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Cowboys' blowout loss nothing but embarrassing

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 15, 2007 at 1:01 am •  Published: September 15, 2007

/> Robinson committed three turnovers but also didn't get a lot of help; receivers Adarius Bowman and Dez Bryant both dropped long passes, and offensive coordinator Larry Fedora abandoned the run too early, when this still was a game.

Who should start next Saturday against Texas Tech? That's becoming the least of OSU's dilemmas. Reid wouldn't have made a difference against Troy, and who knows whether he will get the chance against Tech.

Who should start at tailback is a better question; Dantrell Savage missed the game with injury and backup Keith Toston lost two fumbles.

But it's Texas Tech, so the worry shifts to the OSU defense. If quarterback Omar Haugabook and his Troy Boys can muster 529 total yards through three quarters against State before losing interest, what will Mike Leach and Graham Harrell produce?

OSU's defense was a dozen ways of awful, and maybe most distressing was its laydown to open the second half. Troy led 27-10 at halftime, and while it looked like a rout, you never know. After Troy's methodical, 13-play scoring drive, in which Haugabook played simple pitch and catch with his receivers, you knew.

And when Robinson didn't deliver so much as a first down in OSU's first three offensive possessions of the half, ESPN honchos had to be cursing the day they signed up for this insufferable marathon.

The Cowboys, too. They embarrassed their league and their fans and themselves, and 2007 now looks like a very long season in Stillwater.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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