was not the first half the Cowboys expected.

A strong third-quarter rally sparked OSU to a 54-28 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday night at Cajun Field.

The Cowboys trailed the Ragin' Cajuns 21-17 at halftime in a game that was looking quite similar to OSU's heart wrenching win over Texas A&M on Sept. 30.

Quick adjustments at halftime were clear:

* On offense, the focus was getting Kendall Hunter the football and using his success to open up the passing game. Hunter had six carries in the first four minutes of the second half. During that span, OSU scored 14 points to take a 31-21 lead.

OSU used Hunter's success to open up a deep pass to Justin Blackmon and a 24-yard touchdown pass to Michael Harrison and the Pokes never really looked back.

* On defense, OSU adjusted to limit the out routes by ULL and that adjustment resulted in an interception by Andrew McGee on the Ragin' Cajuns first play of the second half. After allowing 21 points and 250 yards in the first half, the Pokes defense shut down ULL in the second half allowing zero points. The Ragin Cajuns only touchdown of the second half came on a kickoff return.

Box Score: OSU, 54 - ULL, 28

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